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Cambodia triple up in taekwondo

Luong Minh Dat of Vietnam (left) fights with Marlon Avenido of the Philippines in the 80kg category of the men’s taekwondo final Thursday. AFP

CAMBODIA added two silvers and a bronze to its medals tally Thursday, with successes in the taekwondo competition at the Booyung Gymnasium of Vientiane’s National University. Cambodian top fighter Sorn Elit made the final of the men’s heavyweight (over 87kg) class, but lost out to Alexander Briones of the Philippines. The 22-year-old Sorn Elit went one better than his bronze medal in the same division at the 2007 SEA Games, but came up against the 25-year-old Filipino who is the reigning ASEAN Taekwondo Federation champion.

Sorn Elit wasn’t the only member of his family to find glory Thursday, with 17-year-old younger sister Sorn Davin taking bronze in the women’s middleweight (67-73kg) class. She was beaten in the semifinals by eventual champion Che Chen Chan of Malaysia, who beat Vietnam’s Ha Thi Nguyen in the final.

Meanwhile, So Naro grabbed a second silver for the Kingdom in the men’s middleweight (80-87kg) division, losing to Vietnam’s Nguyen Trong Cuon in their final. The 25-year-old Cambodian also improved on his previous best result of a bronze from the 2007 Asian Championships in Vietnam.



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