Ngo Phuong Mai, Nguyen Tung Duong, and Phuong The Anh won the first medals for Vietnam at the 2021 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games after claiming bronze and silver in diving on Sunday.
Mai earned the bronze medal in the women’s one-meter springboard event at the My Dinh Water Sports Palace in Hanoi.
Mai, 24, got 224 points from competing against seven others from Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines.
Two Malaysian athletes, Nur Dhabitah Sabri and Kimberly Bong Qian Ping, won the gold and silver medals with 290.45 points and 230 points, respectively.
Mai had also won bronze medals at the three previous editions of the Games.
Later on Sunday afternoon, Duong and Anh won the silver medal in the men’s three-meter synchro category.
The gold medal was claimed by Malaysian duo Chew Yi Wei and Ooi Tze Liang.
|Vietnam’s divers Nguyen Tung Duong and Phuong The Anh compete in men’s three-meter synchro at the 2021 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games at My Dinh Water Sports Palace in Hanoi, May 8, 2022. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre|
The 31st SEA Games will take place in Hanoi and 11 neighboring provinces and cities from May 12 to 23, with some events set to commence a few days before the opening ceremony, including men’s and women’s football, kickboxing, diving, futsal, and Kurash.
The biennial event was originally scheduled to be held from November 21 to December 2, 2021 but was postponed after Vietnam saw a flare-up of COVID-19 cases in late April the same year.
The tournament will be attended by 11 delegations from Southeast Asian nations and consist of 526 categories in 40 sports.
Over 7,878 athletes, coaches, and members of the 11 sports delegations have registered for the event.
Two other diving’s events, men’s one-meter springboard and women’s synchro, and competitions in kickboxing, beach handball, and rowing were scheduled to take place on Monday.