Vietnam finished with the third at the fourth edition of the 2013 Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) that wrapped up eight days of competition in Incheon, South Korea on Saturday.
The Vietnamese sports delegation won a total eight gold, seven silver and 12 bronze medals, behind top place China, which won 29 gold medals, and the host South Korean delegation in third place with 21 gold medals. Thailand came in fourth.
Vietnam won only four gold medals after seven days of competition; but in the final day, the Vietnamese kick-boxers snatched three gold medals and the chess team captured one in the team blitz event.
Nguyen Thi Tuyet Mai started the women's 56kg kickboxing final match with a swollen left eye received during a hard-fought win over a rival from Uzbekistan in the semifinals the day before.
The doctors of the organizers checked several times before allowing Mai to compete in the final match, but she proved too fast in the final for Temirbayeva Tamara from Kazakhstan. Mai led 3-0 after the first round and managed to hold on to the advantage through the final minute.
Then, Nguyen Van Su and Nguyen Thi Tuyet Dung took gold in the men's 74kg and women's under-52kg events. Su beat Kuwaiti kick-boxer Husain Albanya 5-4 while Dung thrashed Kholova Zuhro from Tajikistan.
In the team blitz chess contest, the Vietnamese players beat their Chinese rivals 3-1 in the final match to win the gold medal.
Nguyen Thi Thanh An drew with Zhao Xue and Truong Son drew Yu Yangyi, while Thao Nguyen beat Hou Yi Fan and Le Quang Liem defeated Ding Liren.