VietNamNet Bridge – Walker Nguyen Thi Thanh Phuc returned home on March 12 after striking a bronze medal at the Asian Walking Championships 2012, and won a ticket to the Olympic London.
Walker Thanh Phuc and the General Department of Sports and Physical
Training Vuong Bich Thang at the Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi.
Phuc was warmly welcomed by the chief of the General Department of Sports and Physical Training Vuong Bich Thang at the Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi.
The 22-year-old woman from the central city of Danang clocked one hour and 35 minutes in the 20km race to successfully qualify for Olympic Standard B. Phuc won a gold medal in the same race at the 26th SEA Games in Indonesia last year with a time of 1h43'22 ''.
Though the list of track-and-field athletes who earn tickets to the Olympic is to be made public on July 8, Phuc has surely got the ticket. She is the first Vietnamese track-and-field earning the berth.
Since Vietnam has got the first track-and-field ticket, Vietnam is no longer in the group of countries that will be given two exceptional berths at the Olympic.
Returning home, Phuc was immediately rewarded VND20 million ($1,000) for her success.
Thanh Phuc at the SEA Games 2011.
Phuc was born in a poor family in Da Nang. Three members in her family join the city’s walking team. Phuc and her younger brother Thanh Ngung are summoned to the national walking team.
As a new face of Vietnam’s track-and-field, Phuc made a big surprise when she won a gold medal at her first Southeast Asian Games last year.
Phuc is the eighth Vietnamese athlete who has had a berth at the Olympic London. Others include gymnasts Phan Thi Ha Thanh and Pham Phuoc Hung, Taekwondo artists Le Huynh Chau and Chu Hoang Dieu Linh, Judoka Van Ngoc Tu and shooters Hoang Xuan Vinh and Pham Hoang Ngoc.
Swimmer Hoang Quy Phuoc has broken the Olympic Standard B and is preparing to conquer the Standard A. It is rather sure for badminton player Nguyen Tien Minh to get an Olympic ticket. S. Tung