The Vietnamese delegation to the 2022 Southeast Asian Para Games (ASEAN Para Games) in Indonesia arrived home on Sunday after claiming 183 medals, including 65 golds, 62 silvers, and 56 bronzes, ranking third on the medal table at the biennial multi-sport event, which concluded a day before.
It is the highest number of medals Vietnam has achieved since it hosted the Games in 2003.
The Vietnamese team initially set a target to win 35-40 gold medals at the regional Games.
Vietnam broke 16 records this year, 14 of which were in swimming.
Swimmer Vi Thi Hang set three new records, the highest among Vietnamese athletes, in the women’s 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter breaststroke, and 100-meter freestyle categories.
Swimmers Vo Huynh Anh Khoa, Le Thi Dung, Trinh Thi Bich Nhu, and Do Thanh Hai broke two records each.
The remaining two records were set by weightlifters Chau Hoang Tuyet Loan and Dang Thi Linh Phuong.
|Dang Ha Viet, general director of the General Department of Sports and Physical Training, escorts a mobility-impaired athlete upon his arrival at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on August 7, 2022 following the conclusion of the 2022 Southeast Asian Para Games (ASEAN Para Games) in Indonesia. Photo: Quy Luong / Tuoi Tre|
The swimming athletes also earned 27 of the 65 gold medals for the Vietnamese team this year.
The sport was followed by track and field with 15 and chess with 13.
Vietnam sent 120 athletes to the 2022 ASEAN Para Games to compete in eight out of 14 sports, namely track and field, swimming, weightlifting, badminton, table tennis, chess, judo, and archery.
The regional Games, taking place from July 30 to August 6, brought together 1,286 athletes from 11 Southeast Asian nations.
Indonesia topped the medal tally with 177 gold medals and Thailand finished second with 117.