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Riblet rips up Mekong crossing in swim event

The 18th edition of the Mekong River Swim went off without a hitch on Sunday, with Frenchman Xavier Riblet producing another commanding performance to set the day’s fastest time of 7 minutes 50 seconds.

While Riblet, who has won almost every event since its inception, took top honours in the over-18 male section, Becks Green swam the roughly 700-metre crossing in 10:26 to head the over-18 female class.

David Suh’s time of 10:48 saw him triumph in the junior males (10-17 years old), while Mai Hastings touched home in 13:27 for gold in the junior females.

The iCAN team of Cameron Shapiro – who was the best local junior swimmer with 11:50 – Eli Shapiro (12:00), Les Kosem (12:42) and Vuthy Hastings (12:58) were the fastest foursome.

Narak Kun (10:58) lead the local timings, 11-year-old Samnang (14:45) from Liger Learning Centre was the youngest to complete the course and 72-year-old Joseph Brennan (16:03) of the US was the oldest.

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