Vietnamese runner Quach Thi Lan (Photo: VNA)

She was viewed as the favorite in the final as the silver medallist of the 2018 Asian Games (ASIAD).

Lan clinched her gold with a time of 56.10s. Bahraini Jamal Aminat, who bagged a bronze medal at the 2018 ASIAD, finished second in 56.39s.

Earlier, Le Tu Chinh contested in the women’s 100m semi-final. However, she failed to book a spot in the final with a time of 11.69s, slower than her best performance at the National Sports Festival last year. 

The 2019 Asian Athletics Championships is taking place in Qatar from April 21st-25th with the participation of athletes from 63 countries and territories. Athletes’ times and scores in this tournament go towards qualification for the 2019 World Championship and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

A total 12 Vietnam runners are competing at the event, including Le Tu Chinh, Quach Thi Lan, Nguyen Van Lai, Nguyen Thi Oanh and Pham Thi Hue, among others./.