Friday, August 3, 2012

As proud as punch

Cambodia's pin-up girl - Hemthon Vitiny
The Olympics are filling every television screen around the world except in Cambodia, so the internet is coming into its own to keep everyone informed as to the magic as it happens and today was just such an event. The pin-up girl of the six-strong Cambodian team competing at the London Olympic Games, Hemthon Vitiny, took to the stage, well the pool actually, in qualifying heat 3 of the 50m freestyle for women. Not only did she power home second in her heat but she knocked a full second off her personal best time, but sadly that didn't make an impression on the Olympic clock, which timed her in 57th place out of 73 competitors. And her thirty seconds of fame were over for another four years. She's still only 18 years old, this is her second Olympics and she can feel proud as punch that she raced faster than she's ever raced in competition before, quite literally swimming the race of her life.

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