In just the fifth day of the 2016 Rio Olympics tournament, three Asian countries that have a small delegation of athletes has already pocketed a gold medal. These nations have a small number of competitors, but they did not let that affect their campaigns in Brazil.
These three countries are Chinese Taipei, Thailand and Vietnam.
The countries of Chinese Taipei and Thailand both got their first gold medals in the sport of weightlifting. This came in the Women’s 53-kg weight. Shu-Ching Hsu led the way for her country’s first gold in the tournament. She outmuscled Hidilyn Diaz of the Philippines and Yoon Jin-Hee of South Korea. Diaz captured the silver, while Yoon bagged the bronze.
Moreover, Sopita Tanasan gave Thailand their first gold in the Women’s 48-kg category. Tanasan overmatched her opponents in Indonesia and Japan. Indonesian Sri Wahyuni Agustiani achieved the silver medal, while Japanese Hiromi Miyake snared the bronze medal.
The other gold medal of Thailand also came in the Women’s weightlifting event. It happened in the 58-kg division where Sukanya Srisurat won over her fellow Thai competitor. Her compatriot Pimsiri Sirikaew pocketed the silver. But Kuo Hsing-Chun of Chinese Taipei got the bronze in this category.
Furthermore, the gold for Vietnam came in the shooting competition. This is the country’s first Olympic gold medal in the history of their participation in the Summer Games.
The feat was achieved by Hoang Xuan Vinh in the Men’s 10-meter air pistol event.
Hoang outpointed Felipe Wu of Brazil to get the gold. Wu achieved the silver medal, while Pang Wei of China got the bronze medal.
This news might motivate other Asian nations that have a small number of athletes to step up in their remaining games. It is still possible for those small-sized countries to achieve a feat just like what Vietnam did. This is because it is just the 5th day of the 2016 Rio Olympics competition.
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