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Hem Bunting (Khmer: ហែម ប៊ុនទីង, born December 12, 1985) is a Cambodian marathoner.


Bunting is one of nine children from a family of farmers in Stung Treng Province. The British Broadcasting Corporation has described him as "so poor he lives in the crumbling athletics stadium where he trains". He won a silver medal in the marathon and a bronze at the 5,000 metre race at the 2007 Southeast Asian Games. He represented Cambodia in the marathon at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, finishing 73rd in a time of 2:33:32.

Bunting had few facilities and little funding to prepare for the Olympics. He trained by running laps on a track simultaneously used by casual joggers, and could not afford to buy running shoes. The BBC's article on him moved one reader to send him new training shoes prior to the Beijing Olympics.

He has made a significant effort in his second Marathon outing of 2012 after finishing in top 50 (42nd) at the Paris Marathon on April 15 with a personal best of 2:23:29. The time also improved on his previous national record 2:25:20 set during 2009 Southeast Asian Games in Vientiane where he won a bronze medal. Not only that, his official intermediate time at half marathon shows 1:09:04, which is a new national record.

Hem bunting 1 national cambodian marathon champion

Personal bests


  • 1500 m – 4:03.87 (Incheon 2005)
  • 5000 m – 14:24.71 (Nakhon Ratchasema 2007)
  • Half Marathon – 1:11:47 (Khon Kaen 2008)
  • Marathon – 2:23:29 (Paris 2012)
  • Indoor

  • 1500 m – 4:06.10 (Pattaya 2006)
  • 3000 m – 9:02.00 (Pattaya 2006)
  • References

    Hem Bunting Wikipedia

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