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Vietnam wins first-ever gold medal in SEA Games men’s marathon

Vietnam wins first-ever gold medal in SEA Games men’s marathon

Thursday, May 19, 2022, 11:22 GMT+7
Vietnam wins first-ever gold medal in SEA Games men’s marathon
Vietnamese athlete Hoang Nguyen Thanh celebrates after finishing first in the marathon event to win a gold medal at My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi, May 19, 2022. Photo: Hoang Tung / Tuoi Tre

Hoang Nguyen Thanh took home the gold medal in men’s marathon at the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games on Thursday morning, the first-ever victory for Vietnam in the event.

The marathoner finished the 42-kilometer race in two 2:25:7.84.

Thanh’s gold medal is the 127th gold in Vietnam’s tally.

On the same morning, Vo Xuan Vinh and Nguyen Thi Thanh Phuc claimed a gold medal in men’s and women’s 20km walk events, respectively.

In the men’s 20km walk, the bronze medal also went to another Vietnamese athlete -- Nguyen Thanh Ngung.

Hoang Thi Ngoc Hoa earned a bronze medal for Vietnam in the women’s marathon event, which is also her debut competition at a SEA Games edition.

Vietnamese athlete Hoang Nguyen Thanh reacts after finishing first in the athletics’ marathon event to win a gold medal at My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi, May 19, 2022. Photo: Hoang Tung / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese athlete Hoang Nguyen Thanh reacts after finishing first in the marathon event to win a gold medal at My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi, May 19, 2022. Photo: Hoang Tung / Tuoi Tre

With these achievements, the medal count of Team Vietnamese at the ongoing SEA Games has reached 282 medals, including 129 golds, 77 silvers, and 76 bronzes, at the time of writing.

The current SEA Games, which are in their 31st edition and boast 526 categories in 40 sports, are taking place in Hanoi and 11 neighboring provinces and cities from May 12 to 23.

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.

Over 7,878 athletes, coaches, and members of 11 sports delegations in Southeast Asia have registered for the event. 

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