Sixteen-year-old Nguyen Thi Anh Vien Friday took a bronze medal at the on-going Asian Swimming Championships in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.
Vien was in the fifth place after the qualifying round of the women's 400m medley event at the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Sports Complex, but she put on an impressive performance in the final to finish third, clocking 4 minutes 48.23 seconds.
This is the first time a Vietnamese swimmer has been able to earn a medal at the Asian Swimming Chamspionships.
The Japanese contestant Makino Hiroko won the gold medal after covering the distance in 4 minutes 45.76 seconds ahead of Chinese competitor Qiao Qiao who did it in 4 minutes 46.60 seconds.
Anh Vien's 4-minute-48.23-second result was her personal best so far. At the London Olympic 2012, Anh Vien did it in 4 minutes 50.32 seconds.
The Olympian also competed in the women's 50m backstroke event, but could only finish in the fifth place.
The other Vietnamese swimmers at the 10-day tournament could not do as much as expected. Hoang Quy Phuoc failed to make an impact in the men's 100m butterfly, Nguyen Thi Kim Tuyen lost in the women's 100m freestyle, and Tran Duy Khoi failed in the men's 400m medley event.
The 9th edition of the Asian Swimming Championships started on the 15th of November and will run till the 25th.