Vietnamese lifter Le Van Cong (sitting)) shakes hands with Vietnamese Ambassador to Mexico Nguyen Hoai Duong after he made a new world’s record in the men’s 49kg at the World Para Weightlifting Championships 2017 in Mexico City. (Photo: VNA)

Mexico City (VNA) – Vietnamese lifter Le Van Cong on December 4 made a new world’s record in the men’s 49kg at the ongoing World Para Weightlifting Championships 2017 in Mexico City.

Cong secured his best score at the fourth lifting with 183.5kg, surpassing all rivals and breaking the world’s and also his own record (183kg) set in 2016.

This is the first gold medal of the Vietnamese team at the World Para Weightlifting Championships 2017.

On December 4 evening, Vietnamese Ambassador to Mexico Nguyen Hoai Duong and staff members of the Vietnamese Embassy visited the Vietnamese sport delegation and congratulated the team and weightlifter Cong.

Meanwhile, Vietnam earned one more silver medal at the World Para Swimming Championships 2017 which is also underway in Mexico City.

In the men’s 50m backstroke S5, swimmer Vo Thanh Tung came second with a time of 40”36.

After three days of the event, the Vietnamese team seized a total of four medals, including two silvers and two bronzes. On December 2, Vo Thanh Tung brought home the first bronze in the men’s 100m freestyle-S5.

Trinh Thi Bich Nhu and Do Thanh Hai won one silver and one bronze in the women’s and men’s 100m breaststroke SB5 on December 3, respectively.

Five Vietnamese swimmers, namely Vo Thanh Tung, Nguyen Thanh Trung, Trinh Thi Bich Nhu, Tran Quoc Phi and Do Thanh Hai are participating in the World Para Swimming Championships 2017. The event has drawn athletes from 57 countries around the world.-VNA