Hoang Xuan Vinh celebrates after making the final shot (Photo: EPA/VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has sent a letter to congratulate the Vietnamese delegation to the Rio Games and shooter Hoang Xuan Vinh in particular over the gold medal Vietnam has ever won after six decades of competing in the Olympics.

Vinh, who is a military officer, brought home the gold medal in the men’s 10m air pistol on August 6 in Rio de Janeiro. He also broke the previous Olympic record in the event.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc wrote in the letter that Vinh’s achievement brings honour to the country and pride for officials, coaches, athletes and Vietnamese fans.

Only a few hours after the news, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien also extended his congratulations together with a cash prize to the 42-year-old shooter.-VNA