Female martial artist rakes in triple golds at Asian Karate Championships hinh anh 1Hoang Thi My Tam poses with her gold medal in the Asian Karate Championships 2021. (Photo courtesy of Hoang Thi My Tam)
Hanoi (VNA) - Hoang Thi My Tam has claimed three gold medals for Vietnam at the 2021 Asian Karate Championships, in the Kumite events of the senior, U21, and team divisions.

On December 20, My Tam clinched her inaugural gold medal in the tournament following her 55kg (U21 division) victory over Thailand’s Namkhao Penpisut.

She was later crowned the 55kg champion (senior division), thus becoming the first female Vietnamese fighter to claim gold in the same weight category of both the senior and U21 divisions at the Asian Karate Championships

My Tam also teamed up with Nguyen Thi Ngoan and Ho Thi Thu Hien to beat the United Arab Emirates (UAE) opponents 2-1 on December 22 to rack up the women’s team Kumite title.

After five days of competition, Vietnam settled for sixth place overall among the 23 participating delegations with three gold medals and one bronze.

Vietnam’s sole bronze was secured by Ho Thi Thu Hien in the women’s Kumite 68kg event.

The 2021 Asian Karate Championships marked the 17th edition of the Senior Asian Karate Championships and 19th edition of the Cadet, Junior & U21 Championships, with the participation of nearly 500 competitors from 23 countries and territories.

Vietnam sent nine karate athletes to the event, which ran from December 18 to 22./.