Phnom Penh (FN), Nov. 22 – Ke Leng, the hero of Cambodian petanque, won her fourth gold medal at the 17th Young and Women’s Petanque World Championships 2019, held at Phnom Penh’s Olympic Stadium from the 17-24 November.
She faced Laos’s Bivilak Thepphakan, winning 36-22, in the final round on shooting.
Keo. Leng has been dominant in petanque’s shooting category, awarding three gold medals at different World Championships, including 2013 in France, 2015 in Thailand, and 2019 in China.
Cambodia’s most renowned players are Keo Leng and Ouk Sreymom. The two women paired-up in the doubles category for the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur and won a gold medal.
Petanque – a French game in which players win by having boules closer to the target than the opponent after all boules have been thrown – was introduced to the countries of Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos over one hundred years ago, according to the Phnom Penh Post.
After the end of French colonial in Indochina in 1953, the game remains popular among Cambodians today.