Last update 6/17/2012 10:03:38 AM (GMT+7)

Y replaces Phung in U-20 standings

Hoang Thi Nhu Y took first place from Vo Thi Kim Phung in the Under-20 group standings at the 13th ASEAN+ Age Group Chess Championships in Hue City.

In the eighth round on Thursday, Y defeated Docena Jedara from the Philippines while Phung lost to Phan Nguyen Mai Chi.

In the next round, Y will compete against Le Hoang Tran Chau while Phung meets San Diego Marie Antoinette from the Philippines.

Except for the U14 group, Vietnamese chess players temporarily topped other groups including the U8, U10, U12 and U16.

Minh out of Indonesia Open

Viet Nam's top badminton player Nguyen Tien Minh is out of the Djarum Indonesia Open after losing to Yun Hu from Hong Kong in the quarterfinals yesterday.

Minh lost 19-21 in the first set, but took the second 21-8 before faltering in the third to lose 21-9.

Minh will next take part in the Li Ning Singapore Open, which starts on Tuesday, before heading off to the London Olympics.

VN volleyballers in last sixteen

Vietnamese women volleyball players progressed to the 1/16 round at the third Asian Beach Games on Thursday in Haiyang, China.

Nguyen Thi Tiep and Phan Thi Cam Hong easily defeated opponents from Sri Lanka 21-15, 21-17 to progress. They will play against Sri Lanka's Geethika Gunawardana and Thakshila Gunasinghe in the next round.

Meanwhile, Do Hong Loan and Nguyen Thi Thu Ha lost 15-21, 21-17, 7-15 to Ayu Cahyaning and Juliana Dhita from Indonesia. However, the pair will still advance to the next round after their second place in the qualifiers. They will next compete against Indonesians Dini Jasita Putu Utami and Wijayanti Fitri.-

Phuoc wins silver in swimming

Da Nang's Hoang Quy Phuoc won a silver medal at the ongoing Southeast Asian (SEA) Swimming Championships in Singapore on Thursday.

Phuoc clocked a time of 50.80secs in the men's 100m freestyle to finish second. The gold medal belonged to the hosts' Yeo Kai Quan with a time of 50.66.

The 18-year-old Phuoc met Olympic B Standard at the Malaysian Swimming Open last year.

At the 26th SEA Games in Indonesia November 2012, Phuoc set a new SEA Games record in the men's 100m butterfly event.

Teammate Pham Thanh Nguyen also competed in this discipline, but with little success.

On Wednesday, teenager Nguyen Thi Anh Vien won two gold medals in the women's 200m backstroke and 200m individual medley.

National U22 footballers train in Thailand

The national U22 football team arrived in Thailand on June 15 to start training in preparation for the 2013 Asian Cup qualifiers in Myanmar.
The team, coached by Lu Dinh Tuan, had their first warm-up session at Rajamangala stadium the following day.

On June 17, Vietnamese players will play in a friendly match against U22 Maldives rivals, who are also training in Bangkok.

They are scheduled to compete with U22 Thailand on June 19.

U13 Vietnam win bronze at AFC U13 women’s champs

Vietnam defeated Cambodia 1-0 in the final game of the AFC U13 Women’s Football Festival for Southeast Asia on June 14, winning the bronze medal.

Despite taking on weaker Cambodian players at Ho Chi Minh City’s Thong Nhat Stadium, the hosts had not scored any goal until the last minute of the first half.

The only goal earned Vietnam three points to rank third with 9 points after five games.

Guam outplayed Myanmar 3-0 on the same day to have 9 points, but were placed ahead of Vietnam on goal difference.

Thailand won the trophy with 12 points.

Vietnam lost Guam 1-2 in the opening match on June 9, defeated the Philippines 3-0 on June 10 and Myanmar 2-1 on June 11, lost 0-3 to Thailand on June 12, and overwhelmed Cambodia 1-0 in the final game.

U-22 team aims for Asian final

Coach Lu Dinh Tuan said he was confident that his team would earn a ticket to the final round of the 2013 Asian U-22 football tournament.

The team convened at the Viet Nam Football Federation (VFF) training centre in Ha Noi before flying to Thailand yesterday where they will meet the host nation in two friendly matches during two weeks of training.

Next Thursday, the team will travel to Myanmar for a qualifying round scheduled for late June where they will compete in Group G with South Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Myanmar.

The 23-player squad line-up will not include overseas Vietnamese player Nguyen Thanh Giang from Germany. —

National Martial Arts Championship opens

More than 300 martial artists from 29 provinces and cities across the country are taking part in the 13th National Youth Traditional Martial Arts Championship, which officially opened at the Dak Lak province gymnasium on June 15.

The athletes, divided into various weight categories, will compete in 17 demonstration and 20 combat events (12 for males and eight for females).

Spectators will witness competitions between strong teams such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Dinh, Da Nang, Can Tho, An Giang, Nghe An and Dak Lak.

The championships aim to promote traditional martial arts among young people and to select outstanding talents to prepare for upcoming national and international competitions.

Thai Son Nam crowned national futsal champions

Thai Son Nam trounced Sanna Khanh Hoa 4-1 in their decisive clash at the Tien Son Sports Palace in Da Nang city yesterday, to claim the title at the 2012 National Futsal Championships.

The champions were awarded gold medals, a trophy and VND30 million in cash, while runners up Sanna Khanh Hoa received silver medals and a cash prize of VND20 million.

Thai Son Bac edged Tan Hiep Hung 4-3 in the third-place play-off the same day to take home bronze medals and VND15 million.

Thai Son Nam’s Nguyen Quynh Toan was named top scorer for his 11 goals while his teammate Ngo Dinh Thuan won the best goalkeeper title and Phung Trong Luan from Sanna Khanh Hoa earned the most valuable player award, each receiving VND5 million in cash.

The annual tournament, which took place in Da Nang city from June 3 to 15, brought together 18 teams from across the country to compete in four groups in a round robin format to determine the overall winners.

Dak Lak hosts 13th National Youth Martial Arts Tournament

The 13th National Youth Martial Arts Tournament opened in the central highland province of Dak Lak on June 15, attracting 310 athletes from 29 cities and provinces across the country.

They will take part in 17 demonstration events and compete in 20 combat events (12 for males and 8 for females) in different weight categories.

This year’s tournament has involved strong teams from Hanoi, Ho Chi MInh City, Binh Dinh, Danang, Can Tho, An Giang and Nghe An.

The annual event aims to encourage young people to train in traditional martial arts as well as athletes to improve their skills in preparation for international tournaments.