Wushu’s Duc selected as top athlete in HN
Viet Nam’s “golden girl” world wushu champion Nguyen Thi My Duc was chosen Ha Noi’s sports person of the year by the nation’s journalists in Ha Noi on Thursday.
The 19-year-old Duc, who won two gold medals at the World Wushu Championship in Myanmar early this month, earned 758 points for first place, while table tennis star Tran Tuan Quynh polled 469 points to be placed second, and gymnast Do Thi Ngan Thuong took third.
International Tennis Fede-ration’s U-18 silver medalist Nguyen Thuy Dung, who was in the top-15 of the selection, was also excited to be honoured as one of the best in the city.
“I’ve just returned from HCM City to the cold weather in Ha Noi, but I feel very warm because I was voted as a top Hanoian athlete of the year,” said tennis star Dung, who was training with the national team in HCM City.
At the selection on Thursday, director of Ha Noi Sport and Physical Training Department Hoang Vinh Giang said the vote is meant to encourage Ha Noi’s athletes.
“Ha Noi will focus on training athletes for the Olympics, the Asian and the Southeast Asian Games in 2005-20 period with the hope of winning a medal in the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008,” said Giang, who is also the general secretary and vice chairman of Viet Nam’s National Olympic Committee.
Also included in the voting were disabled athletes. Athens Paralympic wheelchair-racer Nhu Thi Khoa topped the list of five disabled athletes, and was also voted the top coach for national disabled athletes.
This is the first time the vote was organised by the Ha Noi Sport and Physical Training Department and The Thao Ngay Naynewspaper. — VNS
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