National Games 2018: Hanoi consolidates top spot

Wednesday, 2018-12-05 11:46:15
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Medalists of the women's fencing epee individual event on the podium. (Photo: NDO/Thuy Nguyen)
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NDO – Hanoi continued to dominate the medal tally at the ongoing National Games 2018, winning a total of 104 gold medals as of December 4 to firmly boost their race to the final top spot.

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After table leaders Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City are currently ranked second with 84 golds, followed by the Army delegation with 42 gold medals, with half that figure for Da Nang in fourth.

In yesterday’s competition, four new national records were established in the pool. 1992 US born swimmer Le Nguyen Paul (An Giang province delegation) set a new record in the men’s 50m backstroke with 25.54 seconds, an improvement of 3% compared to his previous achievement made in 2016.

Swimmer My Thao (Binh Phuoc) once again excelled as she smashed the record in women’s 200m butterfly in 2:10.92, beating the old record of decorated Anh Vien (2:11.12) set in 2015. Having failed at the women’s 100m butterfly the day before, Vien abandoned her intention of competing in the women’s 200m butterfly yesterday.

Meanwhile, Nguyen Huy Hoang (Quang Binh) also broke the men’s 200m butterfly record set by Hoang Quy Phuoc four years ago, with Hoang’s new achievement clocked at 1:59.59.

The women's swimming team from Ho Chi Minh City also demolished the 400m mixed event.

In other events yesterday, Nguyen Minh Quang (Bac Ninh) won 15-13 against his teammate Nguyen Quoc Oai to bag the gold medal in men’s fencing foil individual. 2017 Southeast Asian Games champion Nguyen Thi Nhu Hoa beat 2015 Southeast Asian Games winner Tran Thi Len (Hai Duong) 15-7 to take the top spot in women's epee individual.

On the last competition day for karate, Can Tho female team overtook Thanh Hoa to win the gold medal in Group 1. Meanwhile, the Army team won the combat event, defeating Thanh Hoa team in the final battle in Group 2. Thanks to this late gold, the Army team climbed to the top in the karate event with four gold medals, followed by Hanoi and Dong Thap with three golds each.

Tran Quyet Chien from Ho Chi Minh City beat his teammate Nguyen Quoc Nguyen with a narrow score of 40-36 to win gold in three-cushion billiards.