Vi Wins Gold at World Wushu Games

Vietnam’s Duong Thuy Vi competes in the women’s jianshu event at the 2022 World Games in the United States. Vi won a gold medal in the jianshu and qiangshu organized at the gymnasium of Birmingham Southern College, Alabama. — Stock Photo

The former world champion had no trouble dominating the women’s jianshu and qiangshu contested at the Birmingham Southern College gymnasium.

Vi scored 9.513 points in the first category and 9.527 points in the second. Her combined 19.040 points put her on the top step of the podium.

She left behind Canadian Cai Winnie (18.340 points) and South Korean Seo Hee-ju (18.320 points).

This is the first World Games title for the Vietnamese athlete who has won almost all of the world’s most prestigious events.

It is also the 29-year-old’s third international title in two months after picking up two gold medals at the 31st SEA Games in May in Hanoi.

Vi also competed at the World Games in 2013 and won silver.

Vietnam’s Duong Thuy Vi (center) poses with two medalists in the women’s jianshu and qiangshu event at the 2022 World Games. — Stock Photo

His title on Wednesday was Team Vietnam’s second at the World Games. Previously, Nguyen Thanh Tung won the men’s taijiquan and taijiquan finals in 2013.

Another Vietnamese, Pham Quoc Khanh, also competed in the men’s nanquan and nangun finals on Wednesday. He scored 18.947 points to place fourth.

Liu Zhong-xin of China won the event with 19.134 points. Harris Horatius of Indonesia was second with 19.030 points and Lai Po-wei of Chinese Taipei was third with 19.016.

Vietnam still has Hoang Thi Phuong Giang to compete in women’s daoshu and gunshu.

Giang is a multiple SEA Games medalist. At the SEA Games in May, she dominated the women’s changquan event and finished third in the gunshu.

In Birmingham, Giang will face strong rivals such as Mia Tian from the hosts, Alina Krysko from Ukraine, Alexa Cruz from Mexico, Camila Cid Urtubia from Chile and Michelle Yeung from Hong Kong (China).

In other sports, Vietnam’s Tran Quyet Chien is ranked No. 3 in the men’s 3-cushion carom event. He will meet Teran Javier from Ecuador on Friday.

Also, on Friday, eight-time world champion Nguyen Tran Duy Nhat will compete in the men’s 57kg category in Muay Thai.

The women’s beach handball team was disqualified from the tournament as they could not reach the competition venue in time due to visa issues.

The World Games are an international multi-sport event comprising sports disciplines not contested at the Olympic Games. It usually takes place every four years, one year after the Summer Olympics, over 11 days.

It is governed by the International Association of World Games, under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee. The first Games were organized in 1981 in the United States.

Vietnam has participated in different editions of the World Games and Vietnamese athletes bagged a sepak takraw gold medal at the 2009 Games in Chinese Taipei; gold in wushu and aerobics in 2013 in Colombia; and a muay thai gold medal in 2017 in Poland.

Source: Vietnam News


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