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Triumphant wheelchair racers are welcomed home from the ASEAN ParaGames
Triumphant wheelchair racers are welcomed home from the ASEAN ParaGames at Phnom Penh International Airport yesterday. Yeun Ponlork

ParaGames athletes score big in Myanmar

Cambodian athletes returned home yesterday at lunchtime with a handsome haul of 32 medals (4 golds, 11 silvers and 17 bronze) from the 7th ASEAN ParaGames held in the Myanmar capital of Naypyidaw.

The tally signifies an increase of two golds, four silvers and five bronzes from the previous edition.

The Kingdom’s star performer was wheelchair racer Van Vun, who bagged an amazing three gold medals and two silvers from his numerous events on the track of the Wunna Theikdi Stadium.

“Although I am disabled, I still enjoy my life. I am so excited about the medals that I got, which are more than I could ever dream of,” he told the Post.

Swimmer Tek Chhem, meanwhile, secured Cambodia’s remaining gold.

Runners with prosthetic limbs Chhim Phan and Thin Seng Hon also featured on podiums, with Phan taking silver and bronze and Seng Hon unable to repeat his golden effort of two years ago but nevertheless bringing back two sprint silvers.

Other top three finishes included those for relay running teams as well as relay wheelchair racing teams.

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