Marathon Returned To Cambodian Capital After Two-Year Hiatus Due To Pandemic

PHNOM PENH, The 10th Phnom Penh International Half Marathon, kicked off here in the Cambodian capital today, after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC) President and Tourism Minister, Thong Khon, said, the event was to celebrate the 86th birthday of Queen Mother, Norodom Monineath Sihanouk, to raise funds for humanitarian activities, and to promote health.

“It’s a great pleasure to see the return of the annual Phnom Penh International Half Marathon with a lot of participants,” he said, at the start of the contest. “Some 3,621 professional and amateur runners, including 385 foreigners, are taking part in this event.”

Cambodian Vann Pheara crossed the finish line first in one hour, 20 minutes and 31 seconds in the 21km race, while women’s 21-km race was won by Japan’s Ota Natsuko, who finished in 1:36:28.