Vietnam won four bronze medals in rowing and taekwondo at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China on the first two days of official competition.
On Monday morning, the Vietnamese rowing team claimed the two latest bronze medals in the women’s four heavyweight coxed and women’s eight heavyweight coxed events.
Vietnamese athletes are competing in 13 sports, including women’s football, gymnastics, boxing, chess, fencing, esports, judo, rowing, taekwondo, wushu, swimming, table tennis, and shooting.
Previously, four rowers Dinh Thi Hao, Du Thi Bong, Ha Thi Vui, and Pham Thi Hue finished third in six minutes and 52.35 seconds to earn a bronze in the women’s coxless fours on Sunday.
Host China finished first in six minutes and 42.03 seconds and Japan passed Vietnam in the last meters for the second position, clocking six minutes and 47.04 seconds.
Later on the same day, martial artist Tran Ho Duy secured a bronze medal in the men’s individual poomsae category of taekwondo after being eliminated from the semifinals by South Korean rival Kang Wanjin.
In men’s football, Vietnam bowed out after losing 1-3 to Saudi Arabia in their last Group B match on Sunday afternoon.
During the boxing round of 16, Vietnam’s 2022 Asian champion Nguyen Thi Tam was defeated by Nikhat Zareen, a two-time world champion in the flyweight and light flyweight categories in both 2022 and 2023, 0-5 in the 50kg weight class.
On the first day of competition, Vietnamese athletes took part in 14 sports, including shooting, boxing, men’s football, table tennis, swimming, chess, fencing, esport, judo, rowing, wushu, taekwondo, tennis, and gymnastics.
About 12,400 athletes from 45 countries and territories are competing to win 481 gold medals in 40 sports at the 19th Asian Games, the continent’s largest sporting event, which officially commenced on Sunday.
Vietnam dispatched a delegation of 504 participants and coaches, including 320 athletes, to the tournament with a target of achieving at least two gold medals.
China was leading the medal table, with 27 gold medals, 11 silvers, and five bronzes as of 12:00 pm on Monday, far ahead of South Korea and Japan, who secured five and three gold medals, respectively.
The Vietnamese delegation ranked 15th.