On Sunday, Huong became the first Vietnamese canoeist to qualify for the Olympics when she finished second in the women’s C1 200m at the 2024 Asian Canoe Sprint Championships in Japan. Huong secured an Olympic berth by finishing second in 49.351 seconds, just behind Nilufar Zokirova of Uzbekistan. 

On the same day, Hue earned Vietnam’s ninth Olympic spot by finishing in the top five at the women’s singles sculls final during the World Rowing Asian and Oceanian Olympic and Paralympic Qualification Regatta in South Korea.

Vietnamese rower Pham Thi Hue. Photo: Supplied

With Huong and Hue’s qualifications, Vietnam now has nine athletes set to compete at the Paris Games, scheduled for July 26 to August 11. This leaves the country three short of its target of at least 12 Olympic spots this summer.

The seven other Vietnamese athletes qualified for Paris are swimmer Nguyen Huy Hoang, cyclist Nguyen Thi That, markswomen Trinh Thu Vinh and Le Thi Mong Tuyen, boxer Vo Thi Kim Anh, weightlifter Trinh Van Vinh, and badminton player Nguyen Thuy Linh.