"Cetus" Anh VienEarlier, the athlete from Military delegation dominated the category for three years in a row from 2013 to 2015. Marksman Hoang Xuan Vinh won the Best Athlete of 2016 title.
Convincing voters, about 200 journalists and experts, she topped the poll with 1,560 points, just 21 points more than her nearest rival weight-lifter Thach Kim Tuan (1,539 points, from Ho Chi Minh city). The girl brought home two golds, one silver and set a new record at the fifth Asian Indoor and Martial Art Games (AIMAG 5) in September in Turkmenistan and eight golds at 29th SEA Games in Malaysia in August.
Lifter Thach Kim Tuan, 23, was considered the heaviest contender to win his first award of career after earning three gold medals from the World Weightlifting Championships in the men’s 56kg category in the US last month.
Came third winning 1,274 points, the Ho Chi Minh city-origin runner Le Tu Chinh, 20, is a new rising sprinter but shone at her SEA Games debut with a hat-trick and one record, a gold at Thailand Open Track and Field Championship in June, one AIMAG 5 silver and two bronzes from the Asian Grand Prix Series in China in April.
In the Best Coach of the Year pool, football trainer Mai Duc Chung (from Vietnam Football Federation) topped the list of five nominees with 593 points, following by Huynh Huu Chi (542 points, weightlifting, from Ho Chi Minh city) and Dang Anh Tuan (503 points, swimming, from An Giang province).
The Hanoi-origin coach, 66, was successful in helping the national women’s team to win gold at the Malaysian SEA Games. This is the fifth time Vietnam have claimed the title after winning gold medals in 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2009, equalling Thailand’s record.
He also played key role guiding the national men’s squad to earn a slot in the 2019 Asian Cup finals.
Other athletes in the top 10 were gymnast Le Thanh Tung (22, from Ho Chi Minh city), chess master Le Quang Liem (26, from Ho Chi Minh city), runner Nguyen Thi Huyen (24, from Nam Dinh province), and long jumper Bui Thi Thu Thao (25, from Hanoi), in addition to wushu martial artist Duong Thuy Vi (24, from Hanoi), swimmer Nguyen Huu Kim Son (15, from An Giang province) and weight-lifter Trinh Van Vinh (22, from Public Security delegation).
In the category the Best Athlete with Disabilities, weight-lifter Le Van Cong (33, from Ho Chi Minh city) was the winner with 880 points (the third consecutive time), following by swimmer Vo Thanh Tung (32, from Ho Chi Minh city) with 620 points and weight-lifter Nguyen Binh An (32, from Tra Vinh province) with 408 points.
With two athletes in the top three of the Best Athletes with Disabilities, Nguyen Hong Phuc from Ho Chi Minh city won the Coach of Best Athlete with Disabilities award. It was his third one in a row.
The 40th edition event was co-hosted by Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, General Department of Sports and Physical Training, Vietnam Olympic Committee, while the executing agencies were the Vietnam Sports newspaper and Fund of support to young Vietnamese talents.
The final results set to public on December 31st./.