The mysterious Vietnamese athlete in bombed Boston Marathon

A Vietnamese man took part in the Boston Marathon in the US, in which two bombs ripped through the crowd at the finish line on Monday, killing three people and injuring more than 170 others.

But there is no information about the man’s condition.

candlelightLocal residents attend a candlelight vigil in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts April 16, 2013 where eight-year-old Boston Marathon explosion victim Martin Richard lived

The athlete is Hồ Văn Dũng, as shown in the list of the competitors that Tuổi Trẻ found on the website of the event.

Dũng is 38 years old and was given code number 25957 by the marathon’s organizer.

No other information is known about him.

However, Nguyễn Mạnh Hùng, deputy general secretary of the Việt Nam Athletic Federation, told Người Đựa Tin news website that the federation has not sent any Vietnamese athletes to the Boston Marathon.

RunnersRunners participate in a memorial run in tribute to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing in Toronto, April 16, 2013

Athletes at the marathon have either been invited to attend the event or personally registered for participation, Hùng said.

Therefore, “Dũng might have registered to engage in the event as an individual and such a case has nothing to do with the Federation,” he said.

Phan Huy Dũng, President of the Vietnamese Student and Youth Association in the Greater Boston, yesterday said:

“We are trying to obtain information about whether any Vietnamese students have been injured or otherwise affected by the bombings.”

There are about 1,000 Vietnamese students studying in the Greater Boston area, said Huỳnh Thế Du, who is post-doctoral fellow at Harvard and former president of the association.

The area is home to tens of thousands of Vietnamese people, one of the populous communities of Vietnamese in East Coast of the US.

After the deadly incident, the Boston Athletic Association, which hosted the Boston Marathon, issued a statement in which it extended its deepest sympathies to all those who were affected by the bombings.

memorialA man kneels praying in front of a make shift memorial on Boylston Street a day after two explosions hit the Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts April 16, 2013

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday called the bombings an “act of terror”, and police said parts of central Boston could be closed for days.

It was the worst bombing on US soil since security was tightened after the attacks of September 11, 2001, and President Barack Obama promised to hunt down whoever was responsible for the attack on a day when tens of thousands of spectators packed the streets to watch the world-famous race, Reuters reported.



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