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More weightlifting records fall




Teen Vanessa Sarno dominates the 71kg field to win the gold. — Inquirer/ANN Photo

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HÀ NỘI — Weightlifters set records one after the other on May 21 at the Hà Nội Sports Training and Competition Centre.

Young lifter Rahmat Erwin Abdullah of Indonesia won a gold medal and broke a Games record in the men’s 73kg.

The 21-year-old athlete succeeded with a 155kg lift in the snatch. This record is also a personal record for Erwin. His previous heaviest lift was a significantly lighter 145kg.

Moving on to the clean and jerk class, Erwin almost immediately beat his competitors at the first opportunity, immediately lifting 180kg.

This again surpassed the SEA Games record of 177kg.

Erwin increased his burden further to 190kg and managed it perfectly on the second attempt.

Erwin lifted a huge 345kg in total.

Meanwhile, Doungsri won silver with 321kg, and Hidayat took bronze on 316kg which bettered his national record of 312kg set in Melaka in 2020.

Vanessa Sarno added another gold for the Philippines after a dominant performance in the women’s 71kg event.

The Asian champion registered 239kg, capping off her feat by setting the SEA Games record in the clean and jerk event. Her total lift was also a Games record.

Thailand’s Khaipandung Siriyakorn settled for silver with 223kg with Indonesia’s Restu Anggi getting the bronze with 212kg.

Sarno topped the snatch with a Games record of 104kg before securing the gold on her first attempt in the clean and jerk when she lifted 123kg.

But the 18-year-old was far from satisfied as she lifted 130kg and 135kg on the next two attempts with ease to complete her impressive debut in the regional meet.

In the women’s category, Phạm Thị Hồng Thanh had no worthy rival as she broke three records.

The Vietnamese athlete is the defending champion in the U64kg category, where she competed against four rivals, including powerful Quinilitan Ando Elreen of the Philippines who threatened her crown at the last Games three years ago.

Time flew fast, but Thanh practised hard. She showed her excellence in the snatch event with the heaviest lift of 98kg in the first attempt. She then increased to 101kg and 104kg in the last and succeeded.

Thanh’s 104kg is the new record in the snatch event, 6kg higher than the old record.

In the clean and jerk, Thanh was also the last athlete to perform as her starting weight to lift was the highest at 120kg.

Thanh managed her lift and succeeded in the second attempt of 126kg, a new Games record, 2kg higher than the last.

With a total lift of 230kg, she secured the third record of the day, a full 16kg heavier than the old record Thanh set in the Philippines Games.

Her nearest rivals were Elreen and Tsabitha Alfiah Ramadani of Indonesia, who despite great effort could only lift 223kg and 216kg, respectively.

“I was nervous but excited while waiting for my day. I couldn’t wait to lift the weight,” Thanh said.

“But when I am on the stage, seeing my family, friends and supporters cheering for me, every worry is gone. I told myself that I have to win, and I have to lift it all.”

The Hải Dương Province-born athlete said in the last three years she focused on upping her capacity while fixing her mistakes to make sure she would hit her best peak for SEA Games.

“My coaches and I tried to improve my level while I was practising. I also research well-known weightlifters to learn more from them. The gold medal today is a sweet result for me after years of hard work,” Thanh said. —



Viettel FC aim for a top three finish in the upcoming V.League 1



Viettel FC stand ready for the upcoming V.League 1 season. Photo courtesy of Viettel FC


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


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Coach Park Hang-seo to hold event thanking fans for their support



Park Hang-seo will hold a meeting to thank the fans before he bids farewell to Việt Nam and returns to South Korea. — Photo


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


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‘This is just the beginning’: Bandovic hails Hà Nội’s Super Cup success



Hà Nội celebrate winning the National Super Cup 2022. Photo


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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