Swimmer Vien was the best athlete of Vietnam at the 28th Southeast Asian Games, winning eight gold medals and a silver and a bronze medal each, and setting eight records. She has claimed three berths to compete in the Rio Olympics in Brazil next year.
Gymnast Thanh won three gold medals and a bronze medal at the SEA Games and a gold medal in the World Cup in Bulgaria.
Twenty-five other sportspersons, including gymnast Dinh Phuong Thanh, swimmer Lam Quang Nhat, fencer Nguyen Tien Nhat and walker Nguyen Thi Thanh Phuc, also received the Third Class Labour Medal in the same ceremony.
Fifty-six athletes were awarded merit certificates by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.