The rowing team, consisting of Luong Thi Thao, Ho Thi Ly, Ta Thanh Huyen, and Pham Thi Thao, demonstrated excellent performances at the women’s lightweight quadruple sculls event with 7:01.11 (Source: VNA)

Jakarta (VNA) – The female rowing team, who secured the first gold medal for Vietnam on August 23 at the ongoing Asian Games (ASIAD) 2018 in Indonesia, received a reward of 650 million VND (around 28,000 USD) the same day.

Of the sum, 50 million VND (2,146 USD) was awarded by Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien, who is also President of the Vietnam Olympics Committee, while the rest came from donors.

Thien lauded the rower’ efforts, expressing his hope that the Vietnamese sports delegation will reap further successes in the upcoming ASIAD competitions. 

On the afternoon of August 23, Tran Duc Phan, head of the Vietnamese delegation, arrived in Indonesia’s Palembang city, where the rowing event was held, to present the rowers with the financial bonus.

“This gold medal has made history for Vietnamese rowing as only bronze medals had been won in previous tournaments,” he said, adding that it has also helped to motivate athletes in other sports, such as like karate, volleyball, and pencak silat, to make better performances over the next few days.

The rowing team, consisting of Luong Thi Thao, Ho Thi Ly, Ta Thanh Huyen, and Pham Thi Thao, demonstrated excellent performances at the women’s lightweight quadruple sculls event with 7:01.11.

The Iranian team came second with 7:04.38.

The achievement pushed Vietnam to 13th in the ASIAD 2018’s medal tally as of 12:30 on August 23.–VNA