23 Aug 2005
Vietnam Earns Gold at Asian Junior Taekwondo Champs
By Lan Phuong
ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- Vietnam punched its way to one gold, four silver and two bronze medals to finish atop the event, which took place from Aug. 19 - 21 in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Gold medalist Ngoc Tram from Vietnam secured victory in the 68kg division after fierce battles with solid opponents.
Ngoc Tram out-dueled fighters from Japan and Thailand in the event’s qualifiers before prevailing over a Kazak athlete in the semis.
The Vietnamese fighter clinched the championship after thrashing her Chinese opponent in the final.
Four silver medalists were Minh Thuong in women’s 46kg, Thu Trang in women’s 59kg, Thu Huyen in women’s 63kg, and Phi Long in men’s 78kg.
(Story from Thanh Nien, the tribune of Vietnam’s Youth Association, on Aug. 22, 2005)