VietNamNet Bridge – Truong Thanh Hang, Vu Thi Huong (track-and-field) and Le Bich Phuong (karate) are the top competitors for the Outstanding National Athlete title 2010.
The selection of 10 national outstanding athletes and five outstanding coaches 2010 took place in Hanoi, HCM City and Da Nang with the participation of more than 200 sports journalists and experts.
The list of nominees includes 63 athletes and coaches of 25 sports.
Based on their achievements in 2010, experts said that Truong Thanh Hang, Vu Thi Huong (track and field) and Le Bich Phuong (karate) will compete for the most outstanding athlete title. All of them shone at the recent 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.
At the Asian Games 2010, Vu Thi Huong won a silver and a bronze medal at the women’s 100m and 200m running categories while Thanh Hang took two silvers for women’s 800m and 1500m running.
However, Huong is more highly appreciated than Hang because her bronze medal for woman’s 100m running is the first medal of Vietnam at the Asian Games and she broke the national record for women’s 200m running at the 2010 National Sports Games in Da Nang.
In 2009, Huong topped the list of outstanding athletes with her gold medal for women’s 60m running at the Asian Indoor Games 2009 and two gold medals for women’s 100m and 200m running at the Southeast Asian Games 2009.
Thanh Hang was the outstanding athlete in 2007.
Le Bich Phuong (karate) is also an excellent athlete. She won the only gold medal for Vietnam at the 16th Asian Games.
Other nominees are chess player Le Quang Liem (silver medal at 16th Asian Games, Aeroflot championship, etc.), weightlifter Thach Kim Tuan (gold medal at World Young Olympic), wrestler Nguyen Thi Lua (gold medal at 16th Asian Games, silver medal at Young Asian Wrestling Championship, bronze medal at the Asian Wrestling Championship), Karateka Vu Thi Nguyet Anh (silver medal at 16th Asian Games), Vu Van Huyen (track-and-field) (bronze medal at 16th Asian Games), badminton player Nguyen Tien Minh, male football players Thanh Luong and Minh Phuong and female footballers Kieu Trinh and Ngoc Anh.
In the poll for five outstanding coaches, the race is among track-and-field coach Ho Thi Tu Tam, karate coach Le Cong, shooting coach Lam Minh Chau and Nguyen Thi Nhung and weighlifting coach Huynh Huu Chi.
The organizing board (Vietnam Sports Newspaper) will also select the top five disabled athletes and top three disabled coaches.