In the snatch contest, Vinh was successful with his first and second attempts of 130kg and 135kg, but failed to lift 138kg in his last attempt.
Meanwhile, Vinh’s direct competitor, Eko Yuli Irawan of Indonesia, broke his own record of 137kg with a snatch lift of 138kg before successfully lifting 140kg in his next attempt.
The clean and jerk contest saw Irawan settle for a best lift of 166kg and looking to secure the overall crown with a total lift of 306kg.
In that context, after lifting 162kg in his first attempt, in order to win the gold medal, Vietnam’s Trinh Van Vinh decided to register to try the 172kg level, in which he was successful and broke the Games record.
In addition, Vinh also smashed another SEA Games record with a total lift of 307kg, just one kilogram more than the previous record of 306kg that had just been set by Irawan.
Vinh’s gold medal was the second for the weightlifting team in this year’s SEA Games and also the second title won by the Vietnamese athletes today.
Besides the success of weightlifters, Vietnamese competitors also brought home three silver medals – two in taekwondo and one artistic gymnastics – and two additional bronzes in badminton and Muay.