Cambodia increased their Kuala Lumpur SEA Games medal tally to five, but Petanque stars Sok Chan Mean and Un Srey Ya both capitulated in their semi-finals in the Malaysian capital last night.
Things had started brightly in the qualifying round on Monday when Sok Chan, among Cambodia’s best bets for a gold medal, comfortably dismantled Singapore’s Cheng Zhi Ming 13- 4.
However, in yesterday’s semi-finals, Sok Chan looked far from his 2016 World Championship winning self when he was shaded by defending champion Malaysian Muhammad Hafizuddin Bin Mat Daud 13-10.
Muhammad went on to retain his crown against Kiatkong Tanong of Thailand 13-7 in the final.
In the women’s singles competition, Un Srey Ya beat Laos’ Xayaseng Khamlek 13-9 to advance before falling in the semi-finals to the eventual gold medallist, Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Thi (5-13).
Meanwhile, Cambodia’s volleyball team continued to suffer disappointment, losing their second group match 3-0 to their Thai rivals yesterday afternoon.
After losing to hosts Malaysia 3-0 in the Group A opener, Cambodia went down 25-14 in the first set before falling 25-19 in the second set and 25-17 in the third.
Now out of contention for qualification, the team will face Myanmar in their final match on Friday.
Cambodia’s basketball players notched up their first win of the campaign, a 93-58 win over Laos in game three.
Malaysia continue to head the standings with 77 medals – 34 gold, 26 silver and 17 bronze. They are 24 clear of second-placed Singapore, with Vietnam third. Cambodia sit 10th of the 11 nations, Laos edging ahead by virtue of a silver medal.