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Seavmey targets Tokyo 2020 qualifiers

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Sorn Seavmey won Cambodia’s first Asian Games gold medal. KT / Yeun Punlue

Cambodia’s female Taekwondo star Sorn Seavmey has announced that she is ready to compete in the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan next year.

As reported by the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia, Seavmey said the Olympic qualifiers were likely to take place during October and while she does not yet know details she would be ready to compete.

Seavmey won Cambodia’s first Asian Games gold medal in any discipline at the regional competition placing first in the middleweight division at the 2014 Games in Incheon, South Korea.

She also has the distinction of being a multiple SEA Games medallist and claimed victory in the middleweight category at the 2016 Asian Olympic Qualification Tournament in Manila, Philippines netting her ticket to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

At Rio Olympic Games in Brazil in 2016, Seavmey’s bid for an Olympic medal came to a premature end she was thoroughly outclassed losing 1-7 to her Dutch counterpart Reshmie Oogink in Rio’s Carioca Arena.

Seavmey, the Kingdom’s flag bearer at the opening ceremony in Rio, was marked out as Cambodia’s best chance of a medal. However, the weight of expectation and the gulf in superiority of her rival led to the 24-year old failing to make any significant impact in her brief showing in Rio.

Seavmey has been training overseas, especially in South Korea although her training suffered after she was struck down by a recent bout of dengue fever. In addition, she has long struggled with a niggling knee injury and while she admitted that things were not quite the same, she wouldn’t let it interfere with the competition.

In December, in addition to qualifying for the 2020 Olympics, Seavmey is set to represent Cambodia at the 2019 Manila SEA Games.

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