Thang Hang takes gold at Asian Athletics Championships

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Truong Thanh Hang won the gold medal in the women's 800 m race at the 2011 Asian Athletics Championships in Kobe, Japan on Sunday.

Hang clocked in at 2 minutes 1.41 seconds, leaving behind Kazakhstani runner Margarita Matsko, who finished second at 2 minutes 2.46 seconds, while Indian competitor Tintu Luka too third place with 2 minutes 2.55 seconds.

Though she took the gold, Hang's time was disappointing and far behind the 2 minutes 0.91 seconds she clocked to take the silver at the 2010 Asian Games in China.

Also, her time was above the 2 minutes 1.30 seconds required to qualify for the Olympics in London next year.

But Hang still has at least two chances to qualify. First, she will compete at the World Athletics Championships in the Republic of Korea in August before running at the 26th South East Asian Games in Indonesia this November.

Two days earlier (on Friday), Thanh Hang took the silver medal in the women's 1,500 meter race, clocking 4 minutes 18.40 seconds. She said she was also disappointed by that performance, but blamed strong wind and her opponents for teaming up against her.

Vietnam took a bronze medal won by Nguyen Thi Phuong in the women's 3,000 meter hurdles. She clocked 10 minutes 14.94 seconds behind Japanese gold winner Minori Hayakari at 9 minutes 52.42 seconds and Indonesian silver winner Sudha Singh, who finished the distance after 10 minutes 8.52 seconds.

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