The Can Tho city Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism has honoured with a bonus bodybuilder Nguyen Anh Thong who just snatched a gold medal at the 5th World Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Championships in Hungary.

The Vietnamese strongman, who also triumphed at the Asian championships two months ago, once again proved his prowess at the competition that lured strong rivals, and took the men's 60kg division title.

The Mekong Delta's Can Tho city-born athlete Thong has received 30 million VND (1,400 USD) in cash from the department and another 70 million VND from sponsors.

The world title would be a great boost for Thong, who will compete at the 27th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 27) in Myanmar next month, according to coach Huynh Anh Thong.

“I am very happy to be honoured at the ceremony. It is rooted in tireless practice as well as enthusiastic instruction from my coach. Do not sleep on top of the record. I hope to bring a victory for the nation at the forthcoming SEA Games 27,” said Nguyen Anh Thong.

He dedicated 7 million VND from this bonus to the city’s “For the poor” fund. Now, he joins his teammates in Hanoi heading for the regional sports festival in Myanmar.-VNA