Laos Claims Gold, Bronze at Asian Vovinam Championships
Laos has secured one gold and five bronze medals from dancing events at the 4th SEAVF Southeast Asian Vovinam Championship 2017 being hosted by Siem Reap, Cambodia, from January 11-14.
Phailath Thammavongsa won gold in the men’s dancing event with a weapon, while the bronze medals awarded included efforts in the men’s team dancing event without a weapon, women’s team dancing event without a weapon, along with men’s and women’s single dancing events with a weapon.
Phailath previously won a gold medal in the men’s dancing event at the 27th SEA Games in Myanmar in 2013.
Lao vovinam fighters will hopefully add to their medal tally in dancing and fighting events at the tournament which continues today.
The Lao Vovinam Federation was confident of winning medals at the championship and sent nine men and three women to compete in the 10 different dancing events while four men and two women went to contest various fighting events.
Their optimism was based on the team’s performance at the 3rd Vovinam Championship in Myanmar in 2014 where Laos was placed third with five gold medals.
Following the championship in Cambodia, the Lao team will begin concentrating on the World Vovinam Championship later this year.
At the Beach Games in Vietnam from September 24 to October 3 last year, the Lao team won one gold and six bronze medals.
The Lao vovinam team’s other successes include winning a gold medal, four silver and six bronze medals at the Indoor Games in Vietnam in 2009; winning two gold and five bronze medals at the SEA Games in Indonesia in 2011; and picking up two gold, three silver and four bronze medals at the SEA Games in Myanmar in 2013.
The team also won four gold medals at the Asean Vovinam Championship in Myanmar in 2013.
Source: Vientiane Times