Vietnamese athletes had a successful competition day at the on-going 27th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Myanmar on December 17 as they brought home a total of six gold medals.

With this result, the Vietnamese team continued to secure its second place at the Games with 49 gold, 43 silver and 56 bronze medals. Thailand took the lead with 64 golds and Indonesia came third with 45 golds. Host Myanmar dropped to the fourth position with 42 gold medals.

The first good news of the day came to Vietnam in the early morning as long-distance runner Nguyen Van Lai emerged victorious in the men’s 5,000m event.

But the impressive victory of the day came from sprinter Vu Thi Huong, given that she has been out of the spotlight for the past two years and faced grave doubts over her ability to return to the winner’s podium.

She reclaimed her gold medal in the 100m strongest event and her sixth gold medal in the history of SEA Games.

The hat-trick of the Vietnamese track and field was fulfilled by Do Thi Thao in the women’s 800m event.

Meanwhile, Le Ngoc Mai, Trieu Thi Hoa Hong and Nguyen Thuy Dung brought another gold to Vietnam by winning the women’s 25m sport team pistol event.

Bui Thi Quynh defeated her Thai opponent in the final to win the first gold medal in Thai Muay competition.

Chess grandmaster Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son improved his achievements with the second gold medal at this Games in the fast chess category.-VNA