ASIAD gold medalist named most outstanding athlete in 2018
Updated : Friday, December 28, 2018 11:08 AM (GMT+0700)

Track and field athleteBui Thi Thu Thao, who won a gold medal for Vietnam at the 2018 Asian Games(ASIAD 2018) in Indonesia in August, has overcame other rivals to become themost outstanding athlete of Vietnam in 2018.

Track and field athlete Bui Thi Thu Thao - Source: VNA

Securing the first gold medal for Vietnamese track and fieldin the Asian Games, Thao from Hanoi topped the list with 700 points, 78 pointshigher than footballer Nguyen Quang Hai from the Hanoi FC, who made greatcontributions to helping Vietnam win the trophy of the ASEAN Football Federation(AFF) Suzuki Cup 2018 and was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.

Swimmer Nguyen Huy Hoang from the central province of QuangBinh ranked third with 462 points thanks to his silver medal pocketed at ASIAD2018.

In the list of outstanding disabled athletes, swimmer VoThanh Tung ranked first with 385 points after bagging three gold and two silvermedals at the 2018 Asian Para Games in October.  He was followed byweightlifters Nguyen Binh An and Dang Thi Linh Phuong, with 276 points and 186points, respectively.

Meanwhile, track and field coach Nguyen Manh Hieu came firstin the list of outstanding coaches with 296 points as he had trained ASIADmedalists, including Thao and Vu Thi Men who won a bronze medal in the women’striple jump.

Swimming coach Bui Thanh Tam topped the list of prominentcoaches for athletes with disabilities.

The rankings were revealed by the poll organizing board onDecember 27 night.

The annual poll is jointly held by the Ministry of Culture,Sports and Tourism, the Vietnam Olympic Committee, the Ho Chi Minh CommunistYouth Union Central Committee, and the Vietnam Sports Administration, aiming tohonour outstanding individuals of the sports sector.

Source: VNA

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