Queen Nguyen Thi Thanh Phuc wins gold at Singapore
(VNF) - At the 20km event of the Singapore Open Track and Field Championships on April 28th, finishing the race with a time of 1:59.45, Vietnamese race-walking Queen Nguyen Thi Thanh Phuc won her gold medal.
Her happiness was just not enough, however, as the organizing board announced at the very last minute that the overall results of this event did not contribute to the point collecting system of the Olympics 2016 this August.
However, the window is still open for the 26-year-old girl at upcoming tours in Europe this June.
She competed for Vietnam at the 2012 Summer Olympics, placing 36th among 57 athletes in the 20km walking event, with 1:33.36.
The Da Nang city-origin athlete won three gold medals at SEA Games 2011, 2013, 2015; and a silver at Asia tour in 2013.
Her younger brother Nguyen Thanh Ngung is also famous for professional walking. The 24-year-old walker surprisingly sought a ticket for the 2016 Olympics after finishing the 20km event in Asia tour (Ishikawa, Japan) this March 20th with a time of 1:23.29 (Olympics standard is 1:24.00).
Nguyen Thanh Phuc will be the first track-and-field athlete from Vietnam to compete in the two consecutive Olympics if she qualifies.
After the Singapore Open, athletes will be able to compete for Olympic spots at tournaments in Chinese Taipei and Thailand in Asia. The Vietnamese delegation will focus on walking bigger races in Lithuania and Ireland in June./.
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