Paralympic,powerlifting
Le Van Cong of Vietnam won silver in the men's 49kg powerlifting event on Thursday. Photo courtesy of Vu Trong Hai

Defending champion Cong lifted 173kg which is as heavy as Omar Sami Hamadeh Qarada from Jordan. But Cong is about 100 grams heavier than his arch-rival so finished in second place. Qarada came behind Cong at the Rio Olympics five years ago.

Parvin Mammadov of Azerbaijan won bronze with a lift of 156kg.

Paralympic,powerlifting
Le Van Cong of Vietnam (left) poses with his medal on Thursday. Photo courtesy of Vu Trong Hai

Cong, who is holding the world record at 183.5kg, could not defend his title but the result is still an amazing achievement for the 37-year-old lifter who did not believe he could be in top three because of injuries before the games.

 

In an exclusive interview with Việt Nam News recently, Cong said he is suffering a combo of shoulder injuries which prevented him from performing at his best.

The world-class athlete did not train in three months from March to June because of his pains. He just lifted from 150kg to 158kg during practises.

Cong was born with a number of deformities to his legs, which developed because of an illness to his mother while she was pregnant. 

Source: Vietnam News

Vietnamese athletes with disabilities to compete in three sports at Tokyo Paralympics

Vietnamese athletes with disabilities to compete in three sports at Tokyo Paralympics

Vietnamese athletes with disabilities will compete in three sports, namely weightlifting, swimming and athletics, at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Para-swimmer Trinh Thi Bich Nhu to feature first for Vietnam at Tokyo 2020 Paralympics

Para-swimmer Trinh Thi Bich Nhu to feature first for Vietnam at Tokyo 2020 Paralympics

Para-swimmer Trinh Thi Bich Nhu will be the first Vietnamese competitor to perform at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games as she is set to participate in the women’s 50m freestyle S6 preliminary round at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre on August 25.