Quach Thi Lan won a silver medal in women’s 400m sprint while Vietnam's "sprinting queen" Vu Thi Huong only finished 5th at 100m at the 17th Asian Games in South Korea on Sunday.
Lan, a 19-year-old sprinter from the northern province of Thanh Hoa, finished in 52s06 behind Bahrain’s Adekoya Oluwakemi Mujidat with 51s59.
Machettira Poovamma Raju of India won the bronze medal with 52s36.
Lan’s coach Nguyen Trong Ho said she had followed the planned strategy to closely follow Raju, who had already claimed a gold medal at the 16th Asian Games.
Lan would not have won a medal but for a training session in the US since May, which had been criticized as wasteful and ineffective, Ho said.
Lan said she only aimed at breaking her own records without thinking that she would beat many heavyweights to win a medal.
“I only aimed to cross the Indian athlete but did not expect that the Bahraini woman would win,” she was quoted by The Thao Van Hoa news website as saying.
Lan won a silver medal at the 2013 South East Asian Games but she fainted after crossing the finish line.
Meanwhile, Vu Thi Huong, dubbed Vietnam's "Queen of Speed", only finished fifth in women’s 100m sprint with 11s68, falling short of expectation that she could bag more gold for Vietnam.
Huong claimed two gold medals last month in 100m and 200m at Singapore Open Track and Field Championships.
In boxing, Luu Thi Duyen defeated Tajikistan’s Chorieva Mavzuna 2-1 in women’s 57-60kg to secure a slot in semifinals.
Le Thi Bang defeated Philippines’ Gabuco Josie 3-0 in women’s boxing 48-51kg to face India’s Hmangte Chungnejang Mery Kom in the semifinals.
Wrestler Pham Thi Loan won Laos’ Phinith Soumaly 5-0 in women’s 55kg to face Japan’s Yoshida Saori in the quarterfinals.
As of 8 pm Sunday, Vietnam ranked 17th with one gold, seven silvers and 20 bronze medals.