Nine golds on Monday keeps Vietnam in third place at SEA Games

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Winning nine gold medals on Monday helped to keep Vietnam in third place at the South East Asian Games being held November 11-22. Vietnam is ranked behind top-place host Indonesia and Thailand.

The nine golds were grabbed by Vietnamese competitors in chess, aerobic, diving, boxing and wushu events, raising the country's gold tally to 96 -- far more than the goal of 70 golds set by the Vietnamese delegation before the Games.

Boxer Luong Van Toan closed the day by winning the gold medal in the men's 81kg category after beating Aung Ko Ko from Myanmar in the final match.

Nguyen Thi Quynh, Truc Linh, Huyen Trang and Ky Duyen won the gold medal in the women's 4x100m diving event, while Tran Bao Thu bagged gold in the men's 400m diving contest, and Thu's compatriot Vo Quang Dai earned the bronze in the same event.

Female chess player Hoang Thi Nhu Y snatched gold in the women's blitz chess competition, while Nguyen Thi Mai Hung won the gold in the women's standard chess event.

In the wushu martial art event, Nguyen Thi Bich took gold in the women's 48kg category. Tan Thi Ly grabbed gold in the women's 56kg category, and Phan Van Hau won gold in the men's 56kg competition.

The trio Tran Thu Ha, Vu Ba Dong and Nguyen Tien Phuong won a gold medal after scoring 20.792 points in the aerobic contest.

Unfortunately, Ba Dong was robbed of the gold medal in the men's singles aerobic contest. Vietnamese coach Vu Thi Tuyet Oanh said that the results showed Dong had scored 20.250 points while the Thai contestant Phairach Thottchancha had scored 19.8 points, but then the referee changed the result.

"It was not fair," Tuyet Oanh said, "If they had wanted to divide the number of golds among different countries, they should have done it before they showed the result. They shouldn't have changed the result irrespective of the rules."

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