Pencak silat is a full-body fighting form featuring strikes, grappling, and throwing, alongside weaponry.

Hoang Mai Anh was the first one to bring home a gold medal for the national team at this year’s tournament, defeating Indonesian opponent Fransiska Dewi in the final of the women’s 85-kilogram category.

Nguyen Duy Tuyen retained his world title after overwhelming Thai boxer Pimpirat Tonkhieo in the final of men’s 85-kilogram.

At the world championship in 2018 in Singapore, Tuyen became the champion of this weight class.

Following Tuyen, An Thi Hoa also competed in the final and defeated Indonesian athlete Nia Larasati in the women’s 80-kilogram division.

Pham Tuan Anh (R) poses for a photo with coach Nguyen Van Hung after winning a gold medal in the men’s 70-kilogram category at the 2022 World Pencak Silat Championship in Malaysia. Photo: Van Hung / Tuoi Tre

Pham Tuan Anh (R) poses for a photo with coach Nguyen Van Hung after winning a gold medal in the men’s 70-kilogram category at the 2022 World Pencak Silat Championship in Malaysia. Photo: Van Hung / Tuoi Tre

In the other finals, Le Van Toan took gold in the men’s open event after beating Bakhasyyev of Kazakhstan 23-4. 

Quang Thi Thu Nghia proved her power in the women’s 75-kilogram event when she bested Malaysian opponent Mohamed Nasir 60-35 in the final.

In the men’s 70-kilogram category, Pham Tuan Anh claimed a knockout win over Abdul Raazaq of Singapore to strike gold for the Vietnamese team.

In addition to the gold medals, Vietnam won four silver and 11 bronze medals and ranked third overall after Indonesia and Malaysia, alongside 78 other delegations at the 19th edition of the tournament, which took place in Melaka City, Malaysia from July 26 to Monday.

The Vietnamese silat delegation to Malaysia included one team leader, four coaches, and 30 athletes.

They returned to Hanoi on Monday night.

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