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ParaGames athletes capture record haul

ParaGames athletes capture record haul

Cambodia’s contingent hit a notable high at the 6th ASEAN ParaGames in the West Java City of Solo, bringing home two golds, seven silver and 12 bronze medals from their 10-day Indonesian mission.

The 21-medal tally is the highest on record for the Kingdom, prompting the Chef de Mission Yi Veasna to declare the Games an outstanding success.

“We won medals in all events except sitting volleyball, in which we were taking part for the first time. Some crucial decisions went against us costing a few more medals but it is part of life”, Yi Veasna told the Post by telephone on Monday.

Leading the gold charge were track specialists Nhork Kim Hor and Thin Seng Hong.

While Nhork Kim Hor landed the men’s 400m gold and anchored the 4x100m relay to a bronze, Thin Seng Hong suffered narrow misses in women’s sprint races to pick up two silvers but asserted herself in the 400m by bagging the gold. The 25-year-old played bridesmaid in both the 100m and 200m, emerging as the athlete with the best result among the 19 participants from Cambodia who took part in this biennial event.

Van Vun put up a stout hearted show in men’s wheelchair events, grabbing silver medals in both the 100m and 200m dashes.

Cambodia’s other silver medalists were Chim Phan (men’s 100m) Kim Vanna (men’s 100m) and Chhoem Tort (men’s 400m freestyle swimming). Chhoem Tort also picked up a bronze in the men’s 100m freestyle and as did Chim Phan in the 400m run.

Kan Kan’s double bronze in the men’s 100m and 400m freestyle highlighted the Kingdom’s proficiency in the pool. Other bronze bounties on the track came from Hun Buthith (men’s 100m and 400m).

Cambodia went medal-less only in sitting volleyball, as the first timers came up short against some of the more established teams to finish fifth among 11 competing nations.

The Games have been running since December 12 and concludes tomorrow.

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