Vietnam won nine gold medals on the third day on Monday, raising the total to 26 golds at the on-going 26th South East Asian Games in Indonesia.
The nine gold medals on Monday came from vovinam (Vietnamese martial art), shooting, fencing, wrestling, gymnasium, javelin and triple jump.
Vo Nguyen Linh won the gold in the men's 55kg event while Tran Khanh Trang took the gold in the women's 50kg category and Nguyen Binh Dinh, Nguyen Van Cuong, Phan Ngoc Toi and Huynh Khac Nguyen grabbed the gold medal in the men's foursome performance.
Shooter Hoang Xuan Vinh earned the gold medal in the men's 10-meter pistol event while Không Van Khoa won the gold in the men's under-74 kg wrestling contest.
Tran Thi Len bagged the gold in the women's epee event after stunning the hosts' Isnawaty Sir Idar 15-9 in the final match.
Gymnast Phan Thi Ha Thanh won the gold medal in the women's floor exercise event, Tran Hue Hoa took the gold in the women's triple jump after jumping 13.76 meters and Nguyen Truong Giang grabbed the gold in the men's javelin event after throwing a spear at 69.07 meters.
One of the biggest disappointing event for the Vietnamese sports delegation on Monday was the failure of sprint queen Vu Thi Huong, who could only settle for the bronze medal in the women's 200 meter race after getting the same disappointing bronze in the women's 100m event earlier.
Huong, who is considered the best female sprinter in South East Asia, said her recent injury badly affected her performances.
Another disappointing thing happened to taekwondo martial artist Nguyen Trong Cuong in the men's 87kg semifinal match against host player Basuki Nugroho.
Basuki attacked a lot in the beginning and was always leading 3-0, then 4-2, then 5-3. However, Trong Cuong then had a sharp kick in the rival's head but the referee didn't give Cuong any point.
Vietnam's coaching staff appealed to the referee and the video replay showed that Cuong deserved to get three points, so the referee gave him three points and he led 6-5.
However, in the final seconds of the game, the referee suddenly gave the hostb player two points, and said that Cuong was penalized for his mistakes during the fight; so Basuki of Indonesia advanced to the final.