(CPV) - The World Gymnastics Federation announced that the Vietnamese gymnast Pham Phuoc Hung won a ticket to the Olympic London 2012 for the men’s all-round event.
Previously, Hung did not perform well at the second qualifier round in London and was disqualified in the men’s six events. However, he acquired a ticket thanks to his success in men’s all-round event.
Competing with forty-nine gymnasts from around the world, Pham Phuoc Hung has earned a total of 83.532 points at the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Qualifying contest in London, ranking 43/98. However, in regulations, each nation has only one place at the event. Some nations who have 3 athletes in the qualifying round have to make a decision on which athlete will progress. So, Phuoc Hung from Vietnam automatically upgraded from 43 rd to 21 st position.
Specifically, Hung earned a score of 14.6 for his performance on the parallel bars; 14.066 on floor exercise; 13.200 on the pommel horse; 13.9 on the rings; 14.1 on the vault and 13.666 points on the high bar.
He entered the men's gymnastics program when he was seven, finished fourth in the men's individual parallel bars at the 2009 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Portugal.
Hung has excelled in competitions recently, winning two gold medals at the 26th SEA Games in Indonesia last November.
Up to now, Vietnam has 5 athletes to compete at the Olympic 2012 in London including Pha Thi Ha Thanh, Pham Phuoc Hung (gymnast), Le Huynh Chau, Chu Hoang Dieu Linh (taekwondo) and Van Ngoc Tu (Judo). Besides, Vietnamese star Nguyen Tien Minh will surely have a ticket to the biggest sports event in the world athough the World Badminton Federation has not made public the list of winners.
Vietnam's first gymnast to win a ticket to the Olympics was 21-year-old Phan Thi Ha Thanh. Hailing from the northern port city of Hai Phong, Thanh won a bronze medal at the recent world event.
Hanoian athlete Phuoc Hung won plaudits from Chinese gymnastic experts since he was a 1 st grade pupil at the Hoang Dieu primary school in 1992. Since then they have spent a lot of time convincing his parents to allow him to practice and become a professional gymnast. After nearly 10 years practicing in China, Phuoc Hung returned home and won a gold medal at the national sports festival 2002. At the 23 rd SEA Games hosted by Vietnam in 2003, he pocketed his first gold medal in the parallel bars category./.