Tran Quoc Cuong won the first gold for Vietnam on the fifth day of competition, scoring 650.7 points to win the men’s optional 50m short gun title.
Taekwondo martial artist Ha Thi Nguyen recorded a 3-2 victory over her Cambodian rival in the final match of the women’s under 73kg combat category.
Fencer Nguyen Thi Tuoi grabbed another gold after overcoming her teammate, Le Thi Bich, by a score of 15-0 in the women’s individual foil final.
Following wrestler Khoa’s gold medal in the men’s 74kg category the day before, Tran Van Duc and Tran Thi Dieu Ninh snatched two more golds in the men’s 120kg classical and women’s under 55kg freestyle events, respectively.
Vovinam artist Nguyen Duy Khanh added a gold to Vietnam’s medal tally when he defeated his Cambodian competitor in the men’s 60kg final to claim the title.
Gymnasts dominated the 26th SEA Games, contributing nine of the 18 gold medals Vietnam won on November 15. In addition to two golds earned by Phan Thi Ha Thanh, Ngan Thuong made an impressive comeback with two more on the balance beam and uneven bars.
Hoang Cuong, Phuoc Hung, Tuan Dat, Dang Nam and Ha Thanh picked up the other five golds in the men’s individual freestyle, horizontal bar, vaulting, rings and parallel bars events, respectively.
In track and field, Dao Xuan Cuong took home the gold in the men’s 400m hurdles, while “Speed Queen” Truong Thanh Hang continued to dominate the women’s 800m run after defending her 1,500m championship title two days earlier.
Nguyen Van Hung took gold in the men’s triple jump whilst Duong Van Thai surprised everyone by bagging his first SEA Games gold in the men’s 800m race.