Cambodia continued their participation at the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games in Indonesia yesterday, competing in Swimming, Wrestling, and Taekwondo on Day 2 of the regional sporting soectacle.
In Wrestling, traditionally one of Cambodia’s strongest sports, Chey Chan Raksmey was beaten 4-7 in her Women’s Freestyle 53 kg 1/8 by Thailand’s Jantima Virangsa. Meanwhile, in her 57 kg Women’s 1/8 matchup, Srors Dorn was no match for Kazakhstan’s Emma Tissina who handed the Cambodian a 4-0 thrashing. The heaviest defeat of the competition thus far was handed to Dit Samnang in her 50 kg Women’s Freestyle Quarter Final – a 10-0 hiding for the Cambodian displayed in stark terms the gulf in quality.
In the pool, Cambodia’s Lim Keoudom gave a solid performance in his Men’s 50m Backstroke at the GBK Aquatics Center. The youngster was placed in Heat 2 and chalked up a time of 30:68 and finished fifth of eight competitors. However, his time was off the pace of heat winner Qatari Abdulaziz Al Obaidly who registered the winning time.
In Taekwondo, Ny Sovannroth got Cambodia’s partciipation in the men’s event underway in his-58 kg Round of 32 matchup with Sunatov Mahamdjon. However, Sovannroth was unable to compete as his Tajikistani opponent walked away with the win courtesy of a 11-30 win.
This morning, Sorn Seavmey, Cambodia’s 2014 Incheon Asian Games Taekwondo Gold medalist is first up for Cambodia in the Women +67 kg Round of 16 and the nations eyes will be firmly fixed on her progress as the 22-year old seeks the defence of her 2014 crown.
She is due to get her campaign underway at 9:00 am and is up against 23-year old Sri Lankan competitor Ranuri Wickramasinghe. Wickramasinghe, who stands at 1.74 metres tall and weighs in at 72kg has limited international experience and Seavmey will be favourite to go through at the Sri Lankans expense.
Also today, Cambodian-American Casandre Nicole Tubbs meets Vietnam’s Pham Thi Thu Hien in her -57kg round of 32 bout.
Other sports with Cambodian participation today include, Fencing and Swimming.
Meanwhile, Thong Khon, President of Cambodia’s National Olympic Committee reminded athletes to maintain the reputation of the kingdom in the international arena. Speaking at a briefing with delegates in Jakarta yesterday, Mr. Khon urged players to stick to the rules of competition.
“Be sure to keep your honour and do not violate competition rules by using tricks, said Mr. Khon, who is also Cambodia’s Minister of Tourism. Elsewhere, hosts Indonesia registered their first Gold medal of the competition after Taekwondoin Defia Rosmaniar claimed the win in the women’s individual Poomsae.
“Alhamdulillah [praise God], we won the first gold for Indonesia on the first day of taekwondo sports. One of them is because of the support of the President, she said. “This is the first Asian Games for me. So I will keep on motivating myself to be able to reach the best achievement. Please support and pray for me,” Defia said.