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(From left to right) Srun Cheangsreng, Soy Ratana, Sok Vandy Ton Sokheang and Chea Vansan (rear) pose with their medals at the end of the 10th World Hapkido-Hankido Championships in South Korea on Sunday. Photo supplied
(From left to right) Srun Cheangsreng, Soy Ratana, Sok Vandy Ton Sokheang and Chea Vansan (rear) pose with their medals at the end of the 10th World Hapkido-Hankido Championships in South Korea on Sunday. Photo supplied

Hapkido haul: Cambodians cause a stir in South Korea

Five Cambodian Hapkido practitioners working in South Korea won 10 medals at the 10th World Hapkido-Hankido Championships that ended on Sunday at the Ji Yongkwan Training Center.

The event attracted participants from 30 countries, and the performance of the Cambodian workers who represented the Khmer Hapkido Federation caused something of a stir.

Soy Ratana and Sok Vandy each won a gold medal in performance and jumping kick events, while Chea Vansan and Ton Sokheang added two silver medals for point fighting.

Vansan also won two bronze medals, while Srun Chheangsreng, Sokheang and Vandy each won a bronze.

Vansan told The Post via Facebook from Korea: “Before the event started, we planned to join with only four registered practitioners, but we had five men join, and we finished with success.

“We have been training under the guidance of a Korean coach, but we represented the Cambodian Federation.”

He added: “We spent a lot of time training and our own money in registering for the event to fight for our country’s image.”

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