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Le Van Cong wins first-ever Paralympic gold medal

Friday, September 09, 2016

(National Times) - Disabled weightlifter Le Van Cong made history for Vietnam when he crowned the men's 49kg event at the 2016 Rio Paralympics in Brazil.

Le Van Cong received the gold medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympics

Cong became the first-ever Vietnamese athlete to snatch a Paralympic gold medal as he completed the competition with a new world record of 183kg.

He left the silver medalist way behind, as Jordan’s Omar Qarada finished second with only 177kg. The bronze medal went to Hungarian Nandor Tunkel, who lifted 155kg. The Vietnamese lifted for the occasion with a successful 181kg effort to propel himself back into the lead and regain the Paralympic record.

After 5 seasons in Paralympics, Viet Nam’s athletes got the high achievement.

The Viet Nam’s dream was true.

The Paralympic Games runs from September 7 to 18.

Born with contracted legs, Cong grew up in a poor family of five siblings in Ha Tinh Province in 1984. He left home at the age of 19 to take part in a vocational school for people with disabilities in HCM City. It was the time that he practised powerlifting, just to become healthier.  Le Van Cong, a Vietnamese powerlifter, strive to win a gold medal at Rio Paralympic Games to fulfil his title collection and make his life perfect.


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