Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Seavmey to enter fray, Cambodia bag more medals




Seavmey to enter fray, Cambodia bag more medals

Cambodia’s Casandre Tubbs (centre rear) poses with her taekwondo bronze at the 2017 SEA Games yesterday.
Cambodia’s Casandre Tubbs (second right at rear) poses with her taekwondo bronze at the 2017 SEA Games yesterday.

Seavmey to enter fray, Cambodia bag more medals

Returning to the SEA Games after a gap of four years, Asian Games gold medallist and Rio Olympics qualifier Sorn Seavmey has undergone intense training as her quest for +73kg gold begins on Tuesday. Her taekwondo teammates saw action on Saturday on the opening day of competition at the 2017 Kuala Lumpur edition.

On a day of mixed fortunes, Toun Navut and Sim Rachana picked up a Poomsae mixed pair bronze, but in men’s and women’s individual events, Phal Sovannat and Chhoeung Lyna suffered defeats.

Cambodia won another bronze in taekwondo after Casandre Tubbs made it to the the women’s 57kg semi-finals before losing out to to an opponent from Thailand.

Seavmey’s long-time coach Choi Yong Suk is confident that the Rio disappointment and slight injury concerns are behind her and she is as keen as ever.

Though she lost to a vastly experienced Dutch fighter in Brazil, Seavmey has an impressive Games record that may take her to golden heights in Malysia.

“I am so excited to be here finally. Missing Singapore two years ago makes it look like its a long time since I competed in the Games. I feel like a newcomer,” Seavmey said after checking into the team’s Sunway Putra hotel on Thursday.

Top-seeded Luksika Kumkhum of Thailand won the women’s tennis singles title in the SEA Games after outplaying Clarice Patrimonio of the Philippines 6-0, 6-1 in the final on Saturday.

After the final, Cambodia’s Andrea Ka, who lost a close fought tie against Patrimonio in the semis 6-7, 6-7, collected her bronze medal, the Kingdom’s first in women’s tennis.

Bronze in men’s petanque
There was no cheer in the swimming pool for Cambodia as Hemthon Vitiny and Hemthon Ponloue failed to qualify in their events.

Even as Cambodia celebrated the women’s doubles gold won by Ke Leng and Ouk Sreymom from the boules alley, the men’s petanque triples team of Heng Tha, Nhem Bora, Thong Chhoeun and Ya Chandararith were beaten in the semifinals, giving them only a bronze medal.

After three defeats and one win in the group stage, Cambodia finished the Games basketball campaign with a 94-61 win over Myanmar in a playoff to determine seventh place. In 2013 and 2015 Cambodia finished sixth.

Cambodia’s leading scorer Sopheen Toun compiled another double digit score with 24 points as Pek Mith (22) and Dominic Dar (21) provided excellent support.

Cambodian ice skaters Bunthoeurn Sen and Panha Khiev finished down the order in eighth and ninth on their debuts, but the pair clearly hold the promise of better performances in the future.

Considering the limited time they had for practice and lack of training facilities, the skaters were far from disgraced, though they tailed the field of nine from five countries.

Multiple SEA Games football winners Thailand and Malaysia are set to meet in the final on Tuesday for the much coveted gold medal as they both edged 1-0 wins in tension packed semifinals on Saturday.

A sellout crowd of nearly 60,000 saw Malaysia produce an 87th-minute goal from striker N Thanabalan to beat Indonesia 1-0 at Shah Alam Stadium.

Thailand captain Samhaodi struck deep into stoppage time at the MP Selayang Stadium to down Myanmar in what was a repeat of their famous final clash in the 2015 edition in Singapore, which the Thais conclusively won 3-0.

While Thailand will be seeking their 16h title, Malaysia will be aiming for their seventh when the final kicks off on Tuesday at 7:45pm Cambodian time.

MOST VIEWED

  • Without shoes or a helmet, a young cyclist steals the show

    Pech Theara gripped the curved handlebars of his rusty old bike, planted his bare feet on its pedals and stormed as fast as he could towards the finish line. The odds were against him as the 13-year-old faced off against kids with nicer bikes at

  • Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville expressway on schedule

    The construction of the more than $1.9 billion Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville Expressway has not been delayed despite the Covid-19 pandemic, with more than 26 per cent of the project completed and expected to finish in about two years, according to Ministry of Public Works and Transport secretary of

  • 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

  • Cambodia lauded for fight against Covid-19

    Cambodia has drawn global accolades for its handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, with a new report finding that the Kingdom has controlled the pandemic better than any other country in Asia. Dr Takeshi Kasai, director of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Western Pacific region,