The Hanoitimes - Vietnam pocketed five gold, one silver and five bronze medals at the first day of the Thailand Open Track and Field Championship in Bangkok on June 12.
Le Tu Chinh won the first gold medal in the women’s 100m event with a time of 11.47sec, setting up her personal best. Her time was much better than that of Kayla Richardson of the Philippines (11.76sec) who won a gold medal at last Southeast Asian Games two years ago in Singapore.
Le Tu Chinh of Vietnam (centre).
Chinh will continue with the 200m and 4x100m relay events in the next days. Chinh won a national title and a gold medal at the Asian Youth Athletics Championships two months ago.
Later, Duong Van Thai championed in the men’s 1,500m event with a time of 3min 55.66sec. His teammate Do Quoc Luat was at third with 3:57.73. Vu Thi Ly triumphed in the women’s 1,500m, timing 4:40.93. Vietnamese athletes dominated the men’s and women’s 10,000m categories with two golds and two bronzes. Pham Thi Hue took the fourth gold for Vietnam in the women’s class with a time of 35:30.27. Pham Thi Hong Le added a bronze on 37:23.98.
SEA Games defending champion Nguyen Van Lai claimed the title, taking 31:25.05. Le Van Thao was third with 32:03.17. The only silver went to Nguyen Thi Truc Mai in the women’s long jump event. Meanwhile, Nguyen Tuan Anh was third in the men’s long jump. Bui Thi Xuan secured a bronze in the women’s javelin event with a throw of 49.53m.
Beside Vietnamese athletics, athletes Rachel Yang from Singapore also setting a new national record at the Thailand Open Track and Field Championships 2017. Despite picking up an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury in July last year, the 35-year-old leapt 3.91m at the Thailand Open Track and Field Championships 2017 to break her own record by one centimetre.
Yang broke the previous national record of 3.90m, just over two years to the day she set it on home soil at the 2015 SEA Games. More significantly, she also defeated Thailand's Chayanisa Chomchuendee at 3.70m to win at the Open. Chayanisa was second on 3.55m while fellow Singaporean Justina Chan was third on 3.40m. It was the first time she had overcome the 2015 SEA Games gold medallist since the pair's first meeting in 2010.
The tournament kicked off on June 12 and will last until June 15. Nearly all ASEAN countries send their athletes here as it is a warm-up for the SEA Games in August in Malaysia.