The Hanoitimes - Shooter Hoang Xuan Vinh was chosen the first in a list of 10 most outstanding athletes with 2,020 points by the journalists in the poll across Hanoi, Da Nang and HCM City.
The organising board of the poll announced at a ceremony on December 30 a list of 10 most outstanding athletes and 5 best coach of 2016.
Hundreds of Vietnamese journalists in three cities voted for markman Hoang Xuan Vinh as the best athlete of 2016 thanks to his successful achievements during the year.
Vinh was selected the first in a list of 10 most outstanding athletes with 2,020 points by the journalists in polls across Hanoi, Da Nang and HCM City,
Shooter Hoang Xuan Vinh was chosen the first in a list of 10 most outstanding athletes of 2016 with 2,020 points
The shooter had pocketed a gold, a silver and set a new record at the Rio De Janeiro Olympics, marking a milestone for Vietnam’s sporting history.
It was the first ever Olympic title for the country nearly 70 years after Vietnam started joining international competitions.
Earlier, Vinh had also secured two bronze medals at World Cups in Germany and Thailand.
The second position in the list was belonged to swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien who bagged 1,639 points.
Vien, who was on top last year, also became the first Vietnamese Asian champion, when she grabbed a gold medal in the women’s 400m individual medley at the continental tournament in November.
Tennis player Ly Hoang Nam ranked third with 1,075 points. Nam reached big progress in his career jumping to world top 700, the highest ranking for a Vietnamese in history.
In 2016, Nam won one singles and one doubles title from the International Tennis Federation’s Men’s Futures series.
Other outstanding athletes in the list included Olympian fencer Vu Thanh An, gymnast Pham Phuoc Hung, and table tennis player Nguyen Anh Tu.
The journalists across the country also voted for the best coach of the year.
Coach Nguyen Thi Nhung contributed strongly to Vinh’s success, according to the nation’s journalists. The so-called ‘iron woman’ of sport took the lead of the list with 1,901 points, leaving her runners-up a long distance behind.
Swimming coach Dang Anh Tuan (1,189 points) and football trainer Hoang Anh Tuan (1,006 points) came second and third, respectively.
In the poll for athletes with disabilities, powerlifter Le Van Cong was chosen the top.
Cong brought home the first ever gold medal for the Paralympics team from Brazil. His result of 183kg in the men’s U49kg pool is also a new tournament and world record.
Swimmer Vo Thanh Tung took second position thanks to his silver medal at the Rio Games, while Cao Ngoc Hung, who earned a Paralympic bronze in men’s javelin event, was third.
Coach Nguyen Hong Phuc, whose athletes Cong and Dang Thi Linh Phuong (women’s powerlifter U50kg category) had their names in the medal tally, led the poll for the best coach of athletes with disabilities.
Swimming coach Dong Quoc Cuong and athletics coach Dang Van Phuc took the second and third position, respectively
Translated by Thu Minh