Taekwondo Star Takes Silver in Philippines

Taekwondo star Sorn Seavmey made history for the second time in three days by winning a silver medal at the Asian Taekwondo Championships in the Philippines on Monday night.

After winning gold at the Asian Taekwondo Olympic Qualification Tournament on Saturday—becoming the first Cambodian athlete to automatically quality for the Olympics—Ms. Seavmey lost in the finals of the under-73-kg category at the biannual event in Pasay on Monday.

Details about the match were unavailable last night, and Vath Chamroeun, secretary-general of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia, said he did not know who had defeated Ms. Seavmey.

“I don’t know the name, but [Ms. Seavmey] beat Vietnam,” he said, referring to an opponent the 20-year-old defeated in one of the tournament’s earlier bouts.

Mr. Chamroeun said the silver was the first medal won by a Cambodian at the Asian Taekwondo Championships, which is attended by 42 countries.

Ms. Seavmey will return to Phnom Penh on Thursday to begin preparing for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, which begin on August 5.


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