Vietnamese taekwondo athletes (Source: thethao.thanhnien.vn)


Hanoi (VNA)
- Vietnam grabbed the first medal at the 2018 Asian Games (ASIAD) after its athletes secured a bronze medal in the men’s team poomsae event on August 19 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

In the first performance of the semi-final, Vietnamese athletes Thien Phung, Tien Khoa, and Thanh Trung scored equal points with their rivals from the Republic of Korea. However, in the next demonstration of playing on the background music, the Korean athletes were evaluated to perform at a more difficult level.

In the women’s team category, world champion Chau Tuyet Van and her teammates failed to enter the semi-final after being defeated by Korean rivals.

In the women’s individual category on August 19, Van lost to Defia of the host Indonesia in the quarterfinal.

Meanwhile, no Vietnamese athletes qualified for the medal competing round in the men’s individual category.

The Asian Games (ASIAD) 2018 opened in Jakarta on August 18 with the theme “Energy of Asia”.

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