July 22, 2022
HÀ NỘI — Vietnamese athletes will bring home four golds from the Asian Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Championship after their strong success in the Maldives.
SEA Games champion Đinh Kim Loan won gold in the women’s 30-40 year-old categoryon Tuesday.
The An Giang Province-born athlete added one more continental championship to her collection, in addition to two world titles and seven Asian championships.
In the mixed doubles event, Bùi Thị Thoa and Trần Hoàng Duy Thuận also won gold with a highly visual performance combining acrobatics, circus and gymnastics. This was the performance that helped the two athletes from HCM City win gold at the SEA Games 31 at home.
In addition, K’Tuyên won gold in the junior event and Nguyễn Thị Kim Cương won one gold and two silvers in fitness.
They weren’t the only Vietnamese representatives to shine at the Asian event; Tôn Hoàng Khánh Lan won a bronze medal in the women’s +50kg bodybuilding, Nguyễn Văn Quang also secured bronze in men’s bodybuilding 45-49 year-old catorgory, and Trần Bảo Quốc Vương’s bronze came in the men’s 65kg. Nguyễn Thị Cẩm Tú earned three silvers and one bronze for women’s and mixed doubles.
However, gold medal hopeful Phạm Văn Mách could only manage a bronze in the men’s 55kg category.
Mách is one of the best bodybuilders in Việt Nam. The An Giang Province-born athlete grabbed five world championship titles, in 2001, 2009, 2010, 2014 and 2017. He has also triumphed in the continental competition eight times, taking seven titles in a row from 2004 to 2012, and another in 2014.
Việt Nam sent nine athletes from the national team and many athletes from provincial teams to compete in the Asian event, which attracted 323 athletes from 24 nations and territories. VNS