Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Cycling sisters take home gold and silver from Asian Championships




Cycling sisters take home gold and silver from Asian Championships

Heng Sivlang (right) and sister Sivguek pose with their medals at Phnom Penh airport on Monday night. Chhorn Norn
Heng Sivlang (right) and her sister Sivguek pose with their medals at Phnom Penh airport on Monday night. Chhorn Norn

Cycling sisters take home gold and silver from Asian Championships

Sibling rivalry was seen at its glorious best as Cambodia’s fastest female cyclists Heng Sivlang and her older sister Heng Sivguek took gold and silver medals respectively at the Asian Cycling Championships in Myanmar, which involved 24 countries and concluded on Monday.

Competing in the 22km Individual Time Trial in the women’s master event for the over-35 category, the Kingdom’s SEA Games squad members finished one-two, with the 37-year-old mother of four Sivlang taking the top honours ahead of Sivguek.

Sivlang, whose burning passion is to encourage more women to get into cycling, sped away at 35.40 km/h to Sivguek’s 32.64.

Though she could ride a bike since she was 10 years old, Sivlang’s first cycling race came in her early thirties, at Phnom Basset in 2011 – and she ended up winning it.

Since then she has pedalled her way to bigger challenges.

The cyclists’ accomplishment were hailed by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport and the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia.

The director of sports at the Ministry, Ouk Sothecheat, headed the official reception for the medal winners and the cycling team on their arrival at Phnom Penh airport late on Monday night.

Cambodian team manager and coach Pierre-Yves Catry told The Post yesterday that the performances of the two cyclists would help promote the sport among women.

“It was a bit unexpected but they did very well in a competition like the Asian Championships, which offer a chance to compete in various age categories,” Catry said.

“To have started competitive cycling so late in their careers and then to have reached this level should come as great inspiration for the younger generation.”

MOST VIEWED

  • Seven positive for Covid-19, Hun Sen confirms local transmission

    Prime Minister Hun Sen announced that there has been local community transmission of Covid-19. However, he urged the people not to panic even though the Ministry of Health announced the discovery of seven new cases on Sunday. Among the victims are Chhem Savuth, the director-general

  • Cambodia at ‘most critical moment’, Hun Sen warns

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said the first community transmission of Covid-19 in Cambodia has led the country to the “most critical moment” that warranted urgent, large-scale operations to contain the pandemic. Hun Sen, who confirmed the first local transmission on November 28, said the source of

  • PM confirms community transmission, calls for unity

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has called on the public to stay calm, unite and follow the Ministry of Health guidelines after the wife of a senior official tested positive for Covid-19 in the Kingdom’s first case of community transmission. The case has drawn criticism

  • Over 110 garment factories close

    A government official said on November 22 that at least 110 garment factories had closed in the first nine months of the year and left more than 55,000 workers without jobs – but union leaders worry those numbers could be much higher. Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training undersecretary

  • Singapore group seeks $14M in damages from PPSP over ‘breach of contract’

    Singapore-based Asiatic Group (Holdings) Ltd is seeking a minimum of $14.4 million relief from Cambodia Securities Exchange (CSX)-listed Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone Plc (PPSP) for allegedly breaching a power plant joint venture (JV) agreement. Asiatic Group’s wholly-owned Colben System Pte Ltd and 95 per

  • PM vows to protect Hun family

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has vowed to continue his fight against opposition politicians who he said intend to smash the Hun family. Without naming the politicians but apparently referring to former leaders of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), Hun Sen said there