HÀ NỘI — Hoàng Thị Duyên was the star of the weightlifting on May 20 as she won a gold medal and set up a new Games record.
The Vietnamese was the defending champion of the women’s U59kg class, vying against five other athletes.
Despite an injury, the Tokyo Olympian lifted 96kg in her third attempt in the snatch, the new record in the regional sports meet.
The record is 1kg more than the previous one Duyên set in the Games in the Philippines in 2019.
In the clean and jerk, Duyên made it 108kg in the first attempt and ensured top position.
In the later attempt, Duyên tried 116kg to make a new record but could not manage it.
She nevertheless took the gold.
“My hip injury prevented me from lifting better. My result is not as good as in the 2019 Games. I am not happy with today’s performance,” Duyên said.
“After the SEA Games, my first act is to solve my hip problem so that I will be back stronger in the future.”
Duyên was followed by Sirikaew Pimsiri of Thailand, who lifted 196kg (86kg snatch and 110kg in clean and jerk) and Myanmar’s Ta Bor Yar Naw, who made 191kg (85 kg snatch and 106kg in clean and jerk).
Weightlifting queen Hidilyn Diaz continued her dominance, ruling the women’s U55kg event and winning gold.
Diaz, the Philippines’ first Olympic gold medalist, made a total lift of 206kg, 92kg in snatch and 114kg in clean and jerk to get her second straight SEA Games gold after winning in 2019 in Manila.
She bested Thailand’s Sanikun Tanasan, who settled for a silver with a SEA Games-record snatch of 93kg but only managed 110kg in clean and jerk for 203kg.
Indonesia’s Natasya Beteyob claimed the bronze with 188kg to edge out hometown bet Nguyễn Thu Hiền.
Tanasan is an Olympic champion who won the gold in the 2016 Rio Games in a lighter weight category.
“Even though I thought I was not that good, I’m happy,” said Diaz.
“I’m happy to be back again and prepare for Paris 2024. This is the beginning of my journey towards Paris,” she added of what would be her fifth Olympics.
Diaz’s life has been turned upside down since making history for the Philippines at last summer’s pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics. She admitted that, a bit like after winning silver at Rio 2016, she had gone through pain.
“A lot of pain because I got so big, I got so busy, I didn’t have training for many days and months, and for us weightlifters, we need to train six to nine times a week, and I was not able to do it after winning the gold,” said Diaz who has the Olympic rings tattooed on her left bicep.
“I’m happy to be back again. To be back and train, and you know, to compete again.”
Flagship lifter Eko Yuli Irawan added to Indonesia’s medal tally a gold on May 20 afternoon.
Eko, 32, occupied the highest podium in the men’s 61kg class, recording 290kg.
In the snatch force, the silver medal winner of the Olympics made 135kg. As for the clean and jerk, he succeeded with a lift of 155kg.
Malaysian Muhamad Azil Bidin won the silver with 287kg, and the host lifter Nguyễn Ngọc Trung (286kg) bagged bronze.
In the men’s 67kg, Witsanu Chantri of Thailand grabbed gold with a lift of 312kg (140kg snatch and 172kg in clean and jerk).
Mohammad Yasi of Indonesia (308kg) and Vietnamese Đinh Xuân Hoàng (306kg) came second and third, respectively. —
Viettel FC aim for a top three finish in the upcoming V.League 1
HÀ NỘI — As the highly anticipated V.League 1 season is set to kick off this weekend, Viettel FC are preparing to hit the field with determination and a clear target in mind – finishing in the top three of the league.
“In the 2023 season, Viettel will have many new policies to improve the team. We aim to reach the top three at the league, competing for the championship and reaching the final of the National Cup,” chairman of Viettel FC Tào Đức Thắng said as the team gathered on Tuesday.
“This year, Viettel FC will continue to focus on youth training. Viettel set a target that the percentage of players trained by their training centre will account for at least 85 per cent of the squad,” Thắng added.
Viettel finished fourth in the league last season, but they marked their success by contributing to the Vietnamese national team.
They contributed eight players to the senior team, accounting for 31 per cent of the team. The contribution rate of youth players to the U17, U19, and U21 teams is 43 per cent with 27 players.
Nguyễn Hoàng Đức, Nguyễn Thanh Bình, Nhâm Mạnh Dũng and Phan Tuấn Tài all featured prominently on the team that won 31st SEA Games gold. They also received certificates of merit from the Prime Minister.
