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Vietnam fetches gold in men’s beach handball at SE Asian Games

Vietnam fetches gold in men’s beach handball at SE Asian Games

Wednesday, May 11, 2022, 12:27 GMT+7
Vietnam fetches gold in men’s beach handball at SE Asian Games
Vietnamese (yellow jersey) and Philippine athletes compete in men’s beach handball at the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam, May 10, 2022. Photo: Hoang Tung / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam won the gold medal in men’s beach handball at the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games after beating the Philippines 2-1 in northern Quang Ninh Province on Tuesday.

The two teams tied at the end of two sets and participated in a tiebreaker during their match, which took place in Quang Ninh’s Ha Long City, home to UNESCO-recognized Ha Long Bay.

The hosts fetched a perfect ten points while the Philippines scored only eight in the tiebreak.

Vietnamese (yellow jersey) and Philippine athletes compete in men’s beach handball at the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam, May 10, 2022. Photo: Hoang Tung / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese (yellow jersey) and Philippine athletes compete in men’s beach handball at the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam, May 10, 2022. Photo: Hoang Tung / Tuoi Tre

The result marked Vietnam’s fifth consecutive wins, securing them the championship before the final match.

The Vietnamese side still has a match against Thailand on Wednesday.

Coach Trinh Huy Cuong (R) conveys a tactic to Vietnamese beach handball players during their match against the Philippines at the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam, May 10, 2022. Photo: Hoang Tung / Tuoi Tre

Coach Trinh Huy Cuong (R) conveys a tactic to Vietnamese beach handball players during their match against the Philippines at the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam, May 10, 2022. Photo: Hoang Tung / Tuoi Tre

At the 30th SEA Games in the Philippines in 2019, Vietnam also brought home the gold medal in men’s beach handball.

On Tuesday, Vietnamese divers Nguyen Quang Dat and Dang Hoang Tu won a bronze medal in men’s three-meter springboard after scoring 251.46 points.

Earlier on the day, the national kurash team had also won the country’s first four gold medals in the women’s under-48-kilogram, men’s 81-kilogram, women’s 52-kilogram and men’s 90-kilogram categories.

Vietnamese (yellow jersey) and Philippine athletes compete in men’s beach handball at the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam, May 10, 2022. Photo: Hoang Tung / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese (yellow jersey) and Philippine athletes compete in men’s beach handball at the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam, May 10, 2022. Photo: Hoang Tung / Tuoi Tre

The 31st SEA Games are taking place in Hanoi and 11 neighboring provinces and cities.

The official duration is from May 12 to 23, but some events commenced a few days before the opening ceremony, including men’s and women’s football, kickboxing, diving, futsal, beach handball, rowing, 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.

Vietnamese (yellow jersey) and Philippine athletes compete in men’s beach handball at the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam, May 10, 2022. Photo: Hoang Tung / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese (yellow jersey) and Philippine athletes compete in men’s beach handball at the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam, May 10, 2022. Photo: Hoang Tung / Tuoi Tre

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.

Regarding the medal count, Malaysia has taken the lead with six golds, two silvers, and one bronze, followed by Vietnam with four golds, five silvers, and two bronzes.

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