Vietnam finishes 2nd at int’l Thai boxing champs
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Vietnamese muay Thai boxers have finished second at the annual World Muay Thai Federation Championships in Bangkok.
Martial artist Nguyen Tran Duy Nhat grabbed gold after beating defending champion Alexei Eltsov from Russia in the final of the 60 kg category Photo: Tuoi Tre
The Vietnamese team earned two gold, one silver and seven bronze medals, standing only behind the Russian team.
Last year, the squad only had 1 gold medal.
Martial artist Nguyen Tran Duy Nhat, who snatched a gold medal in the men's 57 kg category last year, competed in the 60 kg category this time and still managed to grab gold after beating defending champion Alexei Eltsov from Russia in the final.
Nhat won the world championships twice in a row in 2010 and 2011.
Nguyen Thi Ngoc Thang earned the second gold medal for the Vietnamese team in the women's 57 kg category after her victory by default against Indian rival Liashsnagpull Renthei.
At the world championships for youths, the Vietnamese martial artists had an impressive performance by securing seven gold medals – 6 more than last year – topping the tally of the event, followed by host Thailand and Ukraine.
In the women's event, Bui Yen Ly, Phung Thu Ha and Tran Thi Huong defeated strong host opponents to take the first place in the 51 kg, 63.5 kg and 60 kg categories respectively.
Meanwhile, Nguyen Tang Quyen (51 kg category), Nguyen Huy Tan (45 kg), Nguyen Doan Long (54 kg), and Truong Quoc Hung (67 kg) all pocketed gold in the men's event.
After the event, the Vietnamese boxers will compete at the World Semi-professional Tournament in Bangkok from March 21 - 24 as part of the 9th Amateur/Pro-AM Muay Thai World Championships.
Muay Thai kickboxing, commonly known as Muay, is a combat sport from Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques.