Victory Cup gala honours best athletes, coaches in 2018

Update: 21:15 | 03/02/2019

Long jumper Bui Thi Thu Thao scored a double triumph at the Victory Cup gala for the best players and coaches of 2018 in Hanoi on February 1, winning the awards for Female Athlete of the Year and Most Favourite Athlete of the Year.

The Hanoian outstripped strong contenders in Female Athlete of the Year voting, including runner Quach Thi Lan and cyclist Nguyen Thi That. This was the second time in a row she took the award. The 26-year-old won a gold medal at the Asian Games (ASIAD) in Indonesia.

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The Male Athlete of the Year prize goes to talented young footballer Nguyen Quang Hai.

The Male Athlete of the Year prize went to talented young footballer Nguyen Quang Hai.

Hai played a key role in Vietnam’s silver medal at the Asian U23 Football Championship, its fourth place finish in the ASIAD and the famous AFF Cup victory.

He was the country’s best footballer of the year and the best player in the AFF Cup at the age of 21.

"I am happy because I have contributed my labour to the success of the national football team in 2018,” Hai said. “I hope that people will continue supporting us so that we can bring home more and more victories.”

Hai and four teammates also represented the national team to accept the award for the Team of the Year.

Defender Do Duy Manh received the Image of the Year award. After Vietnam lost to Uzbekistan in the last second of the U23 Championship, Manh placed the national flag on top of a snow pile, rising up the Vietnamese spirit.

It was the fourth edition of the event which is considered the ’Oscars of Vietnamese sports’. Unlike other awards which highlighted top 10 athletes, the Victory Cup honoured athletes in separate categories.

This year, there were new classes for Foreign Coach of the year and Teammates of the Year.

With his brilliant success with the national football squads, Korean Park Hang-seo was the top choice for the coaching award.

Park did accept his award in person as he is in his hometown for a month of rest after a busy year.

He sent his ’thank you’ to Vietnamese people for the award, saying that in fact it was for the whole team, players, coaches and staff.

Teammates of the Year went to four women on the rowing team who won the first gold medal for Vietnam at the ASIAD.

Young Athlete of the Year went to swimmer Nguyen Huy Hoang, who pocketed one silver and one bronze at the ASIAD after winning a gold medal at the Youth Olympics in Argentina.

The Athlete with Disabilities of the Year award honored swimmer Vo Thanh Tung.

The Coach of the Year title went to coach Nguyen Manh Hieu while former footballer Le The Tho was presented a Lifetime Achievement award.

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