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National Games MoI ahead of capital in gold rush

National Games MoI ahead of capital in gold rush

Siem Reap recorded two big wins in the men’s section to be well within reach of basketball honours in the ongoing 2nd National Games, as Ministry of Interior (MoI) stretched their gold medal lead to six at the top of the table over rivals Phnom Penh.

At the Olympic Stadium’s National Training Center, Siem Reap blew away Tbong Khmum 118-67 after hammering Svay Rieng 87-19. In other matches, Ministry of Economics and Finance proved too good for Kampong Chhnang 57-31, while Kampong Speu edged Phnom Penh 51-49.

The Siem Reap women thrashed Kampong Chhnang 82-22, as Tbong Khmum beat Takeo 63-28 and Ministry of Finance downed Svay Rieng 61-28.

With more than 100 gold medals still on offer over the next few days, MoI and Phnom Penh have pulled away in the medal standings, leaving Ministry of National Defense a distant third.

At of Wednesday night’s medal count, MoI had six golds more than Phnom Penh, though only one medal split the two in the overall count – with MoI on 62 to the capital’s 61.

Kandal (6-7-26) sit in fourth, with Stung Treng (6-3-9) fifth.

Four provinces, Siem Reap, Banteay Meanchey, Pursat and Kep are still in search of their first golds, while Pailin, Ratanakkiri, Mondulkiri and Kratie are yet to break their medal ducks.

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