Military athlete Nguyen Van Lai finished first in 16 minutes, 34 seconds and 12 in men's 5,000m.

In the final of men’s 5,000m, military athlete Nguyen Van Lai finished first in 16 minutes, 34 seconds and 12, securing a gold medal.

Other gold medalists of Vietnam’s track and field team were Pham Thi Diem (women’s high jump with an achievement of 1.78m), Nguyen Tien Trong (men’slong jump – 7.80m), Nguyen Thi Huyen (women’s 400m – 52 seconds and 83).

In jujitsu event, Phung Thi Hue pocketed a gold medal after defeating her Philippines rival in women’s 45kg category. Meanwhile, boxer Dao Hong Son defeated the Singaporean rival to win the gold medal in the men's 56kg category.

Nguyen Thi Huyen (right) win a gold medal in women’s 400m.

In pétanque, players Hong Thoa and Lan Anh claimed an emphatic 13-2 victory over Malaysia’s Nurashimah Senin and Sharifah Aqilah Farhana Syed Ali to bag a gold medal for Vietnam.

In bodybuilding, Dinh Kim Loan won the gold medal. In addition, Tran Hoang Duy Thuan and Bui Thi Thoa competed excellently to win the gold medal in the mixed doubles event.

Meanwhile, the Vietnamese dance sport team won the 5th gold medal in five Latin dances.

Chess player Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son (left)

Attentively, chess player Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son defeated Malaysian rival Lye Lik Zang to win the first gold medal for Vietnam’s chess team in the men’s singles standard chess category. This is considered a good start of Vietnam’s chess team since SEA Games in 2019.

By 18:00 on May 15, the Vietnamese sports delegation had won 52 gold, 38 silver, and 39 bronze medals, securing its first place in the medal tally at SEA Games 31.

Translated by Song Anh