The Vietnamese pencak silat team has enjoyed a fruitful medal hunt at the 2018 Asian Games (Asiad), with two fighters snatching one gold each in overwhelming victories, and three others claiming silvers in Indonesia on Wednesday.
When Vietnamese sports lovers were upset by their beloved team’s 1-3 defeat against South Korea in the men’s football semifinals, pencak silat martial artists Nguyen Van Tri and Tran Dinh Nam helped brighten up their mood as they snatched two golds in the men’s 90-95kg and 70-75kg events, respectively.
Both the Vietnamese athletes claimed a convincing 5-0 triumph in their respective final matches against two Malaysian opponents, Yaacob Mohd Khaizul and Khalid Mohd Fauzi.
Tri and Nam helped the Vietnamese sport delegation overshoot their goal of bringing home at least three gold medals, with at least one in an Olympic sport, from the Games.
The other gold medalists of Team Vietnam are the female rowing team and long jumper Bui Thi Thu Thao. Both rowing and the long jump are Olympic sports.
Earlier on Wednesday, the pencak silat martial artists added a silver medal to Vietnam’s tally as Nguyen Thi Thu Ha, Nguyen Thi Huyen and Vuong Thi Binh finished second in the women’s team final with 464 points, just two points behind the Indonesian champions.
Vietnamese and Indonesian athletes also clashed for the gold medal in two other events, man’s class C 55-60kg and women’s class B 50-55kg, on the afternoon of the same day, with Nguyen Thai Linh and Tran Thi Them both losing to their host contenders.
Team Vietnam was scheduled to compete in athletics, Judo, Kurash, table tennis, volleyball, canoeing and serak takraw on Thursday.
Vietnam stood at the 13th place in the medal tally, with four golds, 15 silvers and 13 bronzes as of Thursday morning, three days before the 2018 Asian Games comes to an end.
The 2018 Asian Games takes place in Indonesia from August 18 to September 2 with the theme “Energy of Asia.”
Vietnam’s sports delegation to the Games consists of 532 members, including 352 athletes.