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Kingdom’s ‘Billiards Beauty’ continues winning streak

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Srong Pheavy defeated South Korea’s Kim Bum-mi in the final.​ Courtesy Kim Min-young

Srong Pheavy continued to fly the flag of Cambodia high with a stunning victory at the Zanka 1st Asian three-cushion open billiard championships which wrapped up on Monday evening.

Mrs. Pheavy, 28, defeated South Korea’s Kim Bum-mi 30-22 in the final at the Seoul’s Olympic Parktel, in South Korea.

In a post on social media after the event, she lauded the assistance of Cambodia’s nascent Billiards Federation.

“I would like to thank the Cambodian Billiards Federation, reads the post. “[They] have been working hard for me to [be able] to compete for Cambodia in competitions abroad.

And the dream has come true, and I thank my parents, my dear brothers and sisters, and I thank them all very much.”

As winner of the tournament, she received $2,000 with the and the runner-up netting $1,200.

Earlier this month, Mrs. Pheavy dominated competition in her adopted home of South Korea, winning top prize at the 14th Korea Sports Council National Billiards Championships.

In September, in the Turkish city of Izmir, Pheavy was ejected at the semi-final stage of the 2018 Ladies 3-Cushion World Championships going down to legendary former champion Orie Hida of Japan. She was making her international debut for Cambodia at the Izmir tournament and surprised fans with her charge to the semis.

She had been announced as eligible to represent the kingdom in international competition earlier this year after returning to the kingdom to meet with National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC) officials.

The Committee also said The Korean Billiards Federation had accepted the request offering a supply of equipment for the development of billiards in Cambodia, as well as training and guidance for youth development. Also discussed in talks was an MOU for the continuation of cooperative relations between the two nations.

“Cambodia has signed an MOU with the Korean Billiards Federation and has maintained a cooperative relationship, said the NOCC’s Vath Chamroeun. “Since the Cambodian women’s athlete [Sorn Seavmey] won a gold medal in the Incheon Asian Games in 2014, the popularity of Taekwondo in Cambodia was remarkable. I want to create a billiards boom in Cambodia.”

In July, the Snooker and Billiards Federation of Cambodia officially declared its first mandate at the headquarters of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC), with Mrs. Pheavy acting as a guest of honour.

Mrs. Pheavy, speaking at the ceremony, said she was honoured that her achievements were being recognised by her home country.

Having moved to South Korea in 2010 to be with her Korean husband, the ‘Billiards Beauty’ as she has been dubbed by local media outlets, has thrilled fans by winning no less than 20 major honours. Hailing from Kampong Cham, she took up billiards a mere six years ago.

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