The Vietnamese national disability swimming squad on Monday concluded their participations at the British International Disability Swimming Championships in Sheffield, bringing home eight tickets to attend the 2012 London Paralympic Games this August.
Swimmer Vo Thanh Tung alone has achieved four qualifying standard A for the Paralympic, said head coach Dong Quoc Cuong, who accompanied the team to the UK.
At the S5 disability category, Tung achieved the standard at the 50m (35”39) and 100m (1’21”63) freestyle, 50m backstroke (45”81), and 50m butterfly (40”11) events.
There are 14 officially recognized disability classes in the functional classification system. Athletes with more significant disabilities compete in the lower classes, S1 to S5, while S10 athletes are deemed the least disabled.
What is more noteworthy is that Tung’s performance in the 50m butterfly event has approached the bronze medal at 2008 Beijing Olympic.
“The great conditions in accommodation and competing in the UK has enabled me to perform at the best of my ability,” shared Tung.
Meanwhile, swimmer Nguyen Thanh Trungm also grabbed a ticket to London at the 100m breaststroke event in the SB4 category at 1’54’’, five seconds faster than the qualifying standard A, at his first ever international tournament.
Three other swimmers made it to the Paralympic include Du Thi Lan, Trinh Thi Bich Nhu, and Nguyen Thi Sari, all competed at the women’s 100m breaststroke event.
The 2012 Summer Paralympic Games, the fourteenth edition, will take place between 29 August and 9 September in London, the UK.