Nguyen Trong Cuong bagged the first gold medal for the Vietnamese team at the Asian Taekwondo Championships in Ho Chi Minh City on May 11.
In the men’s 87kg category, Cuong had byes to the final after two opponents withdrew from the tournament. He defeated Baykuziyev Jasur of Uzbekistan 5-4 in extra time to take the gold medal.
Earlier, Nguyen Thanh Thao won a bronze medal in the women’s 62kg event when she defeated Manalo Mariacami from the Philippines 5-2 to reach the semi-finals. However, she was thrashed 1-13 to Chia Chia Chuang from Chinese Taipei, earning Vietnam’s only medal on the second day of the tournament./.