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VN swimming talents attend Asian champs in Dubai

VN swimming talents attend Asian champs in Dubai

Thursday, November 15, 2012, 15:25 GMT+7

Vietnamese teenage swimmers Nguyen Thi Anh Vien and Hoang Quy Phuoc have left for Dubai today to attend the 9th Asian Swimming Championships. The event attracted 700 swimmers from 23 nations and territories, including certain Olympics medalists from China, Japan, and South Korea. Female swimmer Anh Vien is the largest hope as she will be competing at her forte event -- women's 200m breaststroke. The 16-year-old has made steady progress since the SEA Games 2011, where she failed to take home any medal at a clocking of 2’18”51. At the London Olympics, she achieved an impressive result of 2’13”35, which is 0.35 seconds faster than the time Japanese athlete Marie Kamimura swam to win the bronze medal at the 8th Asian championship edition. The Da Nang-based swimmer has attended a training trip in Florida, the USA after the 2012 Olympic to prepare for the UAE event. Meanwhile, the largest target of Quy Phuoc in Dubai is to find back his form after the troubled training trip in the US earlier this year. The 19-year-old will take advantage of the event to measure the effectiveness of his recent two-month training in Kunming, China. In related news, gymnast Nguyen Ha Thanh on Wednesday snatched a silver and a bronze medal for Vietnam at the men’s parallel bars and vault events at the Asian Artistic Gymnastics Championships in China. Earlier on Tuesday, Phan Thi Ha Thanh took home the first-ever gold medal for Vietnam at the Asian arena after topping the women’s vault finale.

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