HÀ NỘI — The 19th Asian Games (ASIAD) in China witnessed a momentous occasion for Vietnam as marksman Phạm Quang Huy clinched the nation’s first gold medal on Thursday morning.
- Historic Gold: Phạm Quang Huy secured Vietnam’s first gold at the 19th ASIAD with a remarkable score of 240.5 points in the men’s 10m air pistol final.
- Stiff Competition: South Korea’s Lee Wonho and Uzbekistan’s Vladimir Svechnikov bagged the silver and bronze medals, respectively.
- Guided by the Best: Huy trains under the mentorship of coach Hoàng Xuân Vinh, Vietnam’s first-ever Olympic gold medalist.
- Team Achievements: The Vietnamese men’s team added a bronze in the 10m air pistol event.
- Wushu Success: Vietnam’s wushu athletes also made their mark, securing two bronze medals in combat categories.
In a nail-biting men’s 10m air pistol final, Huy’s exceptional performance ensured he stood atop the podium, bringing immense pride to Vietnam. Trailing him was Lee Wonho with 239.4 points, while Vladimir Svechnikov rounded off the top three with 219.9 points.
Huy’s achievement is even more commendable considering he trains under the tutelage of Hoàng Xuân Vinh. Vinh is no stranger to making history; he clinched a gold medal in the men’s 10m air pistol and a silver in the 50m pistol at the 2016 Rio Olympics. His gold medal achievement was a landmark moment, marking the first Olympic gold for Vietnam.
But the accolades for Vietnam didn’t stop with Huy’s individual gold. The men’s team, comprising Lại Công Minh, Phan Công Minh, and Phạm Quang Huy, showcased their prowess by securing a bronze medal in the 10m air pistol event. This team effort underscores Vietnam’s growing dominance in the sport.
In addition to the shooting successes, Vietnam’s wushu team also made headlines. Nguyễn Thị Thu Thuỷ clinched the women’s 60kg bronze medal, while Hứa Văn Đoàn added another bronze to Vietnam’s tally in the men’s 56kg category.
Vietnam’s commendable performance at the 19th ASIAD highlights the nation’s rising stature in the Asian sports arena. With a mix of individual brilliance and team spirit, the country is undoubtedly making its mark on the international stage.