Anh Vien claims second medal at Asian swimming championships

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Top Vietnamese female swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien
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NDO—Vietnam’s swimming star Nguyen Thi Anh Vien grabbed a bronze medal in the women’s 200m freestyle event at the ongoing 2016 Asian Swimming Championships in Japan on November 18, increasing her medal tally in the tournament to two.

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Vien dominated her preliminary-round pool with a time of 2:04.19, which, however, was only the fifth best achievement among the eight qualifiers for the finals.

After the first 150 metres of the final race, she came in fourth place with 1:29.05, behind third-place A. Tomomi from Japan with 1:28.22. Yet the Vietnamese swimmer produced a brilliant sprint in the last lap to be crowned the third fastest, clocking a time of 1:59.31.

Chinese Shen Duo took home the gold medal with 1:56.71, followed by compatriot Ai Yanhan with 1:57.35.

Earlier, on November 17, Vien struck gold in the 400m individual medley category with 4:37.71, surpassing the old record of 4:41.29 set by China’s Liu Jing in Dubai in the UAE in 2002.

On the morning of November 18, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien sent a congratulatory letter to Anh Vien for her supreme finish in the 400m individual medley in Japan.