Vietnam athletes finished fifth in the medal tally at the 4th Asian Beach Games in Phuket, Thailand, which is far exceeding the target of tenth place.
The country finished with eight gold, 12 silver and 20 bronze medals as the biennial sporting event concluded Sunday at a ceremony where it was granted the flag to host the next event by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA).
Eight gold medals having been claimed by Vietnamese athletes include two in bodybuilding, one in Kurash wrestling, two in Muaythai, two in petanque and one in woodball.
Host Thailand ranked first at the event with 56 gold, 37 silver and 33 bronze medals, followed by China, South Korea and Iran, respectively.
According to Lam Quang Thanh, who led the Vietnamese contingent, Vietnam had targeted 2-3 gold medals and securing a place in the top ten.
He said relevant Vietnamese agencies will seek for approval from OCA on hosting the 2016 event in Nha Trang and Da Nang, which is expected to be the first-ever event to be held in two beach towns on Vietnam's central coast.
Thanh said that as by regulations, an Asian Beach Games has at least 17 sports.
“Vietnam may not organize sports with small number of athletes competing at the last event like Sambo and Jujitsu while adding Vovinam and Pencak Silat and others,” he said.