Vietnamese swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien secured a bronze medal and broke a personal record in the women’s 200m medley Tuesday at the FINA World Cup in Moscow.
In the finals, the 19-year-old swimmer from Can Tho city came up against tough competition from two Hungarian swimmers, Katinka Hosszu and Zsuzsanna Jakobos.
Hosszu finished first in 2:10:68, followed by Jakobos in 2:12:15.
Vien finished close behind Jakobos in 2:12:33.
She broke her personal record of 2:12:66 she achieved at the 2014 Asian Games.
Vien is the first Vietnamese to stand on the podium at a swimming World Cup.
Her coach Tran Anh Tuan said Vien had focused on the 200m medley and 400m medley before the event.
“We are very happy and proud.”
The Swimming World Cup is actually a series of two-day meets organized between August and November each year at seven or eight locations in the Middle East, Europe and Asia, and carried a total prize money of US$2 million.
This year it has eight events, with the remaining to take place in Paris, Hongkong, Beijing, Singapore, Tokyo, Doha, and Dubai.