Vietnam concluded its successful Day 3 at the 2018 Asian Games (Asiad) in Indonesia with two more silver medals and a bronze.
As of the end of Tuesday, the Southeast Asian country had bagged a total of seven medals, including three silvers and four bronzes, ranking 17th out of 45 countries and territories participating in the continental sporting event.
China currently leads the Games with 60 medals, followed by Japan with 47 and South Korea with 34.
Weightlifter Thach Kim Tuan snatched Vietnam’s first silver medal at this year’s Asiad after finishing second in the men’s 56kg event on Monday.
Tuan was able to lift 280kg while his North Korean competitor won the gold medal with a new record of 287kg.
|Weightlifter Trinh Van Vinh wins a silver medal in the men’s 62kg event. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
Trinh Van Vinh, another athlete from the Vietnamese weightlifting team, later won the second silver in the men’s 62kg category after lifting 299kg. He lost to Indonesian athlete Eko Yuli Irawan who was able to lift a total of 311kg.
In Wushu, Pham Quoc Khanh came in second with 9.71 points in the men's Nanquan & Nangun All-Round on Tuesday, while Duong Thuy Vi pocketed a bronze medal in the women's Jianshu & Qiangshu All-Round the same day.
On Day 3, superstar swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien was unable to claim any medal for Vietnam after ranking fifth in the women’s 400m individual medley. Earlier, 18-year-old swimmer Nguyen Huy Hoang exhibited an excellent performance in the pool, snatching the men’s 800m freestyle bronze medal.
|Wushu athlete Duong Thuy Vi holds the bronze medal of the women's Jianshu & Qiangshu All-Round. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
Famous shooter Hoang Xuan Vinh could not advance to the finals of the men’s 10m air pistol event after ranking ninth.
This is the only category that Vinh, who won Vietnam’s first-ever Olympic gold medal in 2016, competed in the 2018 Asiad.
Vietnamese athletes are scheduled to compete in shooting, swimming, Wushu, and cycling on Wednesday.
The 2018 Asian Games takes place in Indonesia from August 18 to September 2 with the theme “Energy of Asia.”
Vietnam’s sports delegation to the Games consists of 532 members, including 352 athletes. It aims to snatch at least three gold medals, with at least one in an Olympic sport.