The country of Vietnam has already made history in the first day of the 2016 Rio Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and they did it at the expense of their Asian rivals China.
Hoang Xuan Vinh proved his class in the 10m Air Pistol Men’s competition winning the gold medal over Felipe Almeida Wu from the hosts Brazil and Pang Wei of China.
Hoang Xuan Vinh, who is already 41 years old and a member of the Vietnamese army, shot a score of 202.5 to clinch the gold medal. The near-perfect score was needed to outdo Wu’s 202.1 and Pang’s 180.4.
Vietnam showed their appreciation of their Olympics star and shared messages of support on social media.
The Vietnamese state media confirmed that Vinh would be getting $100,000 prize purse for giving Vietnam its first ever gold medal in the history of the Olympic games.
“So proud! But the greatest happiness was that we won over China,” Nguyen Cao Ky Duyen stated on Facebook. Ky Duyen is a popular host show in her country but based in the United States.
Vietnamese posters online were also happy with Vinh’s feat but most were happy that they defeated China.
“Vietnamese sport has begun a new chapter. Defeating the Chinese athlete, hosts Brazil and the current South Korean champion. So convincing!,” another poster said on social media.
“You are the pride of the nation and the people,” another Vietnamese stated.
“This victory came from the courageous spirit and the utmost determination of the athlete, his coaches and from key investment ahead of the 2016 Olympics,” Minister of Sports Nguyen Ngoc Thien said in another article.
Vietnam and China are embroiled in the controversy in a sea dispute near the areas in the West Philippine Sea. A tribunal has awarded the Philippines the rights to some of it but the Chinese does not recognize the ruling. Vietnam, Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Taiwan all have partial claims to some sea areas and the tribunal ruling should help their cases against China.
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