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Thay Bunhean (right) kicks Chhin Khwan Ngoy during their 63.5kg fight at the Sea Festival
Thay Bunhean (right) kicks Chhin Khwan Ngoy during their 63.5kg fight at the Sea Festival in Kep. Yeun Ponlok

Kep caps off Sea Festival

The coastal resort town of Kep completed a successful hosting of the 2nd Sea Festival over the weekend with numerous sports competitions being held on and off the shore.

In the 5km running race on Saturday, Pov Hok triumphed in the men’s division with a time of 18 minutes, 22.11 seconds, while Heng Mengju finished first in the women’s section in 21:48.

Meanwhile, a 3km run for both men and women was won by Sok Bongra.

Open water swimming events were also held on Saturday, with Olympians Hem Thon Ponleu and Hem Thon Vithiny claiming victories in the 5km men’s and women’s competitions respectively. Ponleu clocked 46:28:99 while his niece Vithiny was out in 53:14:27.

The 3km swim crowned Sok Panha as male champion and Sok Sreylak as female winner.

The highly anticipated jetski race saw a man only known as Vitu speed to first place in the big machines category, ahead of Bun Long in second and Oub Chunly in third.

The small machines class had Oun Toch as its victor, with Mao Nak and Chea Sophon filling out the podium.

Friday’s Cambodian kickboxing bouts produced some riveting action for the thronging crowds.

Youth Victory Club’s Chao Rous claimed a decision win over Battambang’s Chay Rotha at 48kg. Dragon Victory Club’s Thon Veasna beat Anti-Drugs Club’s Reach Sey via points at 54kg, while Jin Makara of Ministry of National Defence Club also went the distance but edged his 57kg contest with Chan Sinath of Niroch Club.

Phon Sophon, 65kg, knocked out Phan Sovan in the first round and Thay Bunhean stopped Chhin Khwan Ngoy in the third round of their 63.5kg match-up.

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