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mt everest taekwondo : Shakya wins gold in comeback
May 4, 2014-
Home team Nepal dominated the second day of the second Mt Everest International Open Taekwondo Championships with four gold medals here at the National Sports Council covered hall on Sunday.
Ayesha Shakya, Gyani Chunara, Nisha Rawal and Arun Adhikari struck gold as Nepal topped the the standings with six gold, three silver and five bronze medals in the 10-nation championships. Defending champion Shakya, competing for the first time in two years, made a spectacular comeback with a 14-2 win over Sahazan Khatun of Bangladesh in women’s below-67kg category final.
Shakya said she was a bit worried of how she would fare in the first match since becoming a mother. “I am relieved that my my hard work paid off,” said Shakya. “Playing at home in front of cheering crowd also helped ease pressure.” Meera Kafle of Nepal and Tshiring Doma of Bhutan finished joint third.
Chunara, who missed out of final in the first edition, triumphed in the women’s below-57kg category title match. Chunara edged Suchitra Singh of India 8-7 in the title decider. Chunara said she was happy to erase the bitter experience of last edition. “I am extremely happy to finally win a gold medal,” said Chunara.
Rawal thumped Priyanka Singh of India 21-0 in a one-sided final of the women’s below-76kg weight category. Adhikari then became the solitary male player to win gold for Nepal. He beat Mohammad Alif Rosli of Malaysia 6-3 in the men’s below-54kg weight category final. Doten Dorje of Bhutan and Bhim Gautam of Australia shared the bronze medals.
India also claimed two more titles to hold the second position with overall four gold medals. P Anand and Shrawan Kumar added the gold on Sunday to that of the two India won on Saturday. Anand broke Nepal’s dominance with a resounding 21-1 victory over Laxman Maharjan of Nepal in the men’s below-87kg weight category final. Parth Biswas of India and Gopal Putuwar of Nepal finished joint third.
In the men’s below-68kg category final, Kumar dispatched Mohammad Anwar Hosain 8-7 of Bangladesh. Mohammad Sahabaz of Pakistan and Tilak Bahadur Gurung of Bhutan finished joint third.
Published: 05-05-2014 09:48