Vietnam won three gold, three silver and five bronze medals at the just-ended eighth World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships in Bali, Indonesia, second only to the Republic of Korea, the sport's creators.

The last gold medal for Vietnam was won in the men's under-29 team event as Nguyen Dinh Toan, Le Anh Minh and Le Hieu Nghia scored 7.8 points in Taebaek and 7.92 points in Pyongwon to average 7.86 points - enough to claim top spot.

In the women's free-style event, Chau Tuyet Van, Nguyen Thi Le Kim, Nguyen Thuy Xuan Linh, Nguyen Thien Phung and Le Thanh Trung brought home the other last-gasp gold medal, scoring 8.28 points to knock Canada and their 7.92 points into second place.

Vietnam rounded off the last day on November 3 with a silver in the boy's under-17 team event. Nguyen Dinh Khoi, Le Thanh Trung and Lam Minh Quang completed their performance with 7.48 points, leaving them an agonising 0.02 points behind gold medallists Thailand.

On the final day, Vietnamese athletes brought home two more gold medals; one in the men’s team event and another in the team creative poomsae event.

Vietnam's 24-member team, its biggest and best ever, competed in 17 out of the 22 available categories at the championships, which attracted nearly 500 athletes from 49 countries and territories.

At last year's tournament in Tunja, Colombia, the nation's squad earned one gold, five silver and two bronze medals.-VNA