Vietnamese martial artists took three gold medals and a bronze medal at the country's first appearance at the World Muay Thai Championships, which ended in Bangkok on Friday.
The three golds came in the men's 51kg and 60kg categories and the women's 57kg category. The bronze came in the men's 54kg event. It was the first time Vietnam had sent players to the competition.
Le Huu Phuc led Uzbekistani rival Uabyduito Karimov 8-0 in the first round of the men's 51kg category finals on Friday. The Vietnamese martial artist continued to lead the Uzbekistani 14-8 when the third round ended, and moved on to take three more points to win the match 17-13.
Nguyen Tran Duy Nhat faced more difficulties in the men's 60kg category finals the same day against rival Sanmong Kotchsopa, who enjoyed the home field advantage.
The Thai martial artist led 3-1 in the first round. But Nhat kept calm and took the next three rounds to claim victory 10-9.
A day earlier, Phan Thi Ngoc Linh won the women's 57kg category gold medal after defeating French rival Samantha Ruberu in the finals.
Linh proved to be stronger and led the French woman 9-6 in the first round before making it 18-9 in the second round.
The referee stopped the game while it was in the third round and announced Linh was the winner by mercy rule as she was 15 points clear of the French martial artist.
Additionally, Phi Long earned a bronze medal in the men's 54kg category.