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Vietnam National Marathon

Due to super-hot temperatures of 37 and 38 Degrees. Times were not as quick as anticipated at the Tien Phong Marathon. Which served as the Vietnamese National Championships for that event.

Both the winners of the Men’s and Women’s came from Binh Phuoc province. Hoang Nguyen Thanh a former SEA Games bronze medalist won the Men’s race at 2:36:56 While Hoang Thi Ngoc Ha won the women’s in 3:07 well off her 2:45 best time clocked in 2017.


Marathon nam tuyển
1. Hoàng Nguyên Thanh (Bình Phước). Thành tích: 2:36:56
2. Lê Văn Tuấn (Bình Dương): 2:41:27

3. Lê Tấn Hi (Lâm Đồng): 2:49:26

Marathon nữ tuyển

1. Hoàng Thị Ngọc Hoa (Bình Phước): 3:07
2. Lèo Thị Bình (Sơn La): 3:25:57

3. Phạm Thị Hồng Lệ (Bình Định): 4:06:39

21km nam tuyển

1. Nguyễn Văn Lai (Quân Đội): 1:17:32
2. Phạm Tiến Sản (Bắc Giang): 1:17:39

3. Nguyễn Văn Bình (Bắc Giang): 1:19:46

21km nữ tuyển

1. Phạm Thị Thuý Hạnh (Hà Nam): 1:31:20
2. Nông Thị Hường (Đăk Lăk): 1:32:18

3. Nguyễn Thị Thuỳ Dương (Đồng Nai): 1:33:12

10km nam tuyển

1. Đỗ Quốc Luật (Quân Đội): 32:16
2. Trịnh Quốc Lượng (Quân Đội): 33:04

3. Lê Trung Đức (Thanh Hoá): 33:37

10km nam trẻ

1. Nguyễn Quốc Anh (Quân Đội): 33
2. Lê Tiến Long (Hà Tĩnh): 33:19

3. Nguyễn Đăng Đông (quân Đội): 33:38

5km nữ tuyển

1. Nguyễn Thị Oanh (Bắc Giang): 18:15
2. Nguyễn Thị Hường (Quảng Bình): 18:50
3. Lê thị Lan (Thanh Hoá): 18:56
5km nữ trẻ
1. Bùi Thị Thu Hà (Thanh Hoá): 18:25
2. Đoàn Thu Hằng (Quảng Ninh): 18:38
3. Nguyễn Thị Quyên (Thái Bình): 19:11
Photo Credit: Dat Nguyen


Vietnam National Marathon gets a big Jump Head start for SEA Games 2021

Photo Credit: Nguyen Dat

With 0 COVID Deaths. Vietnam’s second competition of the year is underway next month. After earlier in June they had there first met of the year the Thong Nhat Speedy Cup.

Vietnam who will host the 2021 SEA Games Next Year is well underway with their preparations with a big jump head start on its SEA Rivals. Having won 17 and 16 Golds in athletics without the home ground advantage at the last 2 SEA Games. Its possible Vietnam could land over 20 Golds this time.

Meanwhile, the Philippines still under GCQ is not able to even get approval by the IATF to this date for athletes to even resume training. While athletes who ended up with a 50% pay cut from the PSC are mainly focussed on other work to supplement income.

While in Thailand no competitions yet but the Athletes are fully training in the track oval. Taipei also had its first competitions for the year.

Hong Le is the Favourite in the Women’s Vietnam National Marathon

Pham Thi Hong Le running with the 2 Athletes from the Philippines at the 2019 SEA Games.

The Tien Phong Marathon Vietnam’s longest running Marathon will be held July 4-5 on  Quang Ngai Province’s Ly Son Island. Among the featured athletes will be SEA Games Bronze medalist Pham Thi Hong Le who goes in as the favorite, she finished behind Christine Hallasgo and Mary Joy Tabal of the Philippines in 2019 SEA Games. The 22-year-old Hong is the favorite in the event next month and has a PB of 2:52.14 from June last year. Hong also took Silver at the 2019 SEA Games.

Le will face familiar rivals Hoang Thi Ngoc Hoa of Binh Phuoc and Leo Thi Tinh of Son La. Hoang has the strongest best time in the race a 2:45.25 from 2017. Leo has a PB of 2:54.46 from 2014. Le won the event last year in 3:01.58.

“I have focused on learning about the running track, the weather in Ly Son and my rivals. But the biggest opponent is still me,” said Le.

“For the past half-year, I have not had the feeling of competing so I’m very excited about this race. I trained to get used to the weather and climate in Ly Son. The COVID-19 pandemic did not significantly affect my training. Just me and my teammates were not allowed to compete,” said Le.

*Correction to original article states Le didn’t compete this year she did compete on January 5 at the Taiwan Excellence meet where she timed 3h00.49.

2020 SEA Games Women’s Marathon Rankings

Men’s Race

Athletes getting ready for Men’s Race of Vietnam Marathon Photo Credit: Nguyen Dat

This year’s men’s race features several experienced runners who could triumph, such as Le Van Tuan of Binh Duong, Hoang Nguyen Thanh of Binh Phuoc, Nguyen Van Long of Gia Lai, defending runner-up Dung of Khanh Hoa, Le Tan Hi of Lam Dong, Le Quang Hoa of Quang Tri and Vu Van Son of Ninh Binh.

  • Tuan has clocked 2:30.52 for Marathon.
  • Thanh has a a PB of 2:26.37
  • Van Long has a PB of 2:30.33
  • Van son has a PB of 2:24.43

As defending champion Anh will not compete in this year’s event, Son, who won the event in 2017 in Ninh Binh Province, is being tipped to win.

The return of Thanh is a notable development. The Binh Phuoc Province-native brought Vietnam a bronze medal in the men’s marathon at the 2015 SEA Games.

Thanh has participated in the Tiền Phong Newspaper Marathon for six years but has never been on the top podium.

“Regarding my rivals this year, I appreciate Tuan, Nhat, Son, and Hi. I am very excited to face them,” said Thanh.

“My goal is to get to the top because I have failed in this race before,” Thanh added.

*Correction to original article this event is only open to local athletes due to COVID no international athletes based outside of Vietnam will be flying in to join.


Full 2020 SEA Rankings (will be updated again after Vietnam Marathon)

By Andrew Pirie

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. Current editor and chief of, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program. Coaches Sprints, Middle and Jump events he is working towards his Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles. He can be contacted on [email protected] You can find more information on Coaching here

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