Vietnamese athletes concluded the 2023 World Wushu Championships in the United States on Monday with an impressive haul of five gold, three silver, and three bronze medals, according to the Vietnam News Agency (VNA).
These achievements secured Vietnam the second position in the overall standings, trailing only the Chinese team, VNA quoted the Sports Authority of Vietnam.
On Tuesday morning (Vietnam time), the final day of competition, the Vietnamese Wushu team exhibited an explosive performance, earning three gold medals in the men’s 70kg, women’s 48kg, and women’s 60kg sanda (fighting) categories through the exceptional efforts of Huynh Do Dat, Nguyen Thi Lan, and Nguyen Thi Thu Thuy, respectively.
Notably, Thuy clinched the gold medal by defeating Indonesian athlete Roshibina Devi Naorem with a score of 2-0.
This victory marks Thuy’s first world gold medal in her competitive career.
Prior to this, the Vietnam wushu team had won two gold medals in the taolu (performance) category, both courtesy of martial artist Dang Tran Phuong Nhi.
Nhi’s achievement stands as the best result ever for Vietnamese wushu at the World Championship.
The 19-year-old athlete also obtained a silver medal in the women’s nandao taolu.
The 16th World Wushu Championships (WWC) was held in Texas, U.S.A., from November 17 through Tuesday, bringing together more than 500 athletes from 72 countries and territories worldwide.
There were 11 sets of medals on offer in the men’s taolu category and an equal number for the women’s taolu event, with an additional seven sets of medals awarded for the sanda events for both men and women, ranging from 48kg to 75kg.
The Vietnamese delegation boasts 13 athletes participating in this year’s competition.
In the 2019 edition, Vietnamese athletes only grabbed one gold, four silver, and four bronze medals.
The WWC is an international sports championship hosted by the International Wushu Federation (IWUF) for the sports of wushu taolu and sanda (sanshou).
It has been held biennially since 1991 and is the pinnacle of the IWUF.