Võ Thanh Tùng (left) poses with his silver medal at the Rio Paralympics in Brazil this morning. — Facebook photo
The swimmer from the southern province of Cần Thơ finished second in the final of the men’s 50m freestyle S5 with a time of 33.94sec. The gold medal went to Brazil’s Daniel Dias with a time of 32.78sec and Roy Perkins of the United States took the bronze medal with a time of 34.42sec.
This result helped Tùng break his own Asian record of 34.43sec set at the recent Funchal IPC Swimming European Open Championships.
Tùng contracted polio at the age of four, which left him with weakened legs that were barely able support his body weight. He will compete in two other categories — 100m freestyle and 50m backstroke.
Earlier, five-time 2014 Asian Para Games winner Tùng ranked seventh in the men’s 50m butterfly category.
Việt Nam have won one gold, one silver and two bronze medals at the world’s largest sports tournament for the disabled.
Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyễn Ngọc Thiện sent a letter congratulating the athletes’ achievements. He also awarded a cash prize of dozens of millions of VND to them and their coaches../.
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