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Vietnam reaches new heights at AIG
Vietnam reaches new heights at AIG


08 Nov 2009
Vietnam surprised even themselves by finishing second in the final medals table with 42 gold -- only six behind Asian sporting super power China. Coming into the third AIG, Vietnam’s target was between 15-20 gold medals and a top-eight finish, after winning only two gold and finishing 13th in the 2007 event in Macau, China.

But after a strong start with eight gold medals in their national martial art of vovinam, Vietnam went from strength to strength and the gold medals continued to flow.

The head of the Vietnam delegation, Tran Van Quynh, told the official English-language newspaper of the AIG: “I think that the Vietnam contingent has had a triumph at this festival.”

With a wide range of sports to enter, and with intense preparation as the host team, Vietnam claimed unexpected gold in sports such as kurash, athletics, petanque, boxing and dance sport.

“It was the success from these sports, along with other fortes of ours like vovinam, shuttle cock, wushu and pencak silat, and the determination and solidarity of the athletes that led to the rise in medals,” added Tran.

In addition, he said, the encouragement of the local people had created an inner strength for the athletes.

“Certainly, after this occasion, our participants will have more confidence to reach higher achievements in other tournaments and festivals,” he concluded.
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