Cambodian athlete Oun Sreya captured a gold medal at the Trophee L`Equipe 2019 Petanque event in France after defeating a Tunisian competitor in the women’s singles final.
In Saturday’s matchup, she made little work of Mouna Beji to claim a first medal of the competition for the Cambodian squad. The Cambodian Federation of Boules and Petanque sent three athletes and one coach to the Trophee L`Equipe 2019 competition.
Ke Leng, Sreng Sarakhim and Oun Sreya were joined by coach Sok Mong at the event. In 2018, the Cambodian team won five medals, three gold and two silver medals.
Petanque, one of Europe’s most popular outdoor games, originated in the south of France in the early 1900s. The aim of the game is to roll a number of hollow steel balls – called boules – as close as possible to a small wooden target ball. Players take turns, and the team that ends up nearest to the target ball when all balls are played is declared the winner.
The kingdom’s petanque stars are consistently in and around the podium at international competitions. Sok Chan Mean brought home a gold medal from the 47th World Championships in Madagascar, while veteran Ke Leng is herself a two-time World Championship winner.
At the last SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur 2017, the women’s petanque doubles team of Ke Leng and Ouk Sreymom defeated Thai-duo Phantipha Wongchuvej and Pataratida Meepak 13-10 to claim gold – two of only four gold medals won by Cambodia at the regional showpiece.
Cambodia will host international athletes for the 17th World Women and Junior Petanque Championships between 18 – 24 November 2019.