Vo Thanh Tung became a phenomenon at the Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games after winning his fifth gold medal in men’s swimming.
The 29-year-old athlete finished first in men’s 50m butterfly with 39”45, just 0”54 ahead of Malaysia’s Jaremy Anak Siga.
Earlier on Wednesday, Tung won a gold medal in 50m freestyle with 35”40, about three seconds ahead of Japan’s Suzuki Takayuki who won the silver medal.
Tung also bagged a gold medal in men’s 100m freestyle swimming and breaking Asian record with 1’21”94. He won two gold medals in men’s 50m backstroke with 42”62 and men’s 200m freestyle with 3’2”24.
Vu The Phiet, head of Vietnam contingent at the event, said Tung had good starts and speed which have improved significantly recently.
“Being confident on his ability, he has always competed well despite dense schedule,” he said.
Vo Thanh Tung (R) won fifth gold medals so far at the 2014 Asian Para Games. File photo.
“We expected he would put on a great performance at the event, but he surprised us with [five] medals. He has become a phenomenon of the event.”
The quadrennial event in Incheon, South Korea, closed on Friday. Vietnam ranked tenth with nine gold, seven silver and 13 bronze medals, an "unexpected success," according to sports officials. The country originally set the goal of winning at least three golds.
The Asian Para Games attracted more than 4,500 athletes from 41 countries and territories competing in 23 sports.
Vietnam's 45-strong contingent competed in six events, including athletics, swimming, weightlifting, badminton, table-tennis and bowling.
In related news, the capital city of Jakarta, Indonesia, will host the 2018 Asian Para Games, APC Secretary General Malini Rajasegaran has confirmed.
The last major para-sport competition that Indonesia hosted was the South East-Asia (ASEAN) Para Games in 2011.
Indonesia agreed to host the 2018 Asian Games, taking over from Vietnam who won the bid but later pulled the plug over financial concerns.