Vinh ranked sixth overall after lifting 131kg in snatch and 163kg in clean and jerk.

This performance solidified his world ranking at No. 9 and ensured his spot at the upcoming Paris Games, scheduled for July 26 to August 11.

As per the rules, Olympic spots are allocated to the top 10 athletes in each category, with each country limited to one representative, and no more than three men and three women per nation qualifying for Paris.

Vietnamese weightlifter Trinh Van Vinh trains ahead of the 2024 International Weightlifting Federation World Cup in Phuket, Thailand. Photo: Hoang Tung / Tuoi Tre

Despite nursing an injury, Vinh underwent rigorous training ahead of the World Cup tournament, which is taking place in Phuket, Thailand from March 31 to April 11 as the final qualification event for the Paris Games. 

Previously, he had been among Vietnam’s top lifters, earning numerous world titles before a four-year suspension due to a doping ban. 

He made a comeback last year.

Vietnamese weightlifter Trinh Van Vinh competes at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia. Photo: Huy Dang / Tuoi Tre

With Vinh’s success, Vietnam maintains its streak of having weightlifters participate in the last six Olympic Games.

Joining Vinh in representing Vietnam at the Paris Olympics are cyclist Nguyen Thi That, shooters Trinh Thu Vinh and Le Thi Mong Tuyen, swimmer Nguyen Huy Hoang, and boxer Vo Thi Kim Anh.

In the next few days of competition in Thailand, Vietnamese weightlifters Quang Thi Tam and Pham Thi Hong Thanh will vie for Olympic qualification in the women’s 59kg and 71kg classes, respectively.