Khun Dhima and Meun Sophea will compete for muay gold medals today after securing their berths in the final of their respective weight classes.
In his contest yesterday, Dhima delivered a pinpoint front kick, followed by a devastating punch to send Filipino Ryan Jafiri crashing to the canvas with little more than a minute remaining of their 60-63.5 kilogramme clash.
In the 67-71kg category yesterday evening, Meun Sophea scored a decision over home favourite Muhammad Samsi.
Vann Voeurn was Cambodia’s earlier casualty after hurtling out in the 51-54kg category to Malaysia’s Mohd Ali. Lao Chetra also fell to Malaysian Ain Bin Kamruddin.
Dhima will now face Preedasak Chonlawit of Thailand in the final, while Sophea has a date with Khatthamarasri Anueng, also from Thailand. The Thais – natural favourites – have a competitor in each of the finals in the five weight categories.
Earlier in the day, Cambodia claimed their first silver of the Games in the mixed doubles petanque after Sao Sophearann and Duong Dina fell at the final hurdle to the Thai duo of Sriboonpeng Sarawut and Suwannaphruk Aumpawan.
Meanwhile, the Cambodian taekwondo quartet of Va Mithona, Pan Khemra, Unvin Socharangsey and Sorn Seavmey will take to the mats of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre late today.
Seavmey, Cambodia’s Asian Games Gold medallist, meets Nurul Nur Hafiza of Malaysia in her women’s semi-final in the under-73kg round in the afternoon. Seavmey – who won gold at the 2013 Myanmar Games – missed out in 2015 due to Rio Olympic Games commitments and is eager to continue collecting silverware.
As of yesterday, Cambodia have 12 medals – one gold, one silver and 10 bronze. Malaysia lead with 246, of which 106 are gold – much to the chagrin of second-placed Thailand.