Taekwondo silver goes to Vietnamese player

Vietnamese taekwondo player Do Thi Bich Hanh won silver at the 17th Asian Championships held in Bangkok, Thailand, on April 22.

Hanh beat strong rivals, including Nathaya Sangsasiton from Thailand, to enter the final of the women's U52 kg category. In the last game, however, Hanh lost to a stronger opponent Eun Kyung Kwon from the Republic of Korea.

On April 21, Nguyen Trong Cuong, the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games' gold medalist, won the first bronze medal for Viet Nam  after beating Sonam Penjor of Bhutan and Salam Q Aidan of Iraq in earlier rounds in the men's U82 kg class.

In the men's U62 kg category, Vu Tuan Anh won three matches in the qualifying round but lost in the quarter-final.

In competitions late yesterday, SEA Games champion and Viet Nam's gold medal hopeful, Nguyen Manh Hung played his matches against weaker rivals from Iran and Afghanistan.

Viet Nam
's 11-member squad left for Thailand last Wednesday for the championships, and will compete in 11 men's and women's weight categories.

They are pitted against over 400 players from 26 countries of the area. At the last championships, Viet Nam came third out of 28 participating countries with o­ne gold, o­ne silver and three bronze medals.

Vietnam News Agency