Sprint queen Vu Thi Huong was awarded the Labor Medal second class at a ceremony held at the Ho Chi Minh Museum in Hanoi on Friday.
Huong was the only athlete to receive the medal for her great contributions to the country.
The 23-year-old sprinter won four gold medals in the women's 100m, 200m, 4x100m and 4x200m races at the National Athletics Championships in September.
At the third Asian Indoor Games in October, 2009, hosted by Vietnam, Huong grabbed the gold medal in the women's 60m race.
Huong also took two silver medals in the women's 100m and 200m events at the Asian Athletics Championships in Guangzhou in November.
And at the 25th South East Asian Games in Laos in December 2009, Huong earned two golds in the women's 100m and 200m contests while also taking the silver medal in the women's 4x100m competition.
In January this year, Huong was chosen as "Vietnam's Athlete of the Year (2009)."
Nineteen other players were given the Labor Medal third class at the ceremony.