Vietnam wins more gold medals at AIMAG 2017

Monday, 2017-09-25 11:23:52
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NDO – Chess star Le Quang Liem and cueist Nguyen Quoc Nguyen brought home two additional gold medals for Vietnam, at the ongoing fifth Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG 2017) in Turkmenistan, on September 24.

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Despite only drawing with Iranian Pouya Idani (Elo 2,566), in the last round of the men’s individual standard category, Vietnam’s top chess master, Liem (Elo 2,739), still walked away with the overall crown, as his direct competitor for the title, Chinese Lu Shanglei (2,628), failed to overcome Ganguly (Elo 2,665) of India.

Sharing the same score of 5.5 points and having played out a draw in their previous meeting against each other, Liem and Shanglei had to count on the auxiliary index to decide the overall winner.

The Vietnamese star closely beat his Chinese opponent by half a point (28 to 27.5), thereby claiming the eighth gold medal for the country. Shanglei had to settle for a silver, while the bronze medal went to Sasikiran (Elo 2,676) of India.

Today, Quang Liem will join teammate Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son (Elo 2,629) in the men’s team rapid chess competition, with Chinese duo, Li Chao (Elo 2,745) and Wang Yue (Elo 2,699), expected to be their toughest opponents in the race for the title.

On the night of September 24, cueist Nguyen Quoc Nguyen managed to secure the ninth gold medal for Vietnam by beating experienced Republic of Korea player, Cho Jae Ho, with an amazing score of 40-19 in the men’s carom 3-cushion final match.

Swimming star Nguyen Thi Anh Vien added a silver medal to Vietnam’s tally on the same day, after finishing second in the women’s 200m freestyle event with a time of 1:56.06, behind the Chinese competitor, Sun Meichen.

Earlier on September 22, Anh Vien recorded an impressive win in her favourite 200m medley category, as she claimed a gold medal and broke her own record (2:10.05) with a final time of 2:09.78.

The Vietnamese swimmer cruised to the lead right from the start, leaving no opportunity for Zhang Chenyao, who had to settle for the silver medal with a time of 2:12.67.

Vietnam’s previous golds in Turkmenistan were won by weightlifters Thach Kim Tuan and Trinh Van Vinh, long jumper Nguyen Tien Trong, Kurash fighter Tran Thi Thanh Thuy, Muay fighter Bui Yen Ly and the women’s Taekwondo Poomsae team.

Grandmaster Le Quang Liem (right) lives up to expectations.