Vietnam wins first-ever men’s gold medal at Asian gymnastics championships
Monday, 2017-05-22 09:12:24
NDO – Le Thanh Tung secured Vietnam their first-ever men’s gold medal at the Asian Artistic Gymnastics Championships after a supreme finish in the vault event at the 2017 competition, held in Bangkok, Thailand from May 18 to 21.
Tung scored 14.563 points in the final round, surpassing many strong competitors from Japan and the Republic of Korea.
Vietnam only set a target of winning at least one medal ahead of the tournament, which had seemed to be too difficult to come true due to the absence of top gymnast Pham Phuoc Hung.
However, Tung performed brilliantly to bring home a historic gold medal for Vietnam’s men’s gymnastics.
Earlier last March, Tung also blasted his way to a gold medal on vault at the World Cup in Qatar.
The previous best performance of Vietnam’s male gymnastic team at the Asian arena was the silver medal won by Hanoi gymnast Nguyen Ha Thanh in 2013.
In addition to Tung’s success, Vietnam also secured a bronze medal in the men’s parallel bars discipline thanks to Dinh Phuong Thanh, who scored 14.05 points.
With one gold and one bronze medal, Vietnam concluded their Asian campaign in third place overall, behind China with 11 gold medals and Japan with two gold medals.