On his competitive debut for Cambodia, French-born Delton Sophana Kim raced to a 6-2,6-3 win over Thant Aung Myo of Myanmar in the men’s singles second round at the Kallang Tennis Centre yesterday.
The soon to be aged-16 Delton Kim, who joined the country’s Davis Cup squad as the youngest member just before the Group III campaign two months ago was not rushed into action in Kuala Lumpur.
He partnered Long Samneang in the dead doubles against the Philippines in the team event a few days ago, but it was his singles bow on the big stage that drew riveted attention.
Playing with a great degree of self assurance, Delton Kim easily got the measure of his Myanmar rival taking out the match in a tad over an hour.
Cambodia had mixed fortunes on the distaff side with French-born Andrea Ka winning her women’s singles match with a degree of comfort at 6-1,6-2 against Wee Khee Yen of Singapore, while her 15-year old team-mate Som Chenda lost a 128-minute battle against Philavong Phonep of Laos. After winning the first set, Som Chenda could not sustain the pressure on her Laotian opponent, who staged a remarkable comeback to complete a 3-6,6-4,6-4 victory.
The Cambodian trio of Peou Pich Meta (96) Seng Vanseiha (86) and Thong Sokhamony (93) could only come up with a poor 275 to trail the field in the Men’s team golf event as Thailand 214 and Singapore 215 set a cracking first round pace at the Sentosa Golf Club.
Cambodian hoopsters were beaten 66-78 by Thailand who led 40-25 at half time in the Group B opener at the OCBC Arena. Cambodia managed to outscore the Thais 22-20 in the fourth quarter but were faced with too big a deficit to make up.
Cambodian Swimmers Pou Sovijja (58.46) and Lim Odam (1:04.29) took the last two places in the Men’s 100M butterfly heats, well behind the winner Joseph Schooling of Singapore.
In the women’s 100M backstroke heats, Seng Samphors was way behind the field clocking 1:18.43, nearly 13 second slower than the winner Yu Roxanne Ashley of the Philippines
On the track, sprinter Nget Phearath achieved his personal best timing of 10.87 seconds in the round one Heat 2 won by Indonesia’s Boby Yaspi in 10.48.
In the men’s 5,000M, Ma Viro (16:18.80) and Phan Sopheak (16:44.38) finished in the bottom half of the field.
At the Marina Channel where the Canoeing events are being held, Horl Lida ended up last in the men’s C-1 200M final while Ron Pherou was beaten out of sight in the men’s K1-200M final.