HCMC - Vietnam so far failed to secure any gold medal at the 16th Asian Games (ASIAD) in Guangzhou, China. The wushu athletes suffered heavy losses to Chinese opponents in the sanshou finals on Wednesday, accepting the silver medals.
Vietnam has yet to secure gold medal at ASIAD
By Vu Duc - The Saigon Times Daily
Vietnam's Nguyen Thi Bich (L) fights with China's E Meidie during their wushu women's sanshou 52kg final at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, Guangdong province on Wednesday - Photo: Reuters HCMC - Vietnam so far failed to secure any gold medal at the 16th Asian Games (ASIAD) in Guangzhou, China. The wushu athletes suffered heavy losses to Chinese opponents in the sanshou finals on Wednesday, accepting the silver medals.
With three silvers and three bronzes on the fifth day of competition, Vietnam dropped to the 14th place on the ranking table with seven silvers and 10 bronzes.
Vietnamese wushu athletes missed the target when they just took silvers at the Games, however, Wushu team now leads the Vietnamese delegation in medal tally, taking five silver and four bronze medals.
Nguyen Thi Bich was 0-10 defeated by E Meidie in the women’s sanshou 52kg category while Phan Van Hau also suffered a 0-10 loss to Li Xinjie in the men’s sanshou 56kg category. The other gold belonged to Nguyen Van Tuan when he was knocked out by Zhang Junyong also from hosts China in the finals of the men’s sanshou 65kg category later in the day.
Earlier, Vietnam grabbed three more bronze medals in the taekwondo competition as Duong Thanh Tam, Nguyen Trong Cuong and Vu Thi Hau were defeated by their opponents in the semifinals.
Duong Thanh Tam lost 1-5 to Kim Dmitriy from Uzbekistan in the men’s under 74kg event while Southeast Asian champion Nguyen Trong Cuong was defeated was 2-17 defeated by Park Yong Hyun from South Korea in the men’s under 87kg event. Vu Thi Hau brought home the bronze as she lost 0-5 to Kasahara Erika from Japan in the women’s semifinals under 49kg event.
In tennis event, Nguyen Hoang Thien beat Al Nabhani Mohammed from Oman 0-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the men’s singles event and Do Minh Quan easily overcame Parivar Jeetendra from Nepal 6-1, 6-1 in the men’s singles event on Wednesday morning. Thien and his compatriots Le Quoc Khanh overpassed Al Mutawa Jabor Mohammed and Zayed Mousa Shanan from Qatar 6-2, 6-3 in the men’s doubles event in the afternoon.
Meanwhile, Tran Lam Anh was knocked out by Damayanti Ayu Kade Dwi Fani from Indonesia with the score of 1-6, 1-6 in the women’s singles event. Anh and her teammate Huynh Mai Huynh also lost 0-6, 2-6 to Abduraimova Nigina and Sharipova Sabina from Uzbekistan in the women’s doubles event in later.
Vietnam’s No. 1 player, Nguyen Tien Minh, who ranks eighth in the world, made a good debut as he overpowered Parupalli Kashyap from India 21-14, 22-20 in the men’s singles of the badminton event.
In the table tennis event, Luong Thi Tam and Pham Thi Thien Kim suffered a 3-11, 7-11, 3-11 loss to Fukuhara Ai and Ishikawa Kasumi from Japan in the women’s doubles event while Mai Hoang My Trang and Mai Xuan Hang were 7-11, 6-11, 9-11 defeated by Feng Tian Wei and Wang Yuegu from Singapore in the same event.
Tran Tuan Quynh was 10-12, 5-11, 4-11, 6-11 beaten by China’s Ma Long in the men’s singles event while Doan Kien Quoc also suffered a 3-11, 4-11, 3-11, 7-11 to Jang Songman from North Korea in the same category in table tennis event later Wednesday.
Chinese chess players showed good performance in Wednesday’s competition when Lai Ly Huynh beat Hong Jackson from the Philippines 2-0 and Nguyen Thanh Bao tied 1-1 with LV Qin from hosts China in round 5 of the men’s individual event.
Hoang Thi Hai Binh drew 1-1 with Lam Ka Yan from Hong Kong while Ngo Huong Lan was 0-2 defeated by Wang Linna from China in round 5 of the women’s individual event.
Vietnamese billiards players showed poor performance in Wednesday’s competition when Duong Thuy Vy and Doan Thi Ngoc Le were defeated 1-7 and 3-7 by Lin Yuan Chun and Chou Chieh Yu from Chinese Taipei respectively the women’s 9-ball pool singles while Nguyen Phuc Long also eliminated from billiards competition after losing 8-9 to Orcollo Dennis from the Philippines in the quarterfinal round of the men’s 9-ball pool singles.
Medals Standings (at 10:00 p.m. Vietnamese time)
2 South Korea
4 North Korea
6 Chinese Taipei
8 Hong Kong