Imprints of young faces

Update: 07:42 | 23/06/2019

(BGO) – Competing in 22 national and international tournaments and winning more than 60 medals of all kinds are the achievements that Bac Giang athletes have made in the first months of this year. In the context of transferring forces after the National Games, the above results are remarkable.

Many medals on the big arenas

The performance table shows that Bac Giang continued to play a leading role in winning medals in key sports. For example, in athletics, after four tournaments, local athletes obtained six gold, four silver and one bronze medals. 

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Nguyen Thi Oanh won gold medal in the 10,000m event at the Vnexpress Marathon Quy Nhon (Binh Dinh) in 2019.

Particularly, Nguyen Thi Oanh showed her excellent performance, bringing home four gold medals in the large tournaments such as: Tien Phong Newspaper Run, Taiwan Open Athletics Championship, and VnExpress Marathon Quy Nhon (Binh Dinh). Even in Taiwan, Oanh also broke the record of 3,000m hurdles and women’s 5,000m event set by herself at the 2018 National Games.

For shuttlecock, with the achievement of 20 medals (3 gold medals, 7 bronze medals and 10 bronze medals) from three tournaments: the individual champion, the strong team championship and the national beach championship, Bac Giang still affirms itself as one of the strong localities on par with in Ho Chi Minh City, Dong Thap and Nghe An. With her talent and stability, Nguyen Thi Thu Thuy helped the province’s wushu defend the gold medal in the women's 56 kg shansou (combat) event.

Besides, the new sports included in the system of training athletes with high achievements such as vovinam, boxing and tennis also have great progress. In the boxing championships, Bac Giang had three golds. Also this year, for the first time, the province’s tennis got medals in tournaments in the national championship system (two bronze medals).

Chu Viet Bac, Deputy Director of the provincial Center for Training and Sports Competition, affirmed that the province has focused on investing in strong and spearhead sports, key competition events and outstanding athletes, and paid regular attention to the training of succeeding forces. These are the most important factors that have helped Bac Giang sports maintain its achievements in the national and international arenas over the past time.

Pinning hopes on succeeding forces

Not only ensuring the attainment of medals, Bac Giang sports teams have also succeeded in helping the next generations of athletes have opportunities to try themselves. In badminton, after Vu Thi Trang went to Ho Chi Minh City to start her career and Nguyen Thi Sen switched to training, a series of young rackets such as Tran Thi Phuong Thuy (born in 2000), Than Van Anh (born in 2003), Nguyen Thi Ngoc Lan (born in 2002), Giap Hoang Bach and Pham Van Hai (both born in 2001) have become pillars.

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Tran Thi Phuong Thuy - a typical racket for the next generation of Bac Giang badminton.

In the context of fierce competition with strong badminton centers in the country such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Dong Nai and Bac Ninh, the young faces have shown a strong spirit and won a bronze medal in the team event of the national tournament; one gold, one silver and one bronze at the national youth championship.

In other sports, the generation of athletes aged from 8 to 20 show their confidence when playing in the championship playground. Among them, Ha Thu Hong (born in 1999) won the silver medal in the women’s 54kg event at the national boxing clubs’ cup. 

At the age of 21, wushu artist Nguyen Thi Thu Thuy won the national championship in the women’s 56kg combat event for the third consecutive time. The 15-year-old tennis player Ly Minh Anh has bagged an individual bronze medal at the national men's and women's tennis championship.

In particular, in athletics, young forces are maturing rapidly. In addition to Son Tien Phat (born in 2005) - a member of the Vietnam youth athletics team who won a gold medal in the men’s 1,500m event for those aged 15-16, Bac Giang athletics team also had Ngo Xuan Hau, Hoang Viet Vy Ly (born in 2004), Nguyen Danh Cao (born in 2003), and Nguyen Hong Phong (born in 2005) who just pocketed gold medals in the young men’s mixed relay. 

Or Truong Thi Tham (born in 2002) won the silver in the young women’s 3,000m walking; Nguyen Van Khoi (born in 2002) earned the bronze medal at the national junior javelin throw champs.

In the high-achievement sport period, Bac Giang has seen a generation transfer, with the young faces showing professional maturity and firmness through national tournaments. This is a good sign, contributing to ensuring the successiveness, helping the province’s sports keep its achievements on domestic and international playgrounds.

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