Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Cambodia triple up in taekwondo

Cambodia triple up in taekwondo

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.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all