Vietnamese cyclist wins silver in Asia tourney

Saturday, 2016-01-23 11:36:50
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Phan Hoang Thai (left) wins a silver medal for Vietnam. (Photo: tuoitre.vn)
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NDO - Young cyclist Phan Hoang Thai racked up a silver medal for Vietnam in the men’s U-23 individual massed-start event at the ongoing Asian Cycling Championships in Japan.

In this event, Thai prevailed over many strong rivals from Japan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Iran to claim the coveted continental silver.

The 18 year-old cyclists finished the 100km race shortly after the top finisher Kazakh Ulysbayev Dinmukhammed.

The 36th edition of the Asian Cycling Championships, which runs from January 19-30, sees the participation of hundreds of male and female cyclists from Asian countries, including Japan, China, Iran, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam competing for top honors at the continental sporting event.

The Vietnamese team comprises of competitive cyclists including Nguyen Thi That who won a silver medal at the Asian Games in 2014 in the Republic of Korea, in the women’s event. Young athlete Pham Le Xuan Hong is the only Vietnamese female in the junior event.

The men’s side sees Nguyen Thanh Tam, Trinh Duc Tam and Nguyen Truong Tai competing in the professional event. Huynh Thanh Tung and Phan Hoang Thai represent Vietnam’s U23s.