Ordinary performance from Shah

- NABIN POKHREL, LONDON
Ordinary performance from Shah

Aug 2, 2012-

Nepali swimmer Prasiddha Jung Shah failed in his attempt to set a new national record in the London Olympics in the 50m freestyle despite improving his personal best at the Aquatic Centre on Thursday.

Competing in the 50m freestyle, Shah clocked 26:93 to finish 47th out of 58 competitors. His previous best was 27:10. Chitra Bahadur Gurung is the holder of national record with the timing of 26:39.

Shah is the country’s most prolific and experienced athlete in the Nepali contingent which has five athletes. Having represented Nepal in numerous international championships, he was the flag bearer of the country in the opening ceremony. But his international exposures counted for nothing at the Aquatic Centre as he failed to deliver what he had promised before his departure to the Games.

The 23-year-old had vowed to set a new national record in London and had left for the English Capital a month prior to Games in order to groom himself.

“I am extremely disappointed with my performance today,” he said. “Olympic was the best opportunity for me to be the holder of national record but I have ruined it.”

Nevertheless, coach Ongden Lama consoled his athlete, saying that the pressure to perform at an international event like the Olympics is ‘extremely terrifying’. “He at least bettered his personal best,” said Lama.

Published: 03-08-2012 09:12

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