(Sports news, SEA Games news) Old General Nguyen Van Lai had an impressive celebration and was not afraid to share that his biggest opponent, Thai-American star Kieran Tuntivate, was suddenly injured.
Nguyen Van Lai admits his luck when he won the gold medal at the 31st SEA Games
Before entering the men’s 5000m content competition SEA Games 31 Taking place on the evening of May 15 at My Dinh Stadium, Nguyen Van Lai received new information when the Thai-American star Kieran Tuntivate was suddenly injured at the last minute, unable to participate in the competition.
Kieran Tuntivate is the one who defeated Nguyen Van Lai to become the defending champion of both 5000m and 10,000m content at SEA Games 2019. Besides, this naturalized runner has just broken the 5000m track record at the championship. Asian rival 2022.
The fact that Nguyen Van Lai’s No. 1 opponent was injured, even though he was present in Hanoi, opened a great opportunity for the 36-year-old general.
With seasoned experience, Nguyen Van Lai almost only ran in the last group during most of the competition to avoid losing strength due to the influence of the wind.
It was only when there was one last lap left that the Army’s running foot suddenly accelerated, taking the lead.
Van Lai gradually left the remaining opponents a safe distance when he almost reached the finish line.
The veteran runner comfortably greeted the audience, celebrating before reaching the finish line.
Especially excited about the gold medal at the age of 36, Van Lai jumped up and turned in the air “like a child” at the finish line.
“I don’t think I can win another gold medal right in my hometown Vietnam and under the passionate cheers of the fans. Honestly, I was very lucky when my biggest opponent in the previous SEA Games got injured,” Van Lai said.
This old general frankly admits that he is the bottom door and it is very difficult to win gold when compared to Thai-American naturalized athlete Kieran Tuntivate.
This is Van Lai’s fourth gold medal in the 5000m content at the SEA Games, after 2013, 2015 and 2017.
Van Lai said this will be the last SEA Games in his career.
at Blogtuan.info – Source: 24h.com.vn – Read the original article here