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Lochte ends Phelps’s reign as swimmer of year

In Vietnam Sports on November 23, 2009 at 10:19 am

Ryan Lochte poses for photos on the red carpet during the 2009 USA Swimming Foundation Golden Goggles Awards on November 22, 2009 at the Beverly Hills Hilton in Beverly Hills, California (AFP photo)

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Ryan Lochte beat out superstar Michael Phelps and veteran Aaron Peirsol for male swimmer of the year Sunday at USA Swimming’s Golden Goggles awards.

Rebecca Soni nabbed female swimmer of the year honors, while Phelps, who earned a leading six nominations, was honored for delivering the men’s race of the year and for a world championship relay performance.

Lochte ended Phelps’ two-year reign as male swimmer of the year, thanks to world record-setting triumphs in the 200m individual medley and 4x200m freestyle relay at the world championships in Rome.

He earned five medals, including four golds in Rome.

“I just want to say thank you to my parents. They’ve been 100 percent with me my entire swimming career,” Lochte said. “Aaron Peirsol and Michael Phelps, you guys have pushed me to limits I didn’t even know, and I wouldn’t be here without you.”

Lochte also shared the relay performance of the year award, for the 4x100m free relay in Rome in which he, Phelps, Matt Grevers and Nathan Adrian defeated Russia as favorites France flopped.

Phelps was honored for his scintillating 100m butterfly triumph in Rome. He smashed the 50-second barrier with a time of 49.82sec and handed Milorad Cavic a bigger defeat than the one the Serbian suffered by a fingertip at the Beijing Olympics.

Soni set a world record and won gold in the 100m breaststroke in Rome.

The award-winners were decided by fans in online voting.

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VN swimmer fails to splash at Beijing Paralympics event

In Uncategorized on September 10, 2008 at 4:55 pm

I’ll be needing a spotter: Weightlifter Le Van Cong (men’s under 48kg) was unable to finish his lift yesterday after three attempts. — VNA/VNS Photo Quoc Khanh

HA NOI — Vietnamese swimmer Nguyen Quang Vuong disappointed fans as he failed to qualify for the men’s 100m breaststroke finals at the National Aquatics Centre yesterday.

Vuong completed his heat in one minute 23.46 seconds, and came in fifth out of seven athletes.

Weightlifter Le Van Cong (men’s under 48kg) was unable to finish his lift yesterday after three attempts; Nigerian Ruel Ishaku placed first in the category with a total lift of 167.5kg.

Nguyen Thi Hai finished 12 out of 14 in the women’s shot-put yesterday.

She tried her best and achieved a 7.6m throw after three attempts.

Wheelchair racer Nguyen Thi Thanh Thao managed 1:08.75 in the women’s 400m, but it was not enough to qualify her for the final race.

Vietnamese athletes continue their competition today with Chau Hoang Tuyet Loan contesting in the women’s 48kg weightlifting, and Dinh Thi Nga will be lifting in the women’s 52kg.

Viet Nam sent nine athletes to compete in athletics, swimming, weightlifting and judo at the Summer Beijing Paralympics.

About 4,000 athletes from 150 nations will be competing in 20 events at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, which will continue until next Wednesday. —