Cambodian runner Bou Samnang, who finished last in the women’s 5,000-meter race at the SEA Games in Phnom Penh on Monday, was rewarded by Prime Minister Hun Sen for her perseverance.
Samnang, who was visibly exhausted after the race, broke down in tears as she crossed the finish line. Her determination to finish the race despite the pouring rain and her obvious fatigue has gone viral, with many people praising her on social media.
In a statement, Prime Minister Hun Sen said that he was “very impressed” by Samnang’s performance and that he wanted to “encourage her perseverance.” He also donated USD 10,000 to Samnang to help her with her training.
Samnang is a 21-year-old student who started running competitively just two years ago. She is the first Cambodian woman to compete in the SEA Games 5,000-meter race.
Her story is an inspiration to athletes everywhere, showing that anything is possible if a person sets their mind to it.