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Nhi wins first WBO world belt for Việt Nam

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Nguyễn Thị Thu Nhi of Việt Nam celebrates her WBO World Title win in Ansan, South Korea, on Saturday. — Photo courtesy of Cocky Buffalo Gym

HÀ NỘI — Nguyễn Thị Thu Nhi has become Việt Nam’s first World Boxing Organisation champion after winning a WBO belt on Saturday in Ansan, South Korea.

The Vietnamese boxer took the title on a split decision with two judges scoring Nhi at 96 points, two more than her Japanese rival Etsuko Tada after 10 rounds of the women’s mini-flyweight title fight. 

Nhi made history becoming the first ever Vietnamese to win a professional WBO belt. It was a great gift for her after she celebrated her 25th birthday on Friday.

Back in March, she defeated Kanyarat Yoohanngoh of Thailand in the WBO Asia Pacific Boxing Match’s minimum-weight category on points after 10 rounds to give her this title shot.

“I am very happy and proud. I would never have imagined that I would make my world champion dream come true,” said Nhi.

“I brought Việt Nam’s spirit and willingness into this fight in all 10 hard rounds. This victory is for my family and my supporters.”

Nguyễn Thị Thu Nhi of Việt Nam (left) lands a punch on Japan’s Etsuko Tada on her way to victory. — Photo courtesy of Cocky Buffalo Gym

Nhi was considered the underdog compared to her 40-year-old opponent in both experience and record.

While Tada has recorded 26 matches with 20 wins (seven KOs), three draws and three losses, Nhi has fought just four matches winning them all. 

“I was a little nervous prior to the match because Tada is really strong and experienced. However, after two first rounds, I found she was not as scary as I thought. I recognised her weaknesses and did my job better than her, and I won,” Nhi said, adding that the belt was priceless because she won it after months of practising locally because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking about his boxer, South Korean promoter Kim Sang-bum, organiser of the fight, said this WBO title match was one of the biggest competitions of the year.

Prior to it, many people thought Nhi could not make her task but Kim himself believed in Nhi who he has coached for several years.

He said Nhi has good technique while her physique has been improved a lot after two months’ training in Uzbekistan. —

Nguyễn Thị Thu Nhi of Việt Nam (left) attacks the more experienced Etsuko Tada. — Photo courtesy of Cocky Buffalo Gym

  

Nguyễn Thị Thu Nhi of Việt Nam (left)  suffered an eye injury during the fight but still held on to be crowned world champion. — Photo courtesy of Cocky Buffalo Gym

 

 

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/sports/1064921/nhi-wins-first-wbo-world-belt-for-viet-nam.html

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Việt Nam struggle to win over minnows Laos in AFF Cup opener

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Vietnamese players celebrate the first goal by Nguyễn Công Phượng in the victory over Laos. Photo 24h.com.vn

Anh Đức & Peter Cowan

HÀ NỘI  — Việt Nam began their defence of the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Cup with a stuttering 2-0 win against Laos in Singapore on Monday night.

The tournament, delayed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is a chance for coach Park Hang-seo’s men to return to winning ways after a difficult World Cup campaign, but if they are to go all the way and win it again, they will have to improve on the performance in Bishan Stadium.

Minnows Laos struggled to lay a glove on Việt Nam but battled for the entire 90 minutes and can be proud of a commendable performance.

Việt Nam started without key players Nguyễn Quang Hải and Quế Ngọc Hải, an indication perhaps of how Park anticipated the game unfolding.

Laos gave a first cap to naturalised striker Billy Ketkeophomphone, but the French Ligue 2 player was isolated up front and struggled to make an impact in the early exchanges.

Việt Nam dominated the ball in the first half but were made to wait until the 27th minute for the opening goal.

Midfielder Nguyễn Hoàng Đức played in Nguyễn Phong Hồng Duy with a delightful ball down the left, allowing the fullback to square the ball across the box. Nguyễn Công Phượng was on hand to sweep the ball home.

Despite having the lion’s share of the ball, Việt Nam were unable to create a second clear-cut opening in the opening period.

In the second half, it was more of the same with Việt Nam camped in the Laos half.

The Vietnamese made the game safe nine minutes into the second half, as Phan Văn Đức headed from an accurate cross from Hồ Tấn Tài.

While the two-goal lead ensure Việt Nam would be leaving with all three points, they struggled to create decent chances to put a gloss on the game.

Indeed Laos almost pulled a goal back in the 72nd minute through Ketkeophomphone when the striker went through on goal, but goalkeeper Trần Nguyên Mạnh was equal to the effort.

Việt Nam immediately broke on the counter and won a penalty when Vũ Văn Thanh’s shot his Chitpasong Latthachack’s hand.

Thanh stepped up to take the spot kick, but his tame effort was easily saved by goalkeeper Keo-Oudone Souvannasangso. 

The match petered out from there, with the Lao players dead on their feet and Việt Nam unable to make another breakthrough.

Park’s men will next face Malaysia on Sunday and if they are to come away with a second win, a better performance will be needed.

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/sports/1094367/viet-nam-struggle-to-win-over-minnows-laos-in-aff-cup-opener.html

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Vietnam’s Kim Duyen stands out at Miss Universe 2021 pageant

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Nguyen Huynh Kim Duyen, the runner-up at the Miss Universe Vietnam 2019, is now in the resort city of Eliat (Israel) for the Miss Universe 2021 pageant.

During her first days in Israel, Kim Duyen visited tourist and cultural sites in Israel and participated in events held by the organizing boards.

The pageant has attracted representatives from 77 countries and territories. The final night is scheduled on December 12.

Originally hailing from the Mekong Delta City of Can Tho, Kim Duyen won the first runner-up title during Miss Universe Vietnam 2019.

Duyen stands at 1.73 meters tall and measures 83-62-89. She is widely viewed as an outstanding person who regularly participates in charitable campaigns throughout Vietnam, including health care for people with HIV/AIDS, support for LGBTQ+ rights, and assistance to poor children attending school.

The 2020 global competition was postponed to May this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nguyen Tran Khanh Van, who was crowned Miss Universe Vietnam 2019, presented Vietnam at the event in Florida in the US, and was named among the Top 21 for receiving the highest number of votes from fans. The Miss Universe Vietnam contest began in 2008 and is organized every two years.

The audience can vote for Kim Duyen on the official website and the Miss Universe site.

Below are the first pictures of Kim Duyen in Israel:

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Vietnam’s Kim Duyen stands out at Miss Universe 2021 pageant
Vietnam’s Kim Duyen stands out at Miss Universe 2021 pageant
Vietnam’s Kim Duyen stands out at Miss Universe 2021 pageant
Vietnam’s Kim Duyen stands out at Miss Universe 2021 pageant
Vietnam’s Kim Duyen stands out at Miss Universe 2021 pageant

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Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/entertainment-sports/vietnam-s-kim-duyen-stands-out-at-miss-universe-2021-pageant-798833.html

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AFF Cup live blog: Việt Nam-Laos

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Việt Nam begin their AFF Cup defence with a cross-border derby against Laos. The match in Singapore kicks off at 7.30pm and you can follow along here so you don’t miss a kick!

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Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/sports/1094206/aff-cup-live-blog-viet-nam-laos.html

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