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Ven Ratha beaten by Thailand rival in final

Thailand's Masuk Wuttisai ended Cambodia’s hopes of a gold medal from the ring by beating Ven Ratha on points in the men’s light welter weight (64kg) final at the Expo Hall 1 yesterday.

The three judges marked 29, 30 and 30 on their score-sheets for the winner while awarding Ratha 28, 27 and 27 in a fight where the Thai boxer proved consistently good.

Ratha’s silver medal boosted the tally to four even as Petanque added another bronze medal in the mixed doubles.

Cambodia’s total of eight medals so far made up of one gold, four silver and three bronze medals placed the Kingdom in eight place on the table ahead of Laos, Brunei and Timor Leste. Hosts Singapore are the runaway leaders with 174 medals, 60 of them gold, 51 Silver and 63 bronze medals ahead of Vietnam (48-22-44) and Thailand (45-53-41).

Davis Cup spearhead Bun Kenny won a long winding three setter against Rasavady Vitaya of Laos 7-6, 5-7,6-1 in the men’s singles second round to keep Tennis medal hopes alive.

The tense battle was spread over 168 minutes with the first set consuming 80 of those. After allowing his rival to get back into the match in the second set, Kenny pulled up his socks in the third, closing out the match in style for the loss of just one game.

The 25-year old Kenny, who has an impressive 11-2 win-loss record in the four years of Davis Cup play, faces circuit-hardened Thai proWachiramanwong Kittipong in today’s quarterfinals.

Also in sight of a medal is young Delton Sophana Kim, who takes on in the last eight another Thai contender in Sornbutnark Warit.

In the mixed doubles, however, Cambodia suffered defeats. Bun Kenny partnering Andrea Ka took the first set but were outshone in the next two by the Malaysian pair of Yusri and Merzuki 2-6,7-6,10-8. Indonesia’s Damayanti and Sasangko out played Phalkun Mam and Som Chenda 6-3,6-1

After their defeat by Thailand, Cambodian hoopsters bounced back with a 103-54 win over Myanmar in a Group B encounter.

Cambodian spikers began their campaign with a 25-19, 25-23,25-16 win over hosts Singapore.

At the Sentosa Golf Club it was another disappointing day for the Cambodian stock with the Cambodian Trio of Peou Pich Meta, Seng Vanseiha and Thong Sokamony carding a oweful 262 in the second round of the men’s competition following their first round 275.

In the women’s first round, Chan Lina shot 22 over par 94 to trail the field as Koh Sock Hwee of Singapore led the pack with a three under 69.

In the pool, Hemthon Vittiny was the last of six in the women’s 50m breastroke heat with a timing of 38.88s.

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