As of 3:00 pm on Tuesday, Vietnam had accumulated 91 gold medals, 56 silver medals, and 57 bronze medals, ranking first in the medal count, according to statistics on the 31st SEA Games’ official website.

Thailand placed second with 36 golds, 38 silvers, and 57 bronzes, while the Philippines was in third place with 30 golds, 35 silvers, and 44 bronzes.

Singapore ranked fourth, followed by Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Cambodia, Brunei, Laos, and Timor Leste.

On Monday, Vietnamese athletes bagged a total of 20 gold medals in pencak silat, cycling MTB, taekwondo, fencing, shooting, swimming, artistic gymnastics, and athletics.

Notably, pencak silat athletes Quang Thi Thu Nghia, Tran Dinh Nam, Le Van Toan, Nguyen Tan Sang, and Nguyen Duy Tuyen won five golds for Vietnam.

Bui Thi Nguyen, Khuat Phuong Anh, Vu Thi Ngoc Ha, and Le Tien Long claimed another four gold medals in athletics.

The 31st SEA Games, which boast 526 categories in 40 sports, are currently taking place in Hanoi and 11 neighboring provinces and cities and will run until May 23.

The biennial event was originally scheduled to be held from November 21 to December 2, 2021 but was postponed after Vietnam saw a flare-up of COVID-19 cases in late April the same year.

Over 7,878 athletes, coaches, and members of 11 sports delegations in Southeast Asia have registered for the event.

Vietnam sets a target of winning at least 140 gold medals and placing first in the medal table.

Vietnam ranked second behind host the Philippines, winning 98 gold, 85 silver, and 105 bronze medals at the 30th SEA Games in 2019.

This is the second time that Vietnam has hosted the SEA Games after the first time in 2003.  

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