The Cambodian national petanque team will return home today as the toast of the town after seizing a glittering haul of four golds and one silver medal from the 18th Asian Petanque Championship in Vientiane, which concluded on Saturday
It was a dominant display from the Kingdom’s boules masters, who triumphed in four of the six categories competed for by players from 12 different nations. Thailand and hosts Laos took one each of the other titles.
According to a post from the Facebook account of team member Dy Sopanha, Cambodia won gold medals in the women’s team, youth team, women’s shooting and youth team shooting events as well as a silver medal in men’s shooting.
Veteran Ke Leng, who recorded three successive victories in the women’s shooting competition between 2010 and 2012, was back to her best in Vientiane over the weekend, beating a Malaysian opponent in the final.
She then joined her team-mates Un Sreya, Uk Sreymom and Um Chantrea to grab gold in women’s team – again Malaysia were the runners-up from the final.
Moung Maneth beat a Thai rival in the final of the U17 shooting division before partnering with Chea Hengleng, Kum Veasna, and Sem Menglay to top the podium in the youth team section.
Meanwhile, Sok Chanmean fell to a Laotian in the final of the men’s shooting to collect the silver. Reigning champion Dy Sopanho of Cambodia had crashed out in the qualifiers.