The Cambodian delegation returned home on Friday from the International Taekwondo Federation’s 7th Asian Championships held in the Nepalese capital of Katmandu with a medals haul of one silver and three bronzes.
Phal Chivoan, who has won silvers at the World Taekwondo Championships in 2003 in Greece and 2007 in Slovenia as well as the fifth Asian Championships in 2006 in Kazakhstan, added yet another silver to his awards cabinet in the men’s 64kg self-defense performance section.
He also took a bronze in the special performance category. Cambodian teammate Hor Vichet won bronze in men’s 60kg combat after defeating Chinese and Taiwanese opponents before coming a cropper against a North Korea rival.
Chea Chanla, in the men’s 85kg class, was stunned by a Kazakhstani in the semi-finals to grant him a bronze. Fellow Cambodians Neang Seiha (men’s 57kg) and Try Valak (men’s 71kg) fell short of podium places.
“I’m pleased with what we’ve done and really appreciate it. Cambodia would have won more medals if there have been more athletes sent to the Games,” Phal Chivoan told reporters at Phnom Penh International Airport on his return.