Army outfits claim five of the six athletics gold medals on offer

- Sports Bureau, Tulsipur (Dang)

Apr 20, 2019-

Chandra Kala Lamgade of Nepal Police Club (NPC) set second national record in athletics in as many days but Tribhuvan Army Club dominated the show winning five of the six gold medals on offer at the Beljhundi Stadium on Friday.

Lamgade won the women’s javelin throw gold medal with new national record of 44.5 meters. She bettered her own previous national record of 43.94m which she had set during the seventh National Games. Lamgade’s record in javelin throw comes a day after the NPC athlete set national record in shot put event with a hurl of 12.04-meter. Laxmi Tharu of the Army club was restricted to silver with a throw of 41.25m while Sima Kumari Tharu bagged the bronze medals with 38.30m throw.

Saraswoti Bhattarai, Tanka Karki, Dilli Khatri, Krishna Chaudhary and Rohit Chaudhary clinched gold medals for the Army team. Bhattarai clinched the women’s 1,500m race with the timings of 4:36.00. Santoshi Shrestha (4:37.7) of Province 3 and Phulmati Rana (4:48.05) of Nepal APF Club completed the podium finish.

Karki clocked 4:01.86 to win the men’s 1,500m gold. His Army teammate Umesh Marshyangdi Magar ended up in silver with the timings of 4:03.08 and Santosh Bista of APF won the bronze in 4:08.18.

Khatri clinched the men’s long jump title with a leap of 6.96 metres. Bhuwan Mahato of Province 3 won silver at 6.72m and Gopal Chaudhary of NPC the bronze at 6.36m. Krishna secured the women’s long jump gold medals with a leap of 5.21m. Silver medallist Shila Chaudhary of APF was way behind at 5.14m. Jayrani Chaudhary of Province 3 collected the bronze at 5.11m.

Rohit by far was a deserved champion in the men’s javelin throw. He won the gold with a throw of 56.58 metres, far ahead of the silver medallist Manoj Dagaura of APF, who threw 53.38m. Birendra Chaudhary of NPC bagged bronze medal with 52.53m throw.

Badminton:  Ratnajit Tamang set the men’s singles championship clash with Dipesh Dhami of APF at the Ghorahi covered hall in Dang on Friday. Defending singles champion Tamang defeated Prince Dahal of Farwest 21-11, 21-9 while Dhami saw off former Nepal No 1 Bikash Shrestha of Province 1 21-11, 21-15.

The women’s singles title clash will be an all-Army affair after Nangshal Devi Tamang and Rashila Maharjan won their semi-final matches. Tamang beat Devi Tamang of Province 1 21-17, 21-9 and Maharjan dispatched her clubmate Anumaya Rai 21-17, 21-18.

APF confirmed the top two medals in mixed doubles after two of their pairs made it to the final. Puja Shrestha and Dipesh Dhami beat Amita Giri and Nabin Shrestha of Army 16-21, 21-9, 21-11, while Jessica Gurung and Gautam Singh Kathayat saw off another Army pair Anumaya Rai and Ratnajit Tamang 10-21, 21-19, 21-17.

Dhami and Bijit Thapa Magar of APF set up the men’s doubles gold medal match with Ratnajit and Nabin Shrestha. Dhami and Thapa Magar defeated teammates Suroj Maharjan and Praful Maharjan 21-13, 21-12 while Ratnajit and Nabin got the better of Pabin Linthep and Rukesh Maharjan of Army club 21-11, 21-19.

Army and APF shuttlers is set to fight for the women’s doubles title. Nangshal Devi and Anumaya of Army beat Sita Rai and Sima Rajbanshi of Province 1 21-12, 21-18 while Puja and Jessica of APF defeated Amita and Rashila Maharjan of Army 21-16, 21-18. All the gold medals matches will be played on Saturday.

Published: 20-04-2019 10:16

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