Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Vong and Chantha claim second games’ gold medal for Kingdom



Vong and Chantha claim second games’ gold medal for Kingdom

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Cambodian Petanque competitors Sing Vong (left) and Vong Chantha won gold after beating the Vietnamese team in the mixed double final on Tuesday. CAMSOC

Vong and Chantha claim second games’ gold medal for Kingdom

Petanque duo Sin Vong and Vong Chantha set a new record for themselves after the two teamed up to win gold in the mixed doubles at the ongoing SEA Games in Vietnam on May 17.

The gold – their first at the SEA Games – came after Vong and Chantha defeated hosts Vietnam 13-4 in the final. Earlier in the afternoon, they had defeated Malaysia 13-8 in the semi-finals to secure their shot at gold.

Although the two Vietnamese players easily thrashed hot favourites Thailand in the semi-finals, Vong and Chantha announced their intention to return to Cambodia with gold ahead of the final, noting that they had been concerned about facing the Thais – who they lost to 13-9 in the qualifying round – but felt confident about facing the Vietnamese pair.

Chantha, speaking after her gold-medal winning performance, said: “I am so very happy to win a medal for my country! We trained very very hard with our coach in Cambodia and played to each other’s strengths. My partner Sin Vong is very good at hitting the boules during the crucial moments and I focus on throwing and rolling my boules slowly closer to the jack.”

“When we saw that Vietnam had beaten Thailand in their semi, we knew we were in a position to secure gold for Cambodia. We already beat them once [in the qualifying round], so we knew we had the measure of them,” Chantha added.

“I am very pleased and excited to have been able to win gold for the nation. I was happy when we found out we would meet Vietnam in the final. I said to my partner before the match that as long as we play as well as we did in our last game, we will take the win,” added Vong.

The new petanque gold took the Cambodian team’s medal tally to 15. The first gold was won by kickboxer Touch Rachhan, better known as Beut Sangkheum, and as of the evening of May 17, the Kingdom’s athletes have also collected four silver and nine bronze medals.

MOST VIEWED

  • ‘Education’ a priority traffic-law penalty

    A top National Police official on June 21 neither rejected nor confirmed the authenticity of a leaked audio message, which has gone viral on social media, on a waiver of fines for a number of road traffic-related offences. General Him Yan, deputy National Police chief in

  • Pursat Ford assembly plant opens

    The Kingdom’s first Ford assembly plant was inaugurated on June 16 in Pursat province amid rising demand for brand-new vehicles among Cambodians. The facility is seen as a game changer for the domestic automobile industry, which could bring a wave of investors seeking to cash

  • Volunteer scheme to foster ‘virtuous’ humanitarian spirit

    A senior education official said volunteer work contributes to solidarity and promotes a virtuous humanitarian spirit among the youth and communities. Serei Chumneas, undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, made the comment during the opening of a training programme called “

  • Siem Reap’s $18M zoo said to educate public, help wildlife

    Angkor Wildlife and Aquarium Co Ltd has invested $18 million in a zoo in Siem Reap province, which will be opened in October to educate and promote animal conservation as well as attract national and international tourists. Currently, the Angkor Wildlife and Aquarium is building the

  • $50B infrastructure plan en route

    The government’s upcoming $50 billion,10-year infrastructure master plan will provide tremendous investment opportunities for domestic and foreign entities, transport experts and economists say. Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol revealed the plan to Japanese ambassador to Cambodia Masahiro Mikami on June 15. At

  • Chinese firms unveil preliminary results on metro, monorail for capital

    Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol and representatives from China Road and Bridge Corp (CRBC) and its parent company, the state-owned China Communications Construction Co Ltd (CCCC), met on June 24 for talks on results of the firms’ preliminary study on a potential metro