Vietnamese teenager Nguyen Thi Anh Vien got off to a good start earning two gold medals at the ongoing inaugural Southeast Asian (SEA) Swimming Championships, which officially opened in Singapore yesterday.
The 15-year-old began the opening night by winning the women’s 200-metre backstroke in 2 minutes 13.66 seconds, clearing the Olympic B standard of 2 minutes 15.42 seconds.
She then surprised everyone by clinching a second gold medal in the women’s 200-metre individual medley with a time of 2 minutes 17.67 seconds, which also surpassed the Olympic B standard of 2 minutes 18.03 seconds.
Another Vietnamese swimmer, Hoang Quy Phuoc, will start the competition today in the men’s 100-metre freestyle, in which he registered a time of 51.00 seconds.
The five-day tournament offers a good opportunity for Vietnamese swimming talents Anh Vien and Quy Phuoc to add to their achievements before FINA announces the official list of swimmers worldwide who qualify for the upcoming Olympic Games in London.