Nhu’s achievement of 42.60 seconds in swimming surpassed the Games’ record of 1:00.18 held by Malaysian swimmer Koh Lee Peng.
Despite experiencing leg paralysis since the age of three, Nhu developed a strong passion for swimming, citing Michael Phelps of the U.S. as her idol. Phelps is widely recognized as the most successful and most decorated Olympian of all time.
Now at the age of 37, Nhu has not only participated in the Paralympics, but also won gold medals at the 2015 World Championships and earned numerous medals at continental tournaments.
In addition to her success, Nhu competed in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London.
In the current ongoing competition in Indonesia, Nhu’s 50-meter butterfly swim gold medal marked the twelfth gold medal for the Vietnamese Paralympic swimming team. The team has also secured eight silver medals and five bronzes.
On the same day, Nhu’s teammates, Do Thanh Hai, Nguyen Thanh Trung, and Vi Thi Hang, also achieved remarkable victories. They won gold medals in the men’s 100-meter breaststroke, men’s 50-meter breaststroke, and women’s 100-meter breaststroke categories, respectively. This outstanding performance increased the team’s gold medal count to 15, exceeding their initial target of 13 gold medals.
Hai and Hang not only won gold medals but also broke records in their respective events.
Since July 30, the 2022 ASEAN Para Games have been taking place in Surakarta City, Central Java Province of Indonesia. The Games feature 14 sports with a total of 907 events, bringing together 1,286 athletes.
The events are organized across three locations, including Surakarta City, Karanganyar District, and Semarang City.
The Vietnamese sports delegation, consisting of 153 members, including 120 athletes competing in eight sports, has set a target to achieve 35-40 gold medals.