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ASIAD 18: Vietnam bags first silver, another bronze medal

Weightlifter Thach Kim Tuan won the first silver medal for Vietnam at the ongoing Asian Games 2018 (ASIAD) in Indonesia on August 20.

With a total lift of 280kg, Tuan was defeated by Om Yun-chol from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, who lifted 7kg higher than him, in the men’s 56kg category.

At the ASIAD 2014 in the Republic of Korea, Tuan also missed the chance to clinch a gold medal to Om.

During the day, the Vietnamese delegation also won another bronze medal after swimmer Nguyen Huy Hoang finished third in the men’s 800m freestyle with a timing of 7:54.32.

The gold medal went to China’s Sun Yang with a timing of 7:48.36 – a new ASIAD record, while Shogo Takeda of Japan won the silver medal with a result of 7:53.01.

As of 8:30 pm of August 20, Vietnam ranked 15th in the medal tally with one silver and three bronze medals. China still topped the rankings with 15 gold, 10 silver, and nine bronze medals.

Vietnam’s sports delegation to the ASIAD consists of 532 members, including 352 athletes. It aims to snatch a minimum of three gold medals, with at least one in an Olympic sports category.