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A decorated decade for Vietnam’s number one swimmer

Created 12 October 2021
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Before deciding to retire in October, Nguyen Thi Anh Vien had solidified her place as one of the best swimmers in Southeast Asia.

A decorated decade for Vietnam’s number one swimmer

A decorated decade for Vietnam’s number one swimmer

She also dominated domestic tournaments with dozens of gold medals and multiple records broken. The 25-year-old is also the only Vietnamese swimmer to take part in three consecutive Olympic events.


Vien started her first swimming lessons when she was five and quickly progressed. At 15, she won 10 gold medals at the national swimming championship for different ages. Vien participated in her first SEA Games in 2011 and claimed two silvers. A year later, a 16-year-old Vien competed in her first Olympics.

At SEA Games 2013, Vien started to shine, winning three gold, two silver, and one bronze medal while breaking two records of the event. After 54 years, a female swimmer from Vietnam finally became a gold medalist.

 

A decorated decade for Vietnam’s number one swimmer

 

A decorated decade for Vietnam’s number one swimmer

A decorated decade for Vietnam’s number one swimmer

A decorated decade for Vietnam’s number one swimmer

A decorated decade for Vietnam’s number one swimmer

A decorated decade for Vietnam’s number one swimmer

A decorated decade for Vietnam’s number one swimmer

Besides her accolades and success, Vien faced many challenges during her career like staying far from home for many years, only having seven days off per annum and 30 minutes of talking to her family on the phone each week, no social media, no makeup.

 

A decorated decade for Vietnam’s number one swimmer

A decorated decade for Vietnam’s number one swimmer

  

Source: VNE

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