Vietnamese Bodybuilders Dominate at 14th WBPF Championships with Seven Gold Medals

After their outstanding performance at the 14th World Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Championships and Congress, Tran Hoang Duy Thuan, Bui Thi Thoa, and Pham Van Phuoc have brought home 7 prestigious gold medals for Vietnamese bodybuilding. Their remarkable achievements solidify Vietnam's position on the global stage and showcase the exceptional talent and dedication of these athletes. With this victory, Vietnam continues to make waves in the world of bodybuilding and further establishes itself as a force to be reckoned with in this highly competitive sport.

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Vietnamese athletes have won the sixth and seventh gold medals for Vietnam at the 14th World Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Championships and Congress held in Wonju, the Republic of Korea (RoK), on November 9-11, VNA reported.

Specifically, Tran Hoang Duy Thuan and Bui Thi Thoa won gold in the mixed pairs category. Vietnam’s Quoc Vuong and Cam Tu also won bronze in this category.

Meanwhile, Pham Van Phuoc ranked first in the Men’s Athletic Physique up to 160 cm to bring home the gold medal.

Vietnamese Bodybuilders Win Seven Gold Medals at 14th WBPF Championships
Tran Hoang Duy Thuan and Bui Thi Thoa (in red) won gold in the mixed pairs category. Photo courtesy of the organizers

Earlier, bodybuilder Pham Van Mach won a gold medal in the men’s 55kg category on November 9 at the 14th World Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Championships and Congress (WBPF), in the RoK. This medal marks his sixth world championship in this category.

The tournament from November 6-12 has the participation of athletes from 45 countries and territories, with Vietnam sending 22.

The 47-year-old Mach impressed the judges not only with his muscular physique but also with his soulful performance accompanied by captivating music.

Vietnamese Bodybuilders Win Seven Gold Medals at 14th WBPF Championships
Pham Van Mach wins gold at the 14th WBPF World Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Championships & Congress on November 9. Photo courtesy of the organizers

In addition to this gold medal, the Vietnamese team also brought home gold medals in other categories. Tran Bao Quoc Vuong triumphed in the men’s 65kg category, Ho Huy Binh excelled in the men’s 70kg division, and Dinh Kim Loan and Nguyen Thị Kim Dung secured gold medals in the women’s 55kg category and women’s fitness category, respectively.

Furthermore, they also earned five silver and three bronze medals in various bodybuilding and fitness events.

Mach is widely regarded as Vietnam’s most decorated bodybuilder in the continental and global arenas. In addition to his numerous world titles, he has won the Asian championships seven times and consistently won gold medals at the SEA Games. At the 31st SEA Games held in Vietnam in 2022, he emerged victorious in the highly competitive 55kg division.

Hannah Nguyen