Nguyễn Thị Oanh is the only SEA Games Triple, Individual Gold medalist. She won the women’s 1500m 5000m and 3000m Steeple Chase in New Clark Philippines last year.
At the Vietnam SEA Games Trials held November 10-14 in Hanoi, Nguyễn Thị Oanh again will run the 1500m, 5000m, 10000m, and 3000m Steeple Chase.
Nguyễn Thị Oanh rounded up 4 individual titles at the Vietnam SEA Games Trials.
She won the 3000m steeplechase in 10:20.
But the best performance was to come. Outshining her 4:13.88 performance on Day 2.
Nguyễn Thị Oanh clocked a new National Record of 34:08.54.
Absolutely obliterating the 17-year old national record of 34:48.28 of Nu Truc Van Doan set in 2003 at the SEA Games the last time Vietnam hosted.
Second placer Phạm Thị Hồng Lệ the SEA Games Silver Medalist in 10,000m and bronze medalist in the Marathon also went under the old record with 34:30.61.
Nguyễn Thị Oanh’s time was more than 2 minutes faster than Pham Thi Hue’s winning performance at the 2019 SEA Games of 36:23.24.
Phạm Thị Hồng Lệ who took silver their clocked 36:32.34.
Meaning she has improved by just over 2 minutes since.
Perhaps a sign of things to come with Vietnam winning every single women’s event 400m and up, including 400 Hurdles, 4×400 relay, Steeples, and the Walks in the 2019 SEA Games.
The only event they did not win was the Marathon, but I’m sure they have their eyes on that as well.
Day 2 Nguyễn Thị Oanh 4:13.88 for 1500m
The 25-year-old Nguyễn Thị Oanh clocked an impressive 4:13.88, which was 3.5 seconds faster than the 4:17.31 she did a year ago at the SEA Games.
And it also broke her personal best time of 4:14.67 that she ran 2 years ago.
Trương Thanh Hằng holds the Vietnam National Record with a time of 4:09.58 set at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, where she collected the silver medal.
The second and third also had respectable times.
Khuất Phương Anh, the SEA Games Bronze medalist in this event, took silver in 4:26.77.
Upcoming Bùi Thị Ngân, the ASEAN School Games 2018 and 2019 Champion in the 800m and 1500m, took bronze in 4:28.38, smashing her personal best 4:33.62.
Such is the depth of talent for Vietnam in Women’s Middle Distance that they occupy 8 of the 10 top spots in the Women’s 1500m in 2020.
And a lot of them born in 2001 or after.
Vietnam Women’s Final 1500m
Day 1 5000m
Nguyễn Thị Oanh started off the meet with a 16:58.93.
The time was well off her 16:45.98 SEA Games gold medal time and personal best of 16:20.26 set in 2018.
Despite this, Nguyễn Thị Oanh was able to take the 2020 SEA Lead in Rankings.
Phạm Thị Hồng Lệ, the SEA Games silver medalist at 10,000m, took silver with 17:01.93, the #2 time in South East Asia this year.
Another upcoming junior, Đoàn Thu Hằng, the 2018 SEA Youth Champion in 1500 and 3000, and the 2019 ASEAN School Games Champion, took bronze in 17:23.64.
Which also smashed her personal best of 17:42.87 from 2 years ago.
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Andrew was elected Vice President of the Association of Track and Field Statisticians in 2020 after being a member for 7 years.
He has worked as a PSC Consultant and Research Assistant from 2013-2015, Consultant, and Sprint Coach at Zamboanga Sports Academy from 2015-2017.
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