Vietnam named 1st runner-up at int'l robot contest

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A Vietnamese team of university students was named the first runner-up of an international robot contest that wrapped up in Hong Kong on Sunday.

This was third time a team from Lac Hong University based in the southern province of Dong Nai won a prize at the annual Asia-Pacific Robot Contest, organized by the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union.

Lac Hong teams won the third prize (2nd runner-up) last year in Thailand, and the second prize (1st runner-up) in Egypt the year before.

Since the contest was first held in Japan in 2002, Vietnamese contestants have made it to the finals eight times, claiming the first prize in 2002, 2004 and 2006

This year the robot contest saw the competition among 17 teams from 16 countries and territories.

China won the Grand Prix, while Japan and Thailand were named the 2nd runners-up.

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The 2012 contest was themed on a traditional festival dating back more than 100 years ago in Hong Kong. Competitors were asked to get their robots to pass bridges and tunnels before landing on an island and climbing a "bun tower" to snatch lucky buns to achieve peace and prosperity.

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