Local swimming talent wins US club-level champ
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Vietnamese swimmer Hoang Quy Phuoc Sunday won the gold medal at the first tournament he joined during a six-month training session in the US in preparation for the London Olympics.
(From L), swimmer Hoang Quy Phuoc (L) his coach Phan Thanh Toai, and two other swimmers Nguyen Thanh Phuc and Nguyen Thanh Ngung Photo: Tuoi Tre
At the club-level BSS TYR February Meet tournament, Phuoc grabbed the gold medal for 100-yard butterfly at 49.7 seconds, and a silver for 200-yard freestyle at 57.06 seconds, after beating nearly 60 rivals in each category.
Phuoc won two gold medals at the 26th SEA Games in November 2011, in Indonesia, where he set a new SEA Games record in the men’s 100m butterfly event, with a result of 53:07 seconds. The previous record was held by Malaysian Daniel Bego in the 2009 SEA Games, at 53:82.
“This is a positive sign from Phuoc after his first month training in the US,” Nguyen Tan Quang, the coach who accompanied him to Florida for training, wrote to Tuoi Tre.
Quang said US experts at the Bolles school are improving his technique, , something that he did not have during previous training courses in China.
The American experts have enthusiastically pointed out Phuoc’s technical points and helped him improve, Quang said.
The coach said he is also trying to mix the training styles of China and the US together, in order for Phuoc to have the perfect development.
“I also hope this first success will motivate Phuoc to be confident in his journey to win a ticket to London this summer,” he said.