Nguyễn Huy Hoàng practises laborious even through the Lunar New 12 months vacation to arrange for vital tournaments in 2022. AFP/VNA Photograph
Swimmer Nguyễn Huy Hoàng saved coaching over the Lunar New 12 months vacation to make sure he’s in peak situation for the approaching Southeast Asian (SEA) Video games in Hà Nội in Could, and to keep up one of the best probability for a primary gold medal on the Asian Video games in Hangzhou, China.
The SEA Video games and Asian Video games are the 2 greatest tournaments for Vietnamese athletes this 12 months. To hit their greatest kind, all groups had been requested to remain on the nationwide coaching centre and preserve practising even through the Lunar New 12 months vacation, a very powerful celebration in Việt Nam.
For the primary time in his life, Hoàng, probably the most promising swimmer in Việt Nam, couldn’t be part of his household. However he understands such a ‘sacrifice’ is price it to make sure a shiny future and nationwide satisfaction.
“I didn’t return dwelling for the vacation however stayed on the Cần Thơ nationwide coaching centre to practise as the SEA Video games is approaching,” stated Hoàng, who was voted one of the best Việt Nam athlete of 2021.
“It’s my first time celebrating the Lunar New 12 months vacation removed from dwelling. Not just for me however for a lot of different athletes. I must sacrifice private needs for my sport profession. If you take pleasure in one week or 10 holidays your physique will decelerate whereas it must be sped up.
“The SEA Video games are very shut and I can not relaxation. I’ve to work in order that my endurance and stamina are at a superb degree.”
In a 12 months strongly affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, Hoàng suffered from restricted time to practise and virtually no probability of participating in worldwide coaching camps and competitions.
Nevertheless, the 21-year-old nonetheless achieved outstanding data.
Hoàng poses for a photograph throughout his time on the Tokyo Olympics in July 2021. Photograph courtesy of Nguyễn Huy Hoàng
Hoàng was the one Vietnamese swimmer to formally qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Though he didn’t make any closing, he was one of the best Asian competitor within the males’s 800m and 1,500m freestyle occasions.
In a while, he set new nationwide data within the 400m and 1,500m freestyle on the World Swimming Championships within the UAE in December.
“I couldn’t beat my private greatest at Tokyo however I didn’t disappoint as a result of the outcomes had been acceptable as I practised domestically, with no intensive coaching and no competitors take a look at,” stated Hoàng.
“After the Olympics, I used to be despatched to Hungary to sharpen up and improved my scores on the world occasion. I’m proud of these achievements.”
Shining previous, promising future
Born in 2000 in Quảng Bình Province, Hoàng has turn out to be among the best Vietnamese swimmers in historical past.
He proved his expertise on the Malaysian 2017 SEA Video games, unexpectedly successful a gold medal within the 1,500m and setting a nationwide file.
Hoàng reacts after successful the boys’s 1,500m freestyle swimming occasion of the 2019 SEA Video games within the Philippines. AFP/VNA Photograph
On the 2018 Asian Video games (ASIAD) in Indonesia, he grabbed bronze within the 800m freestyle and silver within the 1,500m freestyle. The silver was Việt Nam’s greatest consequence on the Video games.
He continued shining on the 2018 Youth Olympics in Argentina with a gold within the 800m freestyle, clocking in at 7min 50.20sec, which remains to be his private greatest and a nationwide file.
On the final SEA Video games within the Philippines, Hoàng received and set a brand new Video games and nationwide file within the 1,500m freestyle, with a time of 14min 58.14sec, after successful a gold within the 400m freestyle and a silver within the 4x200m freestyle relay.
2020 and 2021 fell beneath the shadow of the pandemic as most sports activities tournaments had been cancelled or postponed. Nonetheless, Hoàng was happy with the Greatest Athlete of 2021 title he obtained in early January.
“I’m joyful as a result of regardless of the pandemic my achievements nonetheless impressed. It was a present for me within the new 12 months. It will push me up and assist me acquire confidence for the approaching tournaments together with the SEA Video games and the ASIAD this 12 months,” he stated.
On the SEA Video games in mid-Could in Hà Nội, Hoàng will compete within the 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyle. He’ll defend his titles within the latter three and compete for the primary time within the first.
Nevertheless, successful on the ASIAD is a unique matter.
“I’ve to maintain my outcomes beneath 14min 50sec within the 1,500m, and 7min 47sec within the 800m to have an opportunity to win gold,” stated Hoàng, who has a powerful probability as his essential rival Solar Yang of China, the defending champion, is not going to compete within the September Video games.
Hoàng set two nationwide data on the earth championship in December 2021 within the UAE. Photograph courtesy of Nguyễn Huy Hoàng
The nationwide file of 14min 41sec on the UAE World Championship was a optimistic sign for Hoàng who will fly to Hungary together with his teammates subsequent week for a two-month coaching course in preparation for the 2 Video games.
“Within the earlier course in Hungary, certified consultants labored on my new method and helped to enhance our power and stamina. We additionally took half in a spread of tournaments. The coaching circumstances had been fairly good. In return, I really feel assured to have higher outcomes for the SEA Video games and ASIAD,” he stated.
“2022 shall be a decisive 12 months for my profession. I must work tougher and tougher to have higher outcomes.” VNS