Vietnam wrestling missed out on securing Olympic 2024 berths

Vietnamese wrestling missed out on securing Olympic berths following crucial defeats in the quarterfinals of the 2024 Asian Olympic qualifiers.

Nguyen Thi Xuan, competing in the 50kg category, faced a tough match against Uzbekistan’s Aktenge Keunimjaeva. Despite scoring early, Nguyen was unable to maintain her lead and eventually succumbed to a 1-3 loss. Similarly, in the 53kg category, Nguyen Thi My Trang showed promise against Kazakhstan’s Zhuldyz Eshimova, leading initially with a scoring move. However, she ultimately lost narrowly with a final score of 1-2.

Both Vietnamese athletes displayed early potential in their respective matches by scoring first but struggled to sustain their performance against their more experienced opponents. This inability to hold onto early advantages led to their exit from the tournament without securing an Olympic spot.

These results reflect the broader challenges faced by Vietnamese wrestling at this level, highlighting the need for further development and support to compete effectively on the international stage. As the Olympic dream fades for these athletes in this cycle, the focus will inevitably shift towards training and preparation for future competitions, with hopes of better outcomes in subsequent international events.

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