Phan Thi Ha Thanh claims second medal at Asian Games

By To Loan, Thanh Nien News

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Phan Thi Ha Thanh has bagged her second medal at the Asian Games 2014. Photo: Kha Hoa Phan Thi Ha Thanh has bagged her second medal at the Asian Games 2014. Photo: Kha Hoa

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Vietnamese gymnastic artistic athlete Phan Thi Ha Thanh won a silver medal in women's beam on Thursday, her second medal at the 17th Asian Games in South Korea.
The 22-year-old athlete from the northern port city of Hai Phong secured the fifth silver and 22nd medal of Vietnam delegate. Earlier, Thanh won a bronze in women's vault.
On the same day, Vietnam’s Nguyen Tien Minh had an easy 2-0 win against Thailand’s Boonsak Ponsana to advance to next round at the 17th Asian Games (Asiad) in South Korea on Thursday.
Before the match, Minh, ranked 23, was considered as having little hope as he was facing heavyweight Ponsana, who ranked 14.
Minh won 21/10 in the first set within 13 minutes thanks to his good moves and Ponsana’s unsuccessful smashes.
Ponsana played better in the second half but still lost 15/21 to Minh after 16 minutes. 
Minh will face Indonesia’s Mustofa Ihsan, ranked 281, and stands a good chance to advance to the quarterfinal.
At other events on Thursday, Vietnam’s women sepaktakraw defeated China 3-0 in Group A qualifying.
In rowing, Vietnam won a bronze medal in Women's Quadruple Sculls with Pham Thi Hue, Le Thi An, Pham Thi Thao and Pham Thi Hai.
Ha Minh Thanh secured a bronze medal in 25m Standard Pistol Men's Shooting.
By 9 pm Thursday, Vietnam ranked 12 at the Games with one gold, five silvers and 16 bronzes. China still leads the scoreboard, followed by South Korea and Japan.

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