Eighth National Games: Bajracharya, Koirala strike gold medals in tennis

- Sports Bureau, Kathmandu

Apr 16, 2019-

Samrakshyak Bhusan Bajracharya claimed the first gold for Non Residential Nepali Association (NRNA) after he defeated Pranab Khanal of Tribhuvan Army Club in the men’s singles lawn tennis final at the Debinagar tennis court in Butwal under the eighth National Games on Monday.

Bajracharya, the former national champion who has been pursuing higher education in Australia, beat Khanal 6-1, 6-2. NRNA, competing in the National Games for the first time, have fielded 24 players who are currently residing in nine different nations. Pradip Khadka of Gandaki and Santosh Khatri of Nepal APF Club won bronze medals. APF’s Prerana Koirala claimed women’s singles gold defeating Abhilasha Bista of Army club 6-0, 6-2. Ira Rawat of Army and Rayana Shah of Province 3 were joint bronze medallist.  

Army clinched four gold medals, NPC bagged two and APF claimed one gold medal in judo in Nepalgunj on Monday. Suryaman Lama, Akriti Joshi, Nirmala Gharti Magar and Punam Shrestha struck gold medals for Army club. Lama beat Sriram Makaju of NPC in the men’s below 90kg division title bout, Joshi defeated Dipa Gurung of Province 5 in the women’s below 78kg final, Gharti Magar saw off Renuka Thapa of NPC in the women’s below 63kg final, and Shrestha beat Samjhana Chaudhary of Province 5 in the women’s below 78kg final.

Judoka Punam Shrestha (Top) and Samjhana Chaudhary in action during the below 78kg division bout under the eighth National Games in Nepalgunj on Monday. Post Photo: Keshav Thapa


Sanjit Dangol and Rabin Shrestha gave NPC the two gold medals. Dangol won the men’s below 73kg title defeating Janga Bahadur Saru of Army while Shrestha beat Ramesh Bahadur Chand of Army in the men’s below 100kg final. Devika Khadka won the women’s below 52kg gold medal defeating Dil Kumari Chhantyal of NPC in the title showdown.

Okeshraj Bajracharya of Army clinched the men’s and Laxmi Magar of Province 3 clinched women’s cycling cross country gold medals at Gabhar in Nepalgunj on Wednesday. Bajracharya clocked 1 hour, 25 minutes, 9 seconds to complete the 4.6km five-lap course. His teammate Himal Tamata secured silver medal with the timings of 1:26:06 while Hikmat BK of Gandaki Province took bronze with the timings of 1:26:44.

Magar clocked 1:20:52 to win gold in the 4.6km four-lap women’s race. Usha Khanal of Gandaki finished second in 1:33:38 while Nirjala Tamrakar of Province 3 was restricted to bronze. Tamrakar completed the race in 1:35:56.  

APF struck the women’s badminton team event gold with a 2-1 win over Army club in Ghorahi. Farwest and Province 1 shared the bronze medal. Army had defeated Farwest and APF had seen off Province 1. NPC and Farwest finished joint third. Army secured the men’s team event with a battling 3-2 win over APF. NPC and Farwest finished joint third. In the men’s singles, Purna Bahadur Bohara beat Bhoj Bahadur Gurung of Province 3, Bishwa Nepal of Province 5 defeated Priyanshu Singh Chhetri of Farwest 11-21, 21-13, 21-6 and Jivan Acharya of NPC saw off Nischal Basnet of Province 3 21-7, 21-11.

Krishna Thapa of Gandaki Province claimed the women’s singles squash gold medal at the Satdobato squash court on Monday. Thapa beat defending champions Bhawana Sunwar of Province 3 7-11, 11-5, 13-11, 7-11, 11-7 in the last match of the round robin league. Both Thapa and Sunwar had won all four matches coming into last game. Bipana Blon and Swasthani Shrestha of Province 3 shared bronze medal. Krishna’s younger brother Amrit Thapa Magar had already clinched the men’s singles title. Province 3 secured gold in men’s team event defeating Gandaki 2-1. Province 1 and APF walked away with bronze medal.  


Lightweight category champion Punam Rawal (red jersey) fights against Binita Thapa Magar during their boxing title match. Post Photo: Keshav Thapa



NPC stormed into the semi-finals of men’s hockey with a 6-0 drubbing of Province 2 in Group ‘A’ match at the Mangal High School grounds in Nepalgunj. Raman Rana stole the show for NPC scoring four goals. He opened the scoring in the 21th minute and added second in the 36th. Rana completed his hat-trick in the 45th before adding his fourth individual goals two minutes later. Yogesh Kumar Baljhare and Keshab Raj Joshi were also on targets for the departmental team. Province 2 required at least five goals margin win over NPC to enter the semi-finals as Group ‘A’ runners-up. But following the comprehensive defeat, Army entered semi-finals the group runners-up. Group ‘A’ runners up Army will meet Group ‘B’ winners Province 5 and NPC will take on Group ‘B’ runners-up Sudhurpaschim Province in the last four clashes.

The semi-final lineup of the women’s basketball completed on Monday. Province 3 will take on Army while Sudhurpaschim Province will meet NPC in the last four clashes. Province 3 dispatched Province 5 47-12 on the back of 13 points of Sadina Shrestha. Army thumped Province 4 59-31 riding on 15 points from Sumanta Khadka. Sudhurpaschim registered a narrow 33-29 win over Province 1. Anita Bhandari contributed 17 points for the winners. Alisa Malla netted 15 points for NPC in their 57-38 win over APF.

The men’s basketball saw Province 3, Army, NPC and Gandaki secure semi-final berths in Ghorahi. Province 3 defeated APF 60-54 after Sadish Pradhan contributed 19 points. Army saw off Province 1 76-55 after Ayush Singh contributed 16 points for the departmental team. NPC edged Province 5 68-42 riding on 17 points of Ritesh Magar. Gandaki dispatched Sudhurpaschim 77-44 riding on 21 points of Sudip Karki. NPC will meet Army and Province 3 will take on Gandaki in the semi-finals.

Published: 16-04-2019 08:28

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