HEM Thon, executive member of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia and general secretary of the Cambodian Amateur Swimming Federation (KASF) has announced that six national swimmers will be sent to the 25th SEA Games in Laos in December. Hem Thon Ponleu, Sao Sethroath and Yuri Chamroeun will compete in the males division while Hem Thon Vitiny, Seng Samphors and Yin Davin make up the female contingent.
Ponleu is the youngest son of Hem Thon and has won many medals from previous national championships. At the 2009 national championships, he took gold in nearly all the categories. Sao Sethroath came first in the 100 metres backstroke, and second over 200 metres. Yuri Chamroeun is currently in an U15s tournament in Indonesia, where his father is an official at the Cambodian embassy.
Vitiny is Hem Thon’s granddaughter. At the 2007 SEA Games in Thailand, she made the last eight, setting a new precident for Cambodia. At the 2009 national championships, she won first place in 100 metres breaststroke while Seng Samphors triumphed in the 200 metres backstroke. Yin Davin finished second in 200 metres breast stroke.
According to Hem Thon, KASF will present the six swimmers to the media during a press conference Tuesday. Before departing to Laos for the SEA Games, they will participate in the last of the domestic competitions this calendar year at the Olympic Stadium complex swimming pool from November 25-27.