Vietnam wins big at 1st World Martial Arts Games

By Dang Khoa, Thanh Nien News

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Nguyen Bao Thai on the podium for a gold medal in men’s 45kg in Pencak Silat at the 1st World Martial Arts Council Games in Thailand. Photo: Tri Thien Nguyen Bao Thai on the podium for a gold medal in men’s 45kg in Pencak Silat at the 1st World Martial Arts Council Games in Thailand. Photo: Tri Thien

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Vietnamese martial artists have secured 8 gold, 7 silver and 5 bronze medals at the first World Martial Arts Council Games being held in Bangkok from March 12-22.
In Muay Boran, five gold medals were bagged by Vong Kim Quang, Nguyen Tan Tai, Nguyen Tran Duy Nhat, Nguyen Thi Thanh Trung and Le Hoang Duc.
Meanwhile, Nguyen Bao Thai, Tran Xuan Tuan and Nguyen Thi Ngoc Diem secured three gold medals in Pencak Silat.
In kick-boxing, Luong Duy Lam won a silver while two bronze medals were secured by Tran Thanh Ly and Cao Quoc Minh.
Vietnam athletes target two more gold medals in Muay Thai at the ongoing event.
More than 3,000 martial artists from 60 countries are competing at the competition, with other events including Karatedo, Taekwondo, Judo, Jujitsu, Wushu, Sambo, Eskriman and Krabee.

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