Phan Thị Hà Thanh

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Phan Thị Hà Thanh
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Phan (left) at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon.
Personal information
Country represented  Vietnam
Born (1991-10-16) October 16, 1991 (age 25)
Haiphong
Height 163 cm (5 ft 4 in)
Discipline Women's artistic gymnastics
Level International Senior Elite
Head coach(es) Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy
In this Vietnamese name, the family name is Phan. According to Vietnamese custom, this person should properly be referred to by the given name Hà Thanh.

Phan Thị Hà Thanh (born 16 October 1991) is a Vietnamese artistic gymnast from Haiphong. In 2011, she became the first gymnast to win a world medal for Vietnam, winning the bronze on vault at the 2011 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships.[1]

Gymnastics career[edit]

2009–12[edit]

Phan made her international debut at the 2009 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in London. She competed in the qualifications round but did not score high enough to make any finals.[2]

On 16 November 2010, she competed at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou and finished fifth on the vault.[3] She won silver medals on vault and balance beam at the 2010 World Cup in Porto, Portugal.[2][4]

In 2011, Phan won the bronze medal on vault at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Tokyo,[5][6] thus qualifying as an individual competitor at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Later in 2011, she won the women's all-around competition at the Southeast Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia (just ahead of Vietnamese teammate Đỗ Thị Ngân Thương), as well as gold medals on vault and floor exercise and a bronze on balance beam. She went on to win the vault title at the 2011 Toyota Cup in Tokyo.

2013–16[edit]

At the 6th Doha FIG World Challenge Cup in Doha, Qatar, on 28 March 2013, Phan placed first in the vault final, ahead of Romania's Larisa Iordache and Switzerland's Giulia Steingruber, with an average score of 14.825.[7] She went on to compete at the 2013 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Antwerp, Belgium, and qualified to the individual vault final. In the final, she attempted a more difficult vault, the Amanar, but fell and finished seventh.

Phan began 2014 by winning a World Cup title on the balance beam in Osijek. At the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, she qualified to three event finals: vault, balance beam and floor exercise. She finished third on vault, behind Oksana Chusovitina of Uzbekistan and Hong Un-Jong of North Korea, the reigning world champion; second on balance beam, behind Kim Un-Hyang of North Korea; and eighth on floor exercise. Two weeks later, she competed at the 2014 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Nanning, China. She qualified for the vault final but finished eighth with major errors.

In the spring of 2015, she won the balance beam titles at two World Cup events (Doha and Varna, Bulgaria). Under pressure to medal in the team event at the Southeast Asian Games in Singapore, she led a minimal team of four gymnasts (full teams consisted of six gymnasts) with Đỗ Thị Vân Anh, Đỗ Thị Thu Huyen and newcomer Long Thị Ngọc Huỳnh. The team was plagued with injuries and finished fourth, but Phan qualified for all of the individual events. She went on to win the most gold medals of any gymnast at the competition (individual all-around, vault and balance beam), as well as a bronze on floor exercise.[8] At the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow, she finished 85th in the all-around in qualifications with a total score of 51.033: 14.400 on vault (47th), 10.233 on uneven bars (193rd), 13.300 on balance beam (58th) and 13.100 on floor exercise (84th).[9] Because of injuries, she opted not to attempt a second vault to qualify for the vault final.

Phan finished 41st in the all-around competition at the 2016 Olympic Test Event to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Competing with an injury, she scored 14.300 on vault, 11.600 on uneven bars, 13.800 on balance beam and 13.000 on floor exercise.[10] One month later, she competed on vault and balance beam at the World Challenge Cup in Varna and finished second on both events (14.400 average on vault and 14.367 on balance beam).[11]

At the 2016 Olympics, Phan competed on two events in the qualification round: vault and balance beam. For her first vault, she performed a double-twisting Yurchenko and scored 14.700. Her second vault, a handspring pike front with a half twist, was much less difficult and scored 13.766. With an average score of 14.233, Phan was 17th out of 19 competitors who performed two vaults. On the balance beam, she scored 13.800 and finished 36th out of 82 competitors.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gymnast Wins Vietnam's First World Medal in Gymnastics". Veryvietnam.com. Archived from the original on 8 August 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "41st Artistic Gymnastics World Championships 2009 Artistic Gymnastics Women All-Around Final". Gymnasticsresults.com. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Colomer, Albert Minguillon I. (16 November 2010). "More gold for China in Asian Games Event Finals". The-all-around.com. Retrieved 10 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Gymnastics - Phan Thi Ha Thanh". The-sports.org. Retrieved 10 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "43rd ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  6. ^ Lawrence, Blythe (15 October 2011). "MARONEY WINS VAULT TITLE, KOMOVA GOLDEN ON BARS". Espn.go.com. Retrieved 12 November 2011. 
  7. ^ Turner, Amanda (28 March 2013). "Five Take Titles at Doha World Challenge Cup". International Gymnast Magazine. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  8. ^ http://gymnasticsresults.com/2015/as/sin/sea-games-2015-singapore.html
  9. ^ http://gymnasticsresults.com/worlds/2015/glasgow.html
  10. ^ http://gymnasticsresults.com/2016/am/bra/second-olympic-qualification.html
  11. ^ http://gymnasticsresults.com/2016/eu/bul/world-challenge-cup.html