Mr. Chhun Bunthorn Earns First Athletics Gold Medal for Cambodia

Cambodian athlete Chhun Bunthorn this afternoon achieved his goal of winning a gold medal for the nation at the 32nd SEA Games.

Mr. Chhun Bunthorn, the 1st champion in Men’s 800-metre and 1,500-metre races in the first National Games in Cambodia, grabbed the gold medal in Men’s 800-metre running at 01:52:910 minutes, followed by Vietnamese athlete Mr. Duc Phuoc Luong at 01:53:340 minutes and Malaysian athlete Mr. Wan Muhammad Fazri Wan Zahari at 01:53: 860 minutes.

Participating countries in the Athletics (Men’s 800-metre running) are host Cambodia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar Singapore and Indonesia.

In the same afternoon, Cambodian Kun Khmer athletes won a total of 7 gold medals in different matches against their rivals from Laos, Myanmar, the Philippines and Vietnam.

By far, Cambodia has bagged 55 gold medals including 10 in Vovinam, 15 in Kun Bokator, 7 in Kun Khmer, 4 in Chinlone, 3 in Jiu-Jitsu, 2 in Soft Tennis, 2 in E-Sports, 2 in Triathlon, 2 in Pencak Silat, 1 in Billiard, 1 in Ouk Chaktrang (Chess), 1 in Basketball, 1 in Cricket, 1 in Karate, and 1 in Wushu, 1 in Badminton, and 1 in Athletics.

Regional athletes are set to compete in 37 sports with 581 events-304 for men, 229 for women and 48 mixed-at the SEA Games 2023 being hosted from May 5 to 17.

The SEA Games 2023 is welcoming over 12,400 athletes, coaches, and staff from participating ten ASEAN member countries and Timor-Leste.

Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse