Vietnam at the 2016 Summer Olympics

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Vietnam at the
2016 Summer Olympics
Flag of Vietnam.svg
IOC code VIE
NOC Vietnam Olympic Committee
Website www.voc.org.vn (in Vietnamese) (in English)
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors 23 in 10 sports
Flag bearer Vũ Thành An (opening)[1]
Medals
Ranked 48th
Gold
1
Silver
1
Bronze
0
Total
2
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Vietnam competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. This was the nation's ninth appearance at the Olympics, with the exception of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, because of its partial support to the Soviet boycott.

The Vietnam Olympic Committee (VOC) fielded a squad of 23 athletes, 9 men and 14 women, to compete in 10 sports at the Games.[2] It was the nation's largest delegation sent to the Olympics in a non-boycotting edition, and the second-largest overall in history, beating the record of 18 athletes who attended the London Games in 2012. This was also the youngest delegation in Vietnam's Olympic history, with about half under the age of 25. For the second time in history, the Vietnamese team featured more female athletes than males.

Eight athletes on the Vietnamese roster previously competed in London, with the rest of the field making their Olympic debut in Rio de Janeiro. Among the nation's athletes were pistol shooter and London 2012 fourth-place finalist Hoàng Xuân Vinh, world-ranked swimmer and 2014 Youth Olympic champion Nguyễn Thị Ánh Viên, weightlifter Trần Lê Quốc Toàn, and sabre fencer and two-time Southeast Asian Games titleholder Vũ Thành An, who was selected by the committee to carry the Vietnamese flag at the opening ceremony.[1]

Vietnam left Rio de Janeiro with two medals, signifying its most successful Olympic showing at a single edition and also achieving the medal target set by VOC.[3][4] Hoàng Xuân Vinh claimed his nation's first ever gold medal in the men's 10 m air pistol on the opening day of the Games, and then followed it up with a silver in the 50 m pistol four days later, emerging himself as the most decorated Vietnamese athlete in history.[5][6]

Medalists[edit]

Medal Name Sport Event Date
 Gold Hoàng Xuân Vinh Shooting Men's 10 m air pistol 6 August
 Silver Hoàng Xuân Vinh Shooting Men's 50 m pistol 10 August

Athletics[edit]

Vietnamese achieved three qualifying standards in the athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event):[7][8]

Key
  • Note–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only
  • Q = Qualified for the next round
  • q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target
  • NR = National record
  • N/A = Round not applicable for the event
  • Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round

Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Nguyễn Thành Ngưng Men's 20 km walk N/A 1:30:01 60
Nguyễn Thị Huyền Women's 400 m 52:97 6 Did not advance
Women's 400 m hurdles 57.87 7 Did not advance

Badminton[edit]

Vietnam qualified two badminton players for each of the following events into the Olympic tournament. Two-time Olympian Nguyễn Tiến Minh and Vũ Thị Trang were selected among the top 34 individual shuttlers each in the men's and women's singles based on the BWF World Rankings as of 5 May 2016.[9][10]

Athlete Event Group Stage Elimination Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Nguyễn Tiến Minh Men's singles  Malkov (RUS)
W (15–21, 21–9, 21–13)
 Obernosterer (AUT)
W (21–18, 21–14)
 Lin D (CHN)
L (7–21, 12–21)
2 Did not advance
Vũ Thị Trang Women's singles  Okuhara (JPN)
L (10–21, 8–21)
 Fanetri (INA)
W (21–12, 21–11)
N/A 2 Did not advance

Fencing[edit]

Vietnam entered four fencers into the Olympic competition. Vũ Thành An, Nguyễn Thị Như Hoa, and Nguyễn Thị Lệ Dung had claimed their Olympic spots with a top finish at the Asian Zonal Qualifier in Wuxi, China. Meanwhile, Đỗ Thị Anh received a spare berth freed up by New Zealand's Yuan Ping, who was ruled ineligible to compete because she played under the Chinese jersey. Anh, as the next highest-ranked fencer not yet qualified, was selected to replace her in the foil event.[11]

Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Vũ Thành An Men's sabre N/A  Occhiuzzi (ITA)
W 15–12
 Anstett (FRA)
L 8–15
Did not advance
Nguyễn Thị Như Hoa Women's épée  Mallo (FRA)
L 7–15
Did not advance
Đỗ Thị Anh Women's foil  Kontochristopoulou (GRE)
W 15–13
 Errigo (ITA)
L 9–15
Did not advance
Nguyễn Thị Lệ Dung Women's sabre Bye  Kim J-y (KOR)
L 3–15
Did not advance

Gymnastics[edit]

Artistic[edit]

Vietnam entered two artistic gymnasts into the Olympic competition. London 2012 Olympian Phạm Phước Hưng and Phan Thị Hà Thanh had claimed their Olympic spots each in the men's and women's apparatus and all-around events, respectively, at the Olympic Test Event in Rio de Janeiro.[12][13]

Men
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Apparatus Total Rank Apparatus Total Rank
F PH R V PB HB F PH R V PB HB
Phạm Phước Hưng Parallel bars N/A 14.966 N/A 14.966 12 Did not advance
Women
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Apparatus Total Rank Apparatus Total Rank
V UB BB F V UB BB F
Phan Thị Hà Thanh Vault 14.233 N/A 14.233 17 Did not advance
Balance beam N/A 13.800 N/A 13.800 36 Did not advance

Judo[edit]

Vietnam qualified one judoka for the women's extra-lightweight category (48 kg) at the Games. Văn Ngọc Tú earned a continental quota spot from the Asian region, as the highest-ranked Vietnamese judoka outside of direct qualifying position in the IJF World Ranking List of May 30, 2016.[14][15]

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Văn Ngọc Tú Women's −48 kg  Moscatt (ITA)
W 000–000 S
 Jeong B-k (KOR)
L 000–102
Did not advance

Rowing[edit]

Vietnam has qualified one boat each in the women's lightweight double sculls for the Olympics at the 2016 Asia & Oceania Continental Qualification Regatta in Chungju, South Korea.

Athlete Event Heats Repechage Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Hồ Thị Lý
Tạ Thanh Huyền
Women's lightweight double sculls 7:29.91 5 R 8:19.79 4 SC/D 8:18.47 3 FC DNS 18

Qualification Legend: FA=Final A (medal); FB=Final B (non-medal); FC=Final C (non-medal); FD=Final D (non-medal); FE=Final E (non-medal); FF=Final F (non-medal); SA/B=Semifinals A/B; SC/D=Semifinals C/D; SE/F=Semifinals E/F; QF=Quarterfinals; R=Repechage

Shooting[edit]

Hoàng Xuân Vinh with the gold medal

Vietnamese shooters achieved quota places for two events by virtue of their best finishes at the 2014 ISSF World Shooting Championships, the 2015 ISSF World Cup series, and Asian Championships, as long as they obtained a minimum qualifying score (MQS) by March 31, 2016.[16]

Hoàng Xuân Vinh became the first Vietnamese athlete to win a gold medal at the Summer Olympics, beating Brazil's Felipe Almeida Wu in the final round of the men's 10 m air pistol with a score of 202.5, which also set an Olympic record based on the new ISSF rule changed at the start of 2013. He also added a silver to his Olympic treasury in the men's 50 m pistol, making him the first Vietnamese athlete to earn multiple Olympic medals.

Athlete Event Qualification Final
Points Rank Points Rank
Hoàng Xuân Vinh Men's 10 m air pistol 581 4 Q 202.5 OR 1st, gold medalist(s)
Men's 50 m pistol 556 6 Q 191.3 2nd, silver medalist(s)
Trần Quốc Cường Men's 10 m air pistol 575 26 Did not advance
Men's 50 m pistol 542 31 Did not advance

Qualification Legend: Q = Qualify for the next round; q = Qualify for the bronze medal (shotgun)

Swimming[edit]

Vietnamese swimmers achieved qualifying standards in four events (up to a maximum of 2 swimmers in each event at the Olympic Qualifying Time (OQT), and potentially 1 at the Olympic Selection Time (OST)):[17][18]

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Hoàng Quý Phước Men's 200 m freestyle 1:50.39 41 Did not advance
Nguyễn Thị Ánh Viên Women's 400 m freestyle 4:16.32 26 N/A Did not advance
Women's 200 m individual medley 2:16.20 33 Did not advance
Women's 400 m individual medley 4:36.85 9 N/A Did not advance

Weightlifting[edit]

Vietnamese weightlifters qualified three men's quota places for the Rio Olympics based on their combined team standing by points at the 2014 and 2015 IWF World Championships. A single women's Olympic spot had been added to the Vietnamese roster by virtue of a top six national finish at the 2016 Asian Championships.[19] The team must allocate these places to individual athletes by June 20, 2016.

Athlete Event Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Rank
Result Rank Result Rank
Thạch Kim Tuấn Men's −56 kg 130 4 160 DNF 130 DNF
Trần Lê Quốc Toàn 121 6 154 4 275 5
Hoàng Tấn Tài Men's −85 kg 145 17 180 17 325 17
Vương Thị Huyền Women's −48 kg 84 DNF DNF

Wrestling[edit]

Vietnam qualified two wrestlers for each of the following weight classes into the Olympic competition, as a result of their semifinal triumphs at the 2016 Asian Qualification Tournament.[20]

Key:

  • VT – Victory by Fall.
  • PP – Decision by Points – the loser with technical points.
  • PO – Decision by Points – the loser without technical points.
  • ST – Technical superiority – the loser without technical points and a margin of victory of at least 8 (Greco-Roman) or 10 (freestyle) points.

Women's freestyle
Athlete Event Qualification Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Repechage 1 Repechage 2 Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Vũ Thị Hằng −48 kg Withdrew due to injury
Nguyễn Thị Lụa −53 kg Bye  Sambou (SEN)
L 0–5 VT
Did not advance 15

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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