The team also officially announced the signing of a contract with striker Jefferson Elias from Brazil, born in 1998. Elias is a prominent player from the youth training academy Atletico Minero of Brazil.
He also played for Democrata and Patrocinense. Last year, he scored 11 goals in 18 matches for URT.
Viettel will face defending champions Hà Nội FC this Sunday in the opening match of the national premiere league.
“The most anticipated game of the season is also the opening match that makes us extremely excited. The challenges are not small when we meet the defending champions, but we will make our greatest efforts to get the best result for the match,” captain Bùi Tiến Dũng said. VNS
Coach Park Hang-seo to hold event thanking fans for their support
HÀ NỘI — Before his contract with the Việt Nam Football Federation (VFF) expires, coach Park Hang-seo will hold a meeting with fans to thank them before he bids farewell to Việt Nam and returns to South Korea.
Coach Park’s contract with VFF expires on January 31, ending five successful years with many impressive achievements.
Park’s agency (DJ Management & Inspired Asian Management) made the announcement on its homepage.
“During the five years of dedication to Vietnamese football, coach Park received unending love and support from the fans. DJ Management and Park have put together a fan meeting event to express Park’s appreciation for the fans who have always accompanied him in his time in Việt Nam.”
The event will be held at Athena Room 2, Hà Nội Grand Plaza Hotel, from 6pm to 8.30pm on February 2.
The 30 luckiest fans will receive souvenirs, including Park’s badge, a Park autographed ball and many other attractive gifts.
The South Korean coach has gained legendary status in the country after leading a golden generation of talent that excelled both at regional and continental levels.
When he took over the Vietnamese national team in 2017, at the AFC U23 Championship in China, coach Park made a big splash when his team overcame many opponents to finish second.
A year later, Park’s team triumphed at the AFF Cup 2018. Then, Việt Nam reached the quarter-finals of the AFC Asian Cup 2019 in the United Arab Emirates, where they ultimately lost 1-0 to Japan.
Park’s team also made their first appearance in the third Asian qualifying round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Although they were ultimately unsuccessful, they put in some noteworthy performances, including beating China 3-1 and drawing 1-1 with Japan. — VNS
‘This is just the beginning’: Bandovic hails Hà Nội’s Super Cup success
HÀ NỘI — Hà Nội defeated Hải Phòng 2-0 in the 2022 National Super Cup at Hàng Đẫy Stadium on Sunday, but coach Bozidar Bandovic acknowledged there is still a lot of work to do to get his squad to where he wants them to be.
“I am very happy that Hà Nội won the National Super Cup. I don’t want to talk about any individual players because we all fought and won,” Bandovic said after the match.
“The Hà Nội players have personality and quality and we only worked together for five days before the match. I know that we can do better, of course, with respect for our opponent. I believe our players. Within five days of training together, they showed their level and ability on the pitch.”
Goals from Lucas Vinicius Gonçalves Silva and Trần Văn Kiên helped Hà Nội take the title. This is Hà Nội’s fifth Super Cup ever and also Hà Nội’s third title of the 2022 season, along with the V.League 1 and National Cup.
Although Bandovic has only worked with Hà Nội for about a month, he is already continuing the capital side’s success.
The Montenegrin said that this is just the beginning, though many difficulties lie ahead.
“We can’t change many things in a short time, but I’m happy to have won the national championship. I’m not satisfied with the player’s fitness because I understand that we can do better,” coach Bandovic said.
“The level of Hà Nội players is still not equal. I want to improve the young players to help them become the future of Hà Nội and Vietnamese football. The national players have had almost no breaks, and a group of players can’t play at 100 per cent of their strength.
“I plan to use the break after the first four rounds of the V.League 1 to improve the team. We need to be better and have to be better. I want to congratulate the players of the team, but this is just the beginning, how it ends is important.
“We can change a few things but it takes time. The players’ fitness hasn’t improved, but we play more calmly, control the ball and score goals. Creating chances but not scoring won’t be as important as playing without creating chances. We have to play better and play in more stable positions,” Bandovic added.
Meanwhile, coach Chu Đình Nghiêm said that the cause of Hải Phòng’s defeat was the strong change of players in the team.
“Hà Nội won because they played better. I also observed them in the friendly event. The new coach Bandovic has changed the style of Hà Nội’s play,” Nghiêm said.
“We will look for foreign players to replace Emmanuel Okotu. After the 2022 season, Hải Phòng changed up to 70 per cent of personnel, and they were all important people. We are still looking for players, but it is very difficult.” VNS
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