Vietnam teen wins silver at Asian Swimming Championships

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Nguyen Thi Anh Vien, 16, took the silver medal in the women's 200m backstroke at the Asian Swimming Championships in Dubai on Sunday (November 18).

Vien, who earned the bronze medal in the women's 400m medley three days earlier, finished third in the qualifying round, clocking 2 minutes 15.05 seconds, behind Japanese swimmer Marie Kamizuka, who won with a time of 2 minutes 13.45 seconds, and China's  Bai Anqi, who covered the distance in 2 minutes 14.85 seconds.

In the final, however, Vien, who represented the country at the London Olympics, beat her Japanese rival in the final few meters to finish second, clocking 2 minutes 12.47 seconds behind  gold medal winner Bai Anqi, who clocked 2 minutes 11.38 seconds.

Vien has become the first Vietnamese swimmer to win medals at the Asian Swimming Championships.

Other Vietnamese swimmers Hoang Quy Phuoc, Nguyen Thi Kim Tuyen and Tran Duy Khoi failed to make an impression at the championships.

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