​Vietnam wins third silver medal as track-and-field starts at SEA Games

Hoang Thi Thanh finished second at the women’s marathon event

Vietnam's marathon athlete Hoang Thi Thanh poses with her silver medal.

Vietnam added the third silver medal to its 2017 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games collection as Hoang Thi Thanh finished second at the women’s marathon event in the first competition day of track-and-field on Saturday.

Thanh crossed the finish line after running for two hours and 55 minutes and 43 seconds, five minutes shy of the Philippine gold medalist Tabal Mary, who clocked at 2 hours and 48 minutes and 26 seconds.

In the men’s event, the Vietnamese hopeful The Anh underperformed and failed to finish within the top three.

Thanh said she was not really happy with the silver medal.

“I was having some health problem as the competition schedule falls right on my period,” she told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on the field.

“I also developed some bone problems a few years ago so it was difficult passing some slopes.”

Duong Duc Thuy, head of Vietnam’s track-and-field team, also said Thanh could have done better, even though she had successfully changed the color of the bronze medal earned in the 2015 SEA Games.

Vietnam will have no other competitions at SEA Games on Saturday.

Team Vietnam currently have three silver medals and one bronze. Besides the marathon silver, all of the other trophies were won by the archery team.

Vietnam targets to bring home 49-59 gold medals and finish in the top three of the Games, whose open ceremony slated for tonight in Kuala Lumpur.

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