Thach Kim Tuan

Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Nguyen Quynh, son Thach Tuan Kiet
Residence
Ho Chi Minh City, VIE
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Vietnamese
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began weightlifting in 2006.
Why this sport?
"A friend in my neighbourhood asked me if I wanted to take up weightlifting. I said, 'sure, let's try it out'. A week later, coach [Huynh Huu Chi] came to our house and accepted us [him and his brother] in. At first coach only let me practise with a stick, ensuring I got the right positions, flexibility and could hold the tension in those positions. Only after I was consistent in positions, then I got to work with the barbell."
Name of coach
Huynh Huu Chi [national], VIE
General Interest
Injuries
In June 2018 he struggled with fever and shoulder pain. (thethaoplus.vn, 23 Jul 2018)

In May 2015 he suffered knee ligament damage and a spinal injury, which hampered his performances at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He returned to competition in August 2017 at the South East Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (vnexpress.net, 11 Dec 2015; webthethao.vn, 07 Aug 2016; thethao.thanhnien.vn, 28 Aug 2017)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2015 Athlete of the Year in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. (nhandan.com.vn, 02 Jan 2016)

He received the International Weightlifting Federation [IWF] Media Trophy at the 2014 World Junior Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation. (IWF, 08 Aug 2014; vietnambreakingnews.com, 01 Aug 2014)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2019 South East Asian Games in the Philippines and 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (thethaohcm.vn, 02 Feb 2019)
Other information
WEIGHT CLASS CHANGE
He used to compete in the 56kg weight category but then switched to 61kg in October 2018 due to the newly approved weight categories by the International Weightlifting Federation [IWF]. "It [2018] marked a new turning point in my career, which was to move from 56kg to 61kg. The first time I competed in the new weight category was at the 2018 World Championships in Turkmenistan but only ranked fifth. For years in the 56kg class I only competed with China's Long Qingquan and North Korea's Om Yun-chol, but when I was promoted to 61kg, I had to face four or five more strong opponents. But for me, the biggest opponent is myself, if I can beat myself, I'm not afraid of any opponent." (thethaohcm.vn, 02 Feb 2019)

LIKE A FATHER
He believes his coach Huynh Huu Chi had a huge influence on his life and career. "For me, Chi is both a teacher and my second father. Without him as a teacher, I would not have been where I am now." (baomi.com, 14 Feb 2018)

TOUGH UPBRINGING
His mother died in a traffic accident when he was age three, so his oldest sister had to raise him and his three other siblings. He quit school at grade six to pursue weightlifting and use it as a way to provide for his family. (allthingsgym.com, 17 Dec 2014)

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