Singapore – The sixth day of the 18th ASEAN University Games saw Vietnam leap up the medal standings to finish fourth. The track of Choa Chu Kang was extremely kind to Vietnam as they yielded 5 golds and 2 silvers, and along with a table tennis gold medal in the men’s team event, they collected their first 6 gold medals of the games.
A clean sweep of the field on Day 1 of athletics gave Vietnam a headstart. Nguyen Van Cong in the men’s triple jump, Bui Thi Xuan in the women’s javelin and Nguyen Thanh Nhan in the men’s high jump all took gold, finishing with a double in the men’s and women’s 5000m through Le Van Thao and Pham Thi Hue.
Nguyen Van Cong jumped 15.61 metres in his event to smash the field. His first attempt was all he needed to secure that unbeatable mark. Muhammad Ismail was second with 14.67 while Singapore’s Khan Meng Linn was third with 14.35m.
In similar fashion, Bui Thi Xuan threw a distance of 49.03m in the women’s javelin throw, significantly exceeding the distances of 44.40m and 40.79m respectively take silver and bronze.
Nguyen Thanh Nhan cleared 2.13m in the high jump to take home the gold medal ahead of three players who cleared 2m. Malaysia’s Prakash Krishnan narrowly took silver since he hit the height with the least number of attempts. Tan Wei Jie took bronze while Nelson Lim had to settle for fourth.
Vietnam’s other gold came in the table tennis event. They defeated Singapore 3-1 in the final of the men’s table tennis event.
Thailand maintained their stronghold on top of the medal standings with double wins at in the men’s and women’s 10m Air Pistol shooting. They were also strong enough in the pool and track as well to keep their top-dog position with 15 golds.
Indonesia is a close second, two golds behind. However, they have accumulated plenty of silvers which may come in useful should there be a tie. Malaysia has 9 golds.