The top 15 athletes and coaches of the year were honoured during a ceremony at the Hanoi Opera House on March 27 to mark the 65th anniversary of Vietnam Sports Day.

At the ceremony, the State also presented the Labour Order, First Class to the National Sports Administration , for the contributions that the group had made to national sports in the country during the last 65 years.

The national sports administration presented cash-prizes to top sprinters Vu Thi Huong and Truong Thanh Hang and the martial artist Le Bich Phuong.

Phuong, who won Vietnam 's only gold medal at the Asian Games in Guangzhou last year, received 13,000 USD in cash from the National Sports Administration and sponsors.

The National Sports Administration also gave prizes to 32 athletes who won medals at the Games.

Vietnam hopes to finish second in the medal tally at the Southeast Asian Games in Indonesia this November. /.