Wushu girl bags first gold for Vietnam at Asian Games

By Lan Phuong – Thuy Hang, Thanh Nien News

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Duong Thuy Vi, 21, dance with a lance at a wushu performance that won Vietnam a gold at the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korean on September 21, 2014. Photo: Quang Tuyen Duong Thuy Vi, 21, dance with a lance at a wushu performance that won Vietnam a gold at the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korean on September 21, 2014. Photo: Quang Tuyen

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Wushu performer Duong Thuy Vi won Vietnam’s first gold medal at the 17th Asian Games in South Korea after two performances with a sword and a lance one the second day of the competition Sunday.
Vi was named the winner after scoring 9.71 out of ten in the one for her sword swings in the morning and 9.7 with a lance in the afternoon, beating rivals from Malaysia, Taiwan, Macao and Japan.
The 21-year-old won Vietnam a gold at the Southeast Asia Games last year in Myanmar.
But while the bloc game gives a medal for each performance, Asian Games (ASIAD) rules require one to pass two performances.
Commentators at the 17th ASIAD in Incheon said she almost made no mistake during her sword performance and was just as perfect with the lance.

Her Vietnamese male counterpart won a bronze model also on Sunday afternoon.
Vi started learning Wushu at age 8 after her talent was spotted by a coach of her cousin.
The coach visited the family, noticing her agility and asked her to try jumping with two feet pressed together.
She jumped a distance of 1.5 meters.
There were times her practice affected her academic performance, but her passion and the high praises from her teachers persuaded her mother to let her follow the dream.
She won many gold medals at national tournaments, as well as global and regional sports events for youths.
Her family and team members describes Vi as a girl of steel, as she does not give up despite pains or injuries.
On Saturday, weightlifter Thach Kim Tuan and gunner Nguyen Hoang Phuong won Vietnam two silver medals.
Fencer Nguyen Tien Nhat and a gun team won two bronze medals.

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