29 April 2008

Host Vietnam reign at regionals

Vietnamese martial artists grabbed 10 gold medals in the Southeast Asian Pencak Silat Championship at HCM City's Tan Binh District Gymnasium over the week-end.

Le Thi Phi Nga opened the golden day last Saturday, dominating Dya Rohana Razala from Brunei in the women's under-50kg class tanding (combat) event before two-time Southeast Asian (SEA) Games champion Huynh Thi Thu Hong took on Emraida Asmad from the Philippines in the under-55kg to take gold.

Former SEA Games winner Nguyen Thi Phuong Thuy, who beat Malaysian Malini Binti Mohamad in the 60kg category last Thursday, edged 2006 World Champion and 2005 SEA Games silver medalist Saiedah Said from Singapore.

Le Thi Kim Thanh gave Vietnam another gold with a 4-1 win over Emy Latip from Malaysia in the 65kg final.

On the men's side, Trinh Hai Vuong and Le Cong Nghiep both secured gold in the under-90kg and 65kg classes, respectively.

After five-years of promoting the sport, HCM City had their own gold medals when Nguyen Minh Khoi and Tran Huynh Thanh Quoc won Saturday's finals.

World bronze medalist Truong Van Mao beat Malaysian Mohd Neezam in the men's under-80kg final, while Le Sy Kien dominated Singapore's Muhammad Razif in the under-85kg.

Two-time Southeast Asian (SEA) Games champion Dinh Cong Son defeated Fauzi bin Khalid from Malaysia 3-2 in the men's under-70kg class.

The regional championship, which brought in 200 fighters competing for 16 medal sets in tanding (combat) and six in seni (performance), closes today.

Pencak silat has become one of Vietnam's strongest events at recent SEA Games, and together with wushu, taekwondo and shooting.

Sourced from http://english.vietnamnet.vn/sports/2008/04/780504/

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