Vietnam leaves Rio Olympics with one gold, one silver

Friday, 2016-08-19 12:09:50
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Nguyen Thi Lua (right) was defeated by Senegalese rival. (Credit: VNA)
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NDO/VNA – As of August 19, Vietnam was ranked 45th in the medal table of the Rio 2016 Olympics in Brazil with one gold and one silver, both won by shooter Hoang Xuan Vinh.

Nguyen Thi Lua was the last Vietnamese athlete left at the Olympics after being defeated 0-5 by Senegalese rival Isabelle Sambou in the women’s 53kg wrestling category.

The 25-year-old woman could have competed for a bronze medal if Sambou entered the final round of the 53kg category. However, the Senegalese wrestler lost 0-9 against Saori Yoshida from Japan, which means there was no hope for the Vietnamese athlete.

Lua is a unique wrestler who competed in two Olympics in a row in two different weight classes. At the London Games four years ago, Lua took part in the 48kg pool.

Earlier, wrestler Vu Thi Hang was ruled out of the women’s 48kg due to a recurring injury.

The US is still dominating the event, with 31 gold medals, followed by the UK and China.

The 2016 Summer Olympics, the world’s largest sporting event, is taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from August 5-21.

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