NAYPYITAW: Vietnam’s Thi Huong Vu is undoubtedly the best woman sprinter at the SEA Games.
She has won the 100m and 200m events three times in the biennial Games – Korat (2007), Vientiane (2009) and now in Naypyitaw.
She did not feature in the Palembang Games in 2011 because of a knee injury.
The 27-year-old Huong Vu said she wants to follow in the footsteps of former Asian sprint queen Lydia de Vega of the Philippines.
Lydia ran away with gold in the 1982 New Delhi Asian Games and retained the gold in the next Asiad in Seoul in 1986. She also won the silver in the 200m.
Huong Vu , who also bagged silver in the 4x100m here, said that Lydia, who is now coaching in Singapore, is her idol.
“I used to watch her run in the Asian Games when I was young. She was an inspiration to me.
“I took up the sprint events as my ambition is to become the fastest sprinter in Asia,” said Huong Vu , who won bronze in the 100m in the 2010 Guangzhou Asiad.
“Although I have won bronze in the Asian Games, I am still not satisfied as my dream is to win the gold medal.
“I have established myself as the best sprinter in South-East Asia. And next year, I will go all out to win the Asian Games blue riband event in Incheon,” said Huong Vu, who participated in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
She featured in the 100m and clocked 11.65 to finish third in the heats.
She did 11.70 in the second round of the heats but failed to make it to the semi-finals.