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Vietnam grabs five golds on opening day of Hanoi athletics
Posted: May 04,2006
Vu Bich Huong

On the opening day of the Hanoi International Track and Field Open, Thursday, hosts Vietnam won five gold medals besides a silver and bronze medal each.

The gold medalists included veteran Vu Bich Huong in women’s 100m hurdles, Nguyen Thi Bac in women’s 100m, Bui Thi Nhung in women’s high jump, Nguyen Manh Hieu in men’s long jump, and Nguyen Thi Yen Trang in women’s shot put.

Huong, who has a career-best of 12:61 in the 100m hurdles, clocked 13:71 seconds.

Bac grabbed the 100m in 12:20 seconds in the absence of national star Vu Thi Huong who won the SEA Games gold last year in 11:61 seconds.

Nhung leaped 1:85 meters, slightly below the 1.89 meters she cleared while setting up a SEA Games record.

Yen Trang heaved the shot 13.82 meters and long jumper Hieu leapt 7.38 meters.

The three-day event has drawn 93 athletes from Malaysia and China in addition to 337 local athletes.

Thanh Nien Daily

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