Vietnam athletes made an impressive debut at the 4th Asian Beach Games in Thailand by winning two silver and six bronze medals in Jiu-jitsu on Thursday.
Nguyen Thi Huong won over Khan Beenish of Pakistan in the quarterfinals with a 4.1-4.0 close win in Women’s 60kg. She went on to grasp a semi-final win over Hassan Shafaa of UAE (13-4).
However, the 18-year-old Jiu-jitsu artist was defeated by Battsogt Buyandelger of Monglia in the final and thus securing a silver medal.
At the final match of women’s 50kg, Dao Le Thu Trang claimed the silver medal after losing to Masuda Maybelline 0-15.
Vietnam ranked tenth after two days at the event with two silver and six bronzes, all in Jiu-jitsu.
Vietnam has sent 138 athletes to compete in 18 events at the 4th Asian Beach Games in Phuket, Thailand from November 18-23 and expecting good results at the event that it will be the next host.
Lam Quang Thanh, who leads the Vietnamese contingent, said the athletes will try their best to win 2-3 gold medals and securing a place in the top ten at the biennial event.
“At the previous event, Vietnam ranked 12th after winning only two silvers and one bronze. We will have to improve this time.”
He said he believed that Vietnam can achieve the target and is aiming for “even better accomplishment at the next event in 2016, which will be held in Vietnam.
The 4th Asian Beach Games opened in Thailand on November 14, attracting 3,272 athletes from 43 Asian countries and territories.
There will be a total of 196 categories in 26 sports.
Thanh said Vietnam athletes aim to win medals in bodybuilding, beach handball, sepaktakraw, kurash, petanque, Jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai.
The Asian Beach Games torch was moved to Saphan Hin Stadium on November 14 and will be passed to Vietnam at the end of the event on November 23.