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Sovanns keep it in the family at Kempo meet

Sovanns keep it in the family at Kempo meet

The Sovann family took a dynastic approach to the 2013 National Shorinji Kempo Championships, claiming a haul of seven golds and one bronze from the four-day tournament which concluded on Sunday evening at the Dambol Touk indoor hall of the National Sports Complex.

Eldest sibling Sovann Kiry, who along with credentials as a Kempo coach is also on the national taekwondo team, triumphed in three categories including individual men’s combat fighting at 65kg, individual male kata forms performance, and performance pairs with his partner Un Sovannara.

Sovan Rachana teamed up with her sister Sovan Rathanak to clinch gold in women’s performance pairs. Rathanak also topped the podium in U13 girl’s combat fighting at 53kg and took bronze in individual women’s performance.

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