Saturday, April 9, 2011

Davin grabs glory

Sorn Davin proudly lifts the Cambodian flag after her success today
Sorn Davin is one of Cambodia's most prominent female sportswomen. The 19 year old six-footer won a bronze medal at the last SEA Games in Laos and was victorious again today in the 10th Asean Taekwondo championships being held at the Olympic Stadium. I was at the stadium to watch the footy matches taking place and could hear the activity in the indoor basketball court but couldn't catch any of it until the football finished. Fortunately I was able to see Davin grab the glory in the middleweight category, cheered on by the proud Cambodian team contingent, even though both Davin and her Vietnamese opponent were barely able to stand, let alone kick, as the final took its toll. She's perhaps the country's brightest hope for a good showing in the 2012 London Olympics and is clearly one of Cambodia's elite women's sporting stars alongside her fellow taekwondo colleagues Sam Sophea and Chhoeung Puthearim, swimmer Hemthon Vitiny and petanque's Duch Sophorn and Ouk Sreymom. I couldn't stay for the national anthem and lifting of the flag but I know the Cambodian team and their supporters would've raised the roof at the stadium. For the record, Cambodia won 4 golds (Davin's female compatriot, Chhoeung Puthearim also claimed gold earlier that afternoon), 11 silvers and 26 bronzes in the 3-day tournament.

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