Ma Viro’s dominance in local racing competitions showed no sign of ending, with the Cambodian running legend winning comfortably the main event for the 6th Thansur Sokha Half Marathon and Bike Race.
During the competition held from October 26 and 27 at Bokor Mountain, Viro dominated the 21-kilometer half marathon that included participants from various countries, including Cambodia, Japan, France, United States (US), United Kingdom (UK), and the Philippines.
Viro completed the 21-km course in 1 hour, 25 minutes, and 30 seconds. The second place went to Yogo of Japan (1:30: 23), third spot was won by Khlang Bai Vannara of Cambodia (1:34:06), Bowden of US (1:46:49), and Amy Cox of UK (1:56:27).
Viro has repeatedly won in various racing competitions in the past, including the Sihanoukville International Half Marathon, Phnom Penh International Half Marathon, Thansur Bokor Half Marathon & Bike Race, and Khmer Empire Marathon.
In the 10-km category, the top spot was won by Vann Pheara of Cambodia (39:20), second place went to Mathieu Verge of France (43:21), third is Chan Seng Hak of Cambodia (44:21), fourth is Eng Nguy Him of Cambodia (51:35), fifth place was grabbed by Aliv Varin of France (1:01:15), and sixth place is Amanda Izard of the US (1:01:49).
A Filipino, Ray Ann, bagged the top spot in the 5-km race after finishing it in 20 minutes and 2 seconds. Second place went to Ngoy Hur Seang of Cambodia (20:03), third is Dor Rosann of Cambodia (21:36), fourth is Rachel Moguito of the US (27:02), and fifth is La Sok Ny of Cambodia (43:45).
In the 3-km race, it was the turn of Cambodia’s Thai Sokun to shine after he won first place with a time of 4 minutes and 41 seconds, followed by Ngor Pengty of Cambodia at second (4:55), and third is Cambodia’s Nhem Thai (5:09).
The winners received trophies, medals, and other prizes from the event organizers.
Some 1,602 local and foreign runners joined in the two-day competition which was held to raise funds for the Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospital.