​Vietnam has high hopes for top swimmer Anh Vien at upcoming SEA Games

The country has high expectations for Anh Vien following her excellent performances at the 2015 SEA Games

Vietnamese swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien during competition. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Vietnam can rest assured that swimming super star Nguyen Thi Anh Vien will score big for the country during the 2017 Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Malaysia.

Despite leaving this year’s recently completed World Aquatics Championships held in Hungary empty-handed, Anh Vien is still considered a top contender in Southeast Asia.

During the upcoming 2017 SEA Games in Malaysia, the Vietnamese swimming team is anticipating at least 10 gold medals for the country.

At the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore, Anh Vien produced an exceptional performance winning eight gold, one silver, and one bronze medal while also breaking eight SEA Games records.

At the FINA World Championships in Hungary, the 21-year-old swimmer broke her own personal best by two seconds in her favored 400 meter individual medley, clocking a time of 4:40.39, which placed her in tenth position overall after the qualifying round, just outside a final spot.

Her previous record was four minutes and 42.88 seconds, which she set at the 2015 SEA Games.

In both the 200- meter and 400- meter categories, Anh Vien streaked ahead of her competition in South East Asia.

According to swimming experts, given that the World Aquatics Championships and then the SEA Games take place in two consecutive months, Coach Dang Anh Tuan had to decide which one was more important.

Given high expectations, the young swimmer is anticipated to shine in Kuala Lumpur.

Regarding the men’s competition, the games are expected to be dominated by Singapore’s Joseph Isaac Schooling.

Vietnam’s top male swimmer Hoang Quy Phuoc is expected to lose his top spot in the 200- meter freestyle category.

Phuoc took gold at the 2015 SEA Games after finishing in one minute and 48.96 seconds.

Le Nguyen Paul, another contender from Vietnam, is not expected to bring home a gold medal given he ranked behind two other competitors from Indonesia and Singapore during the recent world championships.

The SEA Games is a biennial sporting competition held among the 11 countries of the Southeast Asian region.

This year’s games will be held in Kuala Lumpur from August 19 to 31.

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