National track and field event shows off hopes and concerns

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There were some encouraging performances, but overall, the National Track and Field Championships that ended in Hanoi on Tuesday failed to enthuse experts.

Duong Duc Thuy, head of the track and field department of the General Department of Physical Training and Sports, said, "Some young athletes showed good achievements, like Quach Thanh Lich in the men's 400 meters and Nguyen Thi Oanh and Nguyen Thi Thuy in the women's 400 meters.

"Young athlete Quach Thi Lan [16 years old] was excellent in the women's 400 meter hurdles and women's 400 meter events. This is good news for Vietnamese track and field development."

Thuy, however, also expressed concern over disappointing performances by famous names like Tran Hue Hoa in the women's triple jump, or Duong Van Thai in the men's 1,500m although they won gold medals.

Vu Thi Huong, dubbed Vietnam's sprint queen, won the gold medal in the women's 200m category, clocking 23.32 seconds. It was not a bad result because the former Southeast Asian champ's personal best is 23.27 seconds at the national contest in 2010 and 23.30 seconds at the South East Asian Games in 2007.

Thuy said the result was good but the truth is Huong is unlikely to make it much better and achieve better results at major international competitions.

The 2012 event ended with the athletes from the Army team finishing on top with 8 gold medals, followed by Hanoi with 6 golds and Nam Dinh with three. The Ho Chi Minh City delegation had to return home with just one gold medal.

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