Vietnam sets new games record in swimming at 25th SEA Games

15:23, December 12, 2009      

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Vietnamese Nguyen Huu Viet set the first new games record for Vietnam in swimming here at the ongoing 25th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) by 9:00 a.m local time (GMT+7) on Saturday.

Finishing first in 01:01.60 in the men's 100m breaststroke which started late Friday evening, the 21-year-old rewrote the 25th Games record set by Indonesian Indra Gunawan in the same event held earlier in Friday morning.

Indonesian Indra Gunawan rewrote the old record of 01:02.96 set by Malaysian Elvin Chia at the 24th SEA Games in 2007 in Thailand.

In the shooting final of women's 10m air pistol, 19-year-old Tanyaporn Prucksakorn of Thailand set another new games record with 483.0 points, bettering the old record of 481.5 points.

So far, there have been five new games records set in swimming finals and shooting final at the 25th SEA Games.

By 9:00 a.m local time (GMT+7) here on Saturday, five more golds in karate, swimming, diving and pentanque took Vietnam to the top of the podium in medal tally.

In total, Vietnam scooped 14 golds, 10 silvers and 10 bronzes.

Singapore remains its second with 14 golds, six silvers and 12 bronzes. Thailand stepped down to third with 13 golds, 22 silvers and 17 bronzes.

Coming after are Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia.

The first gold medal for Cambodia went to the 27-year-old Sok Chanmean in pentanque men's singles with a 13-11 win a Malaysian rival.

The 25th SEA Games, running till Dec. 18, drew participation of about 5,000 athletes and officials from 11 countries of the Southeast Asia. A total of 25 sports will be competed for 377 gold medals.

The games include football, swimming, volleyball, wushu, track and field, tennis, golf, shooting, billiards and snooker, weightlifting, among others.

Source: Xinhua
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