Petanque did not disappoint, with Cambodia winning another gold medal in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games courtesy of the sport.
A Cambodian team composed of Sreng Sorakhim, Khoun Yary and Duong Dina beat their counterparts from Malaysia (Senin Nurashimah, Musa Fur Farah Hana and Edie Sufiqriyani) in the Triples Women category to bag the Kingdom’s second gold in the regional sports competition.
Cambodia prevented what could have been a sweep for Malaysia in the Triples competition. Malaysia won the gold in Triples Men after edging Thailand, 13-11, in the finals.
Bokator master Hong Mengly won the first gold medal for Cambodia two days ago.
Petanque was the lone bright spot for Cambodia in the past two days. Except for the petanque gold, the Cambodian SEA Games delegation did not win any medals since Wednesday, while their rivals from the region were stacking up their medal tallies.
The Cambodian team beat the Malaysians 13-4 at the CDC Lot in Clark, Pampanga to the jubilation of its legions of fans back home. Cambodia entered the championship round after a 13-9 win against Laos in the semifinals.
Cambodia has excellent chances to win more medals in petanque. The Cambodian team in Doubles Men will be facing Laos today in the semifinals.
Cambodia has been banking on petanque to pad its medal tally. Cambodia is currently ranked ninth in the standings with 22 medals (two gold, three silver and 17 bronze) to boot.
During the 2017 SEA Games in Malaysia, two of four gold medals won by Cambodia came from petanque.
Cambodia’s good showing in petanque is not surprising considering that it is among the global powerhouses in the sport, which was first introduced to the Kingdom by the French.
Cambodia has been doing well in international petanque competitions. The Kingdom placed third overall among 49 countries in the 17th Women’s and Junior Petanque World Championship. The event, which was held on Nov 18-23, was hosted by Cambodia for the first time.
The Kingdom also did well in the prestigious Trophee L’Equippe 2019 held last month in France and in the 47th World Championship held in Madagascar last 2016.