Vietnam wins Asia-Pacific robot contest for 5th time

By Xuan Phuong, Thanh Nien News

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 Members of the Vietnamese team that claimed the championship at 2015 ABU-Robocon. Photo courtesy of Hung Yen University of Technology and Education
A group of university students from the northern province of Hung Yen has won the Asia-Pacific robot contest, better known as ABU Robocon, bringing Vietnam its fifth championship title.
Hung Yen University of Technology and Education (Hungyen Techedu) claimed victory in Indonesia's Yogyakarta, after beating a Hong Kong team 5-1 during the final badminton game on Sunday.
This year the annual contest, for the first time, asked universities to create robots that could play sports.
A total of 19 teams from 18 countries and territories presented a pair of robots to pitch against each other in badminton games. Those who scored five points first won. 
Throughout the contest, the Vietnamese team defeated many competitors who were deemed quite strong, including Egyptian and Kazakhstan teams, with impressive scores. 
A champion hopeful from Japan too lost in the semi-final game against the Vietnamese team.
Since Robocon was first organized in 2002, Vietnamese contestants have claimed the grand prize five times -- 2002, 2004, 2006, 2014 and 2015. Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology, one of Vietnam's top schools, won the first three of those titles. 
Chinese teams have won six, and Japanese and Thai teams each twice.

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