Nguyen Thi Tam, Tran Thi Linh deliver for host Vietnam in SEA Games

Hometown heroine Nguyen Thi Tam came up with a sensational victory over Soeun Sokly of Cambodia to enter the semifinals of the women’s flyweight (51kg) division in the 31st Southeast Asian Games at the Bac Ninh Gymnasium in Vietnam on Wednesday.

Nguyen, an ASBC Asian champion and named Best Female Boxer in the Thailand Open last month, battered Sokly with a flurry of combinations that forced the referee to stop the bout right in the first round.

Another Vietnamese bet in the women’s lightweight (60kg) class Tran Thi Linh came through with a 5-0 shocker over Thailand’s Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist and AIBA Women’s World Championships 2018 silver winner Sudaporn Seesondee, who did not see action on the ring since August 2021 before this match.

Tran advanced to the semis where she will face Tokyo Olympics silver finisher, former world champion and SEA Games 2019 gold winner Nesthy Petecio of the Philippines, who whipped up a rousing 5-0 debut against Myanmar’s Kay Thwe Nyein despite moving up from featherweight.

Thailand’s ex-youth world silver medalist Nillada Meekon decimated Su Har Nyo of Myanmar, 5-0, in women’s fly; Nilawan Techasuep trounced Vilayphone Vongphachan of Laos, 5-0, in women’s feather (57kg); and Thailand Open’s Best Boxer awardee Bunjong Sinsiri smothered Tran Duc Tho of Vietnam, 5-0, in men’s welter (69kg).

Also victorious in the third day of competition was Indonesia’s top pug Saroha Tua Lumbantobing who took a lopsided 5-0 win over Vy Sophors for a semifinal berth in men’s welter.

The semifinal matches are scheduled on May 19-20 while the gold medal bouts are on May 21-22.

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