Vietnam Sports Gem Anh Vien Strikes Again With Another Victory

Nguyen Thi Anh Vien, the golden girl of Vietnamese swimming, has won her fourth Best Athlete of the Year award after topping a vote by the General Department of Sports and Physical Training in late December, 2017.

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Vietnamese swimmer Anh Vien had an exceptional year in 2017, winning two gold medals, one silver medal, and setting a new record at the Asian Indoor Games and Martial Arts (AIMAG) contest in September in Turkmenistan. She also won eight gold medals and set three records at the Malaysian Southeast Asian Games in August. Vien’s remarkable skills and achievements, along with the support of approximately 200 votes from journalists, led to her triumphant victory over weightlifter Thach Kim Tuan and runner Le Tu Chinh.

Prior to her victorious comeback, Vien faced a defeat to Olympic marksman Hoang Xuan Vinh in 2016. However, she had already established herself as a superior swimmer, winning the prestigious accolade for three consecutive years from 2013 to 2015.

Vien is the most successful medalist in Vietnam’s regional games, with a total of 19 gold medals, 7 silver medals, and 2 bronze medals. She has also set an astounding 13 records across three SEA games, making her a well-known figure in the global swimming community.

Vien’s path to success began in 2012 when she received training in the United States under Coach Dang Anh Tuan, a renowned figure in competitive swimming. Her physical attributes, such as her large feet and impressive arm span, contribute to her swimming prowess. Through dedication and rigorous practice, Vien consistently achieves outstanding results.

The 2017 SEA Games in Malaysia marked another remarkable year for Vien, where she won eight gold medals in various categories, including backstroke and freestyle. She also won two silver medals and set three records in the Southeast Asian Games.

In 2015, Vien achieved success at the FINA Swimming World Cup, winning a silver medal and two bronze medals. She also made history at the 2015 SEA Games by winning eight individual gold medals, surpassing previous records. Vien’s exceptional achievements earned her recognition from the state and led to her promotion to captain at the age of 18.

Vien is now aiming for a gold medal in the 400 individual medley category at the ASIAD 2018. With her impressive track record, fans are eagerly anticipating her performance at the upcoming Olympics in 2020.

Despite her victories and records, Vien remains focused on higher targets and constantly strives for improvement. She believes that satisfaction with past achievements would hinder her progress.


Anh Vien on the podium to receive her sixth gold medal at the 2017 SEA Games. Photo: Du Hai / VNP

Anh Vien alongside Thai and Singaporean athletes at the 29th SEA Games.

Photo taken by Quoc Khanh/Vietnam News Agency

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Featured Photo by Du Hai

Anh Vien receiving her gold medal at the 2017 SEA Games. Photo: Du Hai / VNP