The Hanoitimes - On August 21, Vietnam`s “Little Mermaid” Nguyen Thi Anh Vien won a gold medal in the women’s 100m backstroke category at the ongoing 29th Southeast Asia Games (SEA Games 29) in Malaysia.
Vien clocked 1:01:89, breaking the previous SEA Games record of 1:02:11. This is the first time Vien triumphed in this category at the region’s largest sports event. The same day, Vien’s teammate Le Thi My Thao secured a silver medal in the women’s 200m butterfly category with a time of 2:12:61.
“Little Mermaid” Nguyen Thi Anh Vien won a gold medal in SEA Games 29.
Meanwhile, both Paul Le Nguyen and Nguyen Huu Kim Son finished third in the men’s 50m backstroke and 400m freestyle events respectively, bringing home two bronze medals.
Vietnam’s national swimming team, consisting of 25 swimmers, will compete in all 38 categories, aiming to win one-sixth of Vietnam’s total target of 60 gold medals at SEA Games 29.
Beside Nguyen Thi Anh Vien, Quah Jing Wen easily won the women's 200m butterfly in 2:12.03, and then recovered to anchor Singapore to victory in the 4x100m freestyle relay.
Home favorite Welson Wee won the men's 400m freestyle in a Games-record 3:50.26, and Indonesia's Siman Sudartawa also set a new tournament mark of 25.20 in winning the men's 50m backstroke.
Wee's victory helped Malaysia extend their lead on the medals table as they reached 23 golds near the end of day two, 10 ahead of Singapore.
The Philippines swept gold and silver in both the men's and women's triathlon, as Nikko Bryan won the men's ahead of John Chicano and Marion Kim Mangrobang and Maria Claire Adorna topped the women's race.
Tuesday will be the busiest day of competition so far, with 45 gold medals on offer including eight on the first day of track and field.