Vietnam has finally reached its goal of winning at least one gold medal in an Olympic sport at the 2018 Asian Games (Asiad) in Indonesia as the country’s women's rowing team paddled into first place on Thursday.
Vietnam's lightweight women's quadruple sculls claimed gold in the final race in the second-to-last day of rowing events held in Palembang on Day 5.
The four rowers, Luong Thi Thao, Ho Thi Ly, Ta Thanh Huyen and Pham Thi Thao, clocked 7:01:11, 3.27 seconds faster than the Iranian runners-up and 5.11 seconds ahead of the bronze medalists from South Korea.
|A screenshot of the final results from the lightweight women's quadruple sculls event in rowing at the 2018 Asian Games as of August 23, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre News|
The brilliant performance of the rowers overjoyed Vietnam, as it is the country’s only gold medal so far at the Games.
The feat lifted Vietnam to the 13th position in the medal table with one gold, four silver and seven bronze medals as of 5:00 pm on Thursday.
It is also a historic victory in the Vietnamese rowing’s record, with the highest results Vietnam achieved in the sport being one silver and two bronzes at Incheon 2014.
The precious rowing gold medal also helps break the Southeast Asian nation’s curse of winning no gold medal in an Olympic sport at Asia's largest playground, 20 years since taekwondo martial artist Ho Nhat Thong topped the men’s under 54kg category at the 1998 Asian Games in Thailand.
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.