Teen Vietnamese swimmer makes history

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17-year-old swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien won two gold medals at the 27th South East Asian Games in Myanmar on Thursday.

She is the first Vietnamese to win a gold at the women's swimming in 54 years. Vu Thi Sen won a gold medal in the women's 100m butterfly category at the South East Asian Peninsular Games in 1961.

In the women's 200m medley event on Thursday, Anh Vien had no difficulty taking the gold after clocking 2 minutes 16.20 seconds, 1.39 seconds ahead of second-place Thai swimmer Pawapotako.

After that event, Anh Vien went on to snatch another gold in the women's 200m backstroke, clocking 2 minutes 14.80 seconds, thereby breaking the SEA Games record of 2 minutes 15.73 seconds set by Indonesian swimmer Yosaputra in 2011.

With four other gold medals taken by Vietnamese wrestlers, the Vietnamese team has so far won a total 16 gold medals, securing them a spot in second place behind hosts Myanmar with 20 gold medals.

Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia are in third, fourth and fifth place with 9, 8 and 5 gold medals respectively.

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