Cambodian and Chinese Runners, the First Winners of 6th Khmer Empire Marathon

Cambodian runner, Takizaki Kuniaki, got the first price in men's category while SHN Hong Xia from China was the first winner in women's category of the 6th Khmer Empire Marathon held in front of the famous Angkor Wat Temple, in Siem Reap province this morning.

This annual sport event began early in the morning with the firing of starting pistol by H.E. Thong Khon, Minister of Tourism and Chairman of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC).

According to H.E. Thong Khon, the 6th Khmer Empire Marathon attracted some 3,500 runners from 50 countries, of them 1,584 are foreigners, a year-on-year increase of 15 percent.

Most of the runners are Chinese, followed by the Vietnamese, the Japanese and the Cambodians, added the NOCC chairman.

For his part, H.E. Vath Chamroeun, Secretary of State for Tourism and Secretary General of NOCC, said the aims of the event is to attract tourists during this low season and to raise funds to support humanitarian activities as well as to congratulate the process toward the 32nd SEA Games 2023 to be hosted by Cambodia.

Beside the 42-kilometre race, there were the 21-kilometre and 10-kilometre road races as well as 3-kilometre fun run on the occasion.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press