25 Gold Medals have been brought home by Anh Vien for Vietnamese swimming in the 2013 SEA Games, 2015, 2017 and 2019. And when there is no longer a “little mermaid”, swimming in Vietnam at the 2021 SEA Games will be difficult. how?
4 SEA Games depends on Anh Vien
In four consecutive SEA Games in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019, Nguyen Thi Anh Vien has always led the Vietnamese sports delegation in the number of Gold medals. At the 2013 SEA Games, Anh Vien won 3 golds, 2 silvers, 1 bronze, broke 2 SEA Games records in the 200m backstroke and 400m medley and was voted “Golden Impressive SEA Games 2013”.
Anh Vien did not attend the SEA Games 2021.
At the 2015 SEA Games, she won 8 golds, 1 silver, 1 bronze and broke 7 records of the Games. 2 years later, even though she is no longer in her best form, she still won 8 gold medals, 2 silver medals, and broke the congress record 3 times, thereby at the same time surpassing the milestone of individual gold medals in 1 SEA period. Games of former athletes Jescelin Yeo (Singapore) in 1993 and Tao Li (Singapore) in 2011. By 2019, the Can Tho fisherman’s performance dropped when he won only 6 gold medals. However, that was enough for her to become the “Best Athlete of the 2019 SEA Games” in the Philippines.
Compare Anh Vien’s individual achievements with the swimming team’s achievements of the Vietnamese team to show the influence of the Can Tho fisherman. At the 2013 SEA Games, the Vietnamese swimming team won 5 gold medals. After 3 SEA Games, the swimming team regularly won 10 gold medals/each period. Thus, in the four SEA Games periods from 2013 to 2019, the ratio of gold medals that Anh Vien got to the total number of gold medals obtained by the Vietnamese swimming team was 25/36. A number is enough to see how important Anh Vien is to the achievement of swimming in Vietnam. Remember, this is only considering the regional arena.
Therefore, Anh Vien’s decision to part with the Vietnamese swimming team right before the 2021 SEA Games is a huge loss. Specifically, from September 2021, Anh Vien once proposed to withdraw from the Vietnamese swimming team and not attend international tournaments from now on, including the 2021 SEA Games to be held. on the home field. After repeatedly persuading Anh Vien to change her decision, but failed, on the afternoon of November 16, the General Department of Sports and Sports agreed to let Anh Vien leave the team.
Who is the hope instead of Anh Vien?
Anh Vien’s withdrawal from the Vietnamese swimming team and not participating in the 2021 SEA Games affects the forecast that the Vietnamese delegation will lose about 5-6 Gold medals. Further, the goal of leading the team thanks to the advantage of being the host of the 2021 SEA Games with Vietnam also has a significant influence. Especially when Thailand and Indonesia are ready to compete fiercely.
According to the General Department of Physical Education and Sports, swimming Vietnam will send 30 athletes to compete in the 31st SEA Games. And in the context of unsuccessful attempts to convince Anh Vien to stay with the Vietnamese swimming team, the search for joys other hopes also urgently deploy strong. A month and a half ago, the Vietnamese swimming team had a longer training trip abroad. In which, 9 players are considered to have high ability to compete for medals, including: Nguyen Huy Hoang, Tran Hung Nguyen, Hoang Quy Phuoc, Nguyen Huu Kim Son, Pham Thanh Bao, Ho Nguyen Duy Khoa, Ngo Dinh Chuyen (male). ) and Le Thi My Thao, Pham Thi Van (female) returned to Hungary to practice. The reason it is called back is because this is the same squad that trained in Hungary for 6 weeks in November last year. Among the above players, Nguyen Huy Hoang and Tran Hung Nguyen are the two defending champions having won a total of 4 gold medals at the 30th SEA Games in the Philippines at the end of 2019. In which, Huy Hoang is expected to win 3 gold medals in men’s 400m, 800m and 1,500m freestyle events. These are the contents of this fisherman’s forte.
In addition, some other faces are also expected. That’s My Thao, one of the veteran athletes on the Vietnamese swimming team, especially in the butterfly content. Before that, she was mentioned quite a few names, mainly from the times she won Anh Vien in the national championship. The other is Pham Thi Van – 17-year-old female swimmer. She is considered to have great growth potential. This congress can be seen as an opportunity for Pham Thi Van to step into the light at the “green race track”.
The names mentioned above are considered the hope of Vietnamese swimming in the context that Anh Vien is not present at this SEA Games. However, as mentioned above, due to the great influence and sudden farewell of Anh Vien, the swimming team also had to adjust the target down to 3-5 Gold medals at the 2021 SEA Games on the field. House. That said, the swimming team doesn’t expect from Huy Hoang or Hung Nguyen. But judging from the correlation of forces, the preparation of Vietnamese swimming as well as the terrifying strength of the Singapore swimming team – even in the context that Joseph Schooling did not attend this SEA Games, the adjustment of a The above-mentioned moderate criteria are considered reasonable.
Anh Vien’s form is down
Although she no longer plays for the national swimming team, Nguyen Thi Anh Vien still joined the Army delegation to attend the 2021 National Swimming Championships in Da Nang at the end of last year. Except for the only time she did not complete the distance in the 1,500 m freestyle event, out of a total of 11 dives after 4 days of competition, Anh Vien won 8 gold medals, including 6 individual events. Multipliers include 50m backstroke (29 seconds 26), 100m backstroke (1 minute 05 seconds 18), 100m freestyle (57 seconds 98), 400m freestyle (4 minutes 24 seconds 63), 800m freestyle (9 minutes 09 seconds 31) and 200m medley (2 minutes 22 seconds 97). Along with 2 championships in relay distances, Anh Vien also has 2 more silver medals.
Of course, all of these latest performance parameters are far behind the national record held by Anh Vien himself, the result of the continuous interruption of the training regime because of the epidemic and the recent controversies leading to the Vietnam’s No. 1 fisherman has applied to leave the national team ahead of the 2021 SEA Games.
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