​Vietnam seals gold medal hat-trick in pencak silat on SEA Games penultimate day

Pencak silat delivers final SEA Games gold to Team Vietnam

Vietnam's Nguyen Duy Tuyen celebrates after winning his gold medal.

Pencak silat has delivered three of Team Vietnam’s final gold medals at the 2017 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Malaysia, with three martial artists claiming victory on Tuesday, one day before the biennial event wraps up.

Nguyen Van Tri won the men’s 90kg with an impressive defeat of his Singaporean rival in the final competition. His teammate Nguyen Duy Tuyen earlier topped the men’s 80kg event, while Pham Thi Tuoi snatched gold in the women’s 50kg event.

Vietnam also claimed silver medals in the men’s 50-55kg, 55-60kg and 75kg categories, as well as the women’s 50-55kg events

Vietnam's Pham Thi Tuoi poses with her gold medal.
Vietnam's Pham Thi Tuoi poses with her gold medal.

However, one of the silver medalists, Pham Tuan Anh, failed to take his place on the podium to receive his medal after being hospitalized with a broken arm sustained during his final match with Malaysia’s Mohd Al-Jufferi Jamari.

The Vietnamese broke his arm when he fell to the ground following a counterattack from the Malaysian.

Vietnam's Pham Tuan Anh is taken to hospital with his broken arm.
Vietnam's Pham Tuan Anh is taken to hospital with his broken arm.

The pencak silat team sent Vietnam’s overall medal count to 167, including 58 golds.

The 2017 SEA Games’ last day of official competition is today, August 30, with a closing ceremony scheduled for tonight.

Vietnam’s last hope of winning gold rests with weightlifter Hoang Tan Tai, who will be competing in the men’s under 85kg event.

Vietnam's Nguyen Thai Linh (L) competes at the men's 50-60kg event.
Vietnam's Nguyen Thai Linh (L) competes at the men's 50-60kg event.

The 2017 SEA Games have been held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia between August 19 and 30, playing host to 404 events in 38 different sports.

Vietnam’s target was to win between 49 and 59 gold medals and finish in the top three on the medal tally.

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