Pencak silat fighters score double gold for Vietnam

11:19 | 31/08/2018 Sports

Nguyen Van Tri and Tran Dinh Nam won two gold medals for Vietnam’s pencak silat team at the 2018 Asian Games (Asiad) following their 5-0 victories over Malaysian opponents, Yaacob Mohd Khaizul and Khalid Mohd Fauzi, in the men’s 90-95kg and 70-75kg final matches, respectively, on August 29.

Tran Dinh Nam could not hide his happiness after clinching the second gold for the pencak silat team - Photo: vnexpress.net

Avoiding title clashes with fighters from the host country, the home to pencak silat, the two Vietnamese martial artists took advantage of rare opportunities to claim convincing triumphs, increasing Vietnam’s 2018 Asiad gold medal tally to four.

The exceptional achievements of Tri and Nam helped the Vietnamese sport delegation to exceed the goal of winning at least three gold medals set for the Asiad 2018, with the other two titles secured by rowers Luong Thi Thao, Ho Thi Ly, Ta Thanh Huyen, and Pham Thi Thao in the women’s lightweight quadruple sculls event, and by track and field athlete Bui Thi Thu Thao in the women’s long jump category.

Earlier the same day, pencak silat artists added a silver medal to Vietnam’s tally as Nguyen Thi Thu Ha, Nguyen Thi Huyen and Vuong Thi Binh finished as the runners-up in the women’s team final with 464 points, just two points behind the Indonesian champions.

The pencak silat team are expected to win a further gold for Vietnam this afternoon as Nguyen Thi Cam Nhi, Tran Thi Them, and Nguyen Thai Linh participate in three final matches against Indonesian fighters in the women’s 60-65kg, women’s 50-55kg and men’s 55-60kg events, respectively.

The brilliance of pencak silat fighters helped Vietnam to climb to 14th position in the provisional medal table as of 3.30pm on August 29, with a haul of four golds, 12 silvers and 13 bronzes.

Theo NDO