Lamgade hogs limelight with national records


Apr 20, 2019-

Chandrakala Lamgade hogged the limelight at the Beljhundi Stadium after setting a new javelin throw national record during the eighth National Games on Thursday, her second such feat in two days.

The 26-year-old from Change-2 of Taplejung threw 44.5 metres to clinch the gold medal with a new mark. The achievement comes a day after the Nepal Police Club athlete had set a new national record in shot put with a throw of 12.04 metres. Her achievement in the field events makes all the more remarkable considering that she has mostly been training on her own in the absence to specialised coach ever since joining the departmental team six years ago. It was the fourth time that Lamgade has improved on her won national record in shot put and thrice in javelin throw.

Lamgade’s success by large is due to her won dedication and hard work. Youtube videos have played significant part in improving her game. “We don’t have a specialised coaches for events like shot put and javelin throw. I have learned a lot watching games in Youtube,” said Lamgade. She laments that she could have been a much better athlete had Nepal got a specialised coach in the events she competes in. But she still feels lucky to be associated with NPC, which has much better athletics facilities.

But even the Police club lacked proper training field for her events and specialised coach forcing her to train on her own at the Tundikhel (open space) in Kathmandu in the lead up to the Games. Training in the Tundikhel was nothing sort of a challenge. “It is always overcrowded in the morning and really difficult to train in the mid day under scorching heat. I had no other option than to wait for opportunities to find space for practicing javelin throw,” she recalls.

Lamgade is an experienced campaigner having played in the 12th South Asian Games and Asian Track & Field Championship. She had set the national shot put record in South Asian Games first. She was unsure, however, of her medal chances in the 13th SA Games scheduled for December 1-10 in Nepal. “Setting big target alone won’t fetch you medals at international meets. For athletes to succeed it primarily needs the stakeholders to ensure proper facilities and trainings to the players,” added Lamgade.

She is worried about the declining state in events like shot put and javelin throw of late. Lamgade believes winning gold medals has become much easier than the past. Her claims appeared right considering Tek Bahadur Dahal of Army club won the shot put gold with a throw of 12.19m on Thursday. Dahal was not even closer to the national record set two decades ago by Ujir Singh Bista during the 1999 SA Games at 13.92m. Rohit Chaudhary of Army claimed men’s javelin throw gold with a hurl of 56.58m. Chaudhary is far behind the national record of 70.39m set by Khursid Ahmed in the 1999 SAG.

Lamgade believes such a steep decline in performance was largely due to the lack of specialised coach. “It is not that we cannot fit into our predecessor shoes. Give athletes proper trainer and they will deliver in a big way,” said Lamgade. Let alone getting the proper facility and training, athlete with the stature of Lamgade is battling to even don basic gears like athletics spikes. She plans to get one after receiving prize money for her two records. National Sports Council has announced Rs 25,000 award for athletes setting a new national record apart from Rs 15,000 for gold medal won in individual events. She will earn a total of Rs 80,000 for her double success. She said: “I have a pair of running spikes but with the prize money I am planning to buy spikes properly meant for my events,” she said. One can easily imagine the plight of Nepali athletes in general given that a player of her stature is struggling with the basic needs.

Published: 20-04-2019 10:16

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