Nguyen Thi Thanh Phuc came out only 36 th among 61 athletes in the 20km women’s walking event at the London Olympics on August 11, but setting a new national record of 1:33:36.

Although a long way from any medal, Phuc was able to improve her time by 1 minute 37 seconds compared to Asian Race Walking Championship in March this year, where she came third.

Thanh Phuc was the last to compete among the 18-strong Vietnamese delegate to London . Except for shooter Hoang Xuan Vinh and weight-lifter Tran Le Quoc Toan who came very close to the bronze medal, the other athletes were unable to make their mark on the world’s largest sports event.

Vietnam has had its representatives compete at Olympics since 1980, but so far local athletes have been able to bring home only two medals. Taekwondo artist Tran Hieu Ngan won a silver in Sydney in 2000 and weight-lifter Hoang Anh Tuan got another silver in Beijing in 2008.-VNA