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​Déjà vu: Vietnam archers fall short of SEA Games gold

​Déjà vu: Vietnam archers fall short of SEA Games gold

Friday, August 18, 2017, 11:12 GMT+7

Vietnamese archers watched as gold medal dreams slipped away at the 2017 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games during the women’s team compound bow event on Thursday.

Hopes were high for a victory in team competition after 22 year-old Chau Kieu Oanh snatched the silver medal in the women’s individual event on Tuesday, Vietnam’s first medal at this year’s Games in Malaysia.

Kieu Oanh, Nhat Le, and Ngoc Huyen seemed unfazed during the first four rounds of competition, accumulating a combined 225 points and putting them on equal footing with the host archers.

The two teams entered into a tie-breaker round, where the Vietnamese team finished just one point shy of the Malaysians.

A Vietnamese archer prepares to shoot.
A Vietnamese archer prepares to shoot.

Also on Thursday, the men’s compound bow team, consisting of seasoned archers Tien Cuong, Van Day, and Phi Hung, were unable to pull off a victory in their bronze-medal competition.

Team Vietnam currently has two silver medals at the Games, both earned by the female archers, and Vietnam’s coach Cap Manh Tan is not satisfied.

“The women’s compound bow team have secured their first-ever medal at the SEA Games,” Tan said.

On Friday morning, the Vietnamese duo, consisting of silver medalist Kieu Oanh and six-time SEA Games competitor Tien Cuong, earned a bronze medal in the mixed compound bow competition.

The 2017 SEA Games are being held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from August 19 to 30, hosting 404 events in 38 different sports.

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