Vietnamese athletes won six golds, seven silvers and nine bronze medals after the first day of the 26th South East Asian Games in Indonesia on Saturday.
Taekwondo martial artists grabbed two gold medals, while karatedo martial artists won two gold medals, the gymnast team earned a gold medal, and Nguyen Thi Mai and Kieu Thi Hao won the gold in the K2 women's doubles 500-meter canoeing event.
They were all great players; yet it was perhaps the biggest achievement for karatedo martial artist Nguyen Thi Nguyet Anh, who won her fifth-consecutive gold at the SEA Games in the women's 50kg category despite suffering from a knee injury.
Speaking after the win, Anh said, "The gold medal this time is very special, so I'm extremely happy. After this SEA Games, I will have a knee operation. If I recover well after the operation, I will continue to make contributions to the country."
With the achievements after the first day, the Vietnamese delegation is in the fourth position behind hosts Indonesia on top, Singapore in second, and Thailand in third place.