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Vietnamese children bag medals at Asian Games

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Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnamese boys and girls have pocketed three gold and one bronze medals at the 6th Children of Asia International Sports Games, which is taking place in Sakha Republic (Russia) from July 4.

The gold medals were grabbed by swimmers Huynh Man Dat in boys’ 200-metre butterfly category and Nguyen Huy Hoang in boys’ 1,500-metre freestyle event; and Luc Le Giang in girls’ 34-kg wrestling division.

Meanwhile, wrestler Nguyen Thi Phuong earned the bronze medal in girls’ 40-kg event.

On July 7, Vietnamese chess team joined in the first round.

The Vietnamese teenage athletes will compete in taekwondo, boxing and track and field in the next days.

The 55-strong delegation is set to join in six out of 22 events against athletes from 38 teams.

Since 1996 the Games have been held every four years, as an initiative of Sakha’s first President, Mikhail Nikolayev, to commemorate the centennial of the modern Olympic Games.

The Games give young Asian athletes a chance to meet at sports venues, to embrace the spirit of international friendship, including respect and tolerance of their counterparts.

In the last Games in 2012, Sakha welcomed more than 2,000 participants competing on 34 teams.

The 5th Games saw a brilliant performance of Vietnamese female freestyle wrestlers, which was quite unexpectedly, providing that such teams as Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Yakutia, Far Eastern and Siberian Federal District usually took medals.

The 6th Games will run through to July 18.-VNA
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