HA NOI (VNS) — Ly Hoang Nam made history by becoming the first Vietnamese tennis player to win a gold medal at a continental tournament. The 16-year-old yesterday triumphed at the Asian Youth Games in Nanjing, China. He came from behind to defeat No 2 seed Mendoza Zosimo of the Phillipines 6-7 (4), 7-5, 7-5 in the boys’ final match, adding a fourth gold medal to Viet Nam’s collection. Nam was considered to be a lower-level player than Zosimo but it was his day yesterday, with the youngster reaching his peak just as the Filipino began flagging. But the talk of the Games from a Vietnamese perspective will surely be Nguyen Thi Anh Vien, who secured her third gold medal yesterday to end her tournament on a resolute high after finishing first in the girls’ 50m backstroke event, clocking 29.26sec. Im Dasol of South Korea was second (29.47) and Yu Yi-chen of Chinese Taipei third (29.85). Her previous medals were two golds in the 200m backstroke and 200m IM and a silver in the 100m backstroke. After seven days of competition, Viet Nam earned five gold, four silver and two bronze medals and ranked seventh overall. China proved their sporting… Read full this story
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