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Police pip Army in judo with seven gold medals

- Sports Bureau, Kathmandu

Apr 17, 2019-

Nepal Police Club (NPC) narrowed pipped Tribhuvan Army Club on top of the standings in the judo tournament held under the eighth National Games in Nepalgunj on Tuesday.

NPC finished with seven gold, five silver and three bronze medals while Army clinched six gold, four silver and four silver medals. Province 5 ended up in third with one gold, three silver and four bronze medals. Nepal APF Club won the another gold in the tournament that offered a total of 15 gold medals.

On the final day of the judo meet, Army club clinched the mixed team event gold narrowly defeating NPC. Army pipped NPC only on better scoring after drawing three games each. Each team had six players-three men and three women-and Army won three matches and NPC clinched three. Janga Bahadur Saru, Pawan Shrestha, Shiva Baram, Sumitra Rai, Nirmala Gharti Magar and Punam Shrestha formed the Army team, while Sanjit Dangol, Sriram Makaju,  Rabin Shrestha, Manita Shrestha Pradhan, Bhawana Gharti Magar and Nisha Chaudhary formed the NPC team.

The 17-year-old Sushma Tamang of Province 3 and Minu Gurung of Army claimed women’s boxing gold medals in Nepalgunj. Tamang defeated Army pugilist Lalita Maharjan in women’s 48kg final while Gurung overcame Nisha Tamang of NPC in 54kg final. Puran Rai of APF grabbed men’s 56kg gold after his opponent Surendra Rai of Province 1 did not compete due to injuries. Mahendra Chand of Province Sudhurpaschim and Puran Sunwar of Army won bronze medals. Tej Bahadur Deuba of Army clinched the 52kg gold defeating Bikram Pariyar of APF in the final bout. Pradip Ghimire of Non Residential Nepali Association and Chandra Bahadur Thapa of Police took bronze medals. The 64kg division final saw Dan Bahadur Darlami of Army and Bhupendra Thapa Magar of NPC.

Bikash Lama of APF and Manish Dangol of Province 3 set the men’s 69kg category title clash. Dipak Shrestha of Army and Diwaslal Bhumi of Province 3 made it to the 75kg final. In 81kg division, Ganesh Pradhan of Army and Manohar Basnet of Province 6 entered the final. Gokul Gurung of APF and Arjun Sigu of Army advanced to the men’s 81kg final. In the women’s 57kg division, Chandrakala Thapa of Army and Diya Limbu of Province set the title clash while Sangita Sunwar of APF will take on Sabina Shrestha of Army in the 60kg final.

Army shuttlers Nangshal Devi Tamang, Ranjana Bhatta, Loktama Rai,  Rashila Maharjanand Anu Maya Rai advanced to the women’s singles second round  in badminton at the Ghorahi covered hall in Dang. Nangshal beat her Army teammate Gita Rai 21-11, 21-11, Bhatta saw off Nilima  Mahara of Sudhurpaschim 21-6, 21-8, Loktama defeated Manish Khadka of Province 3 21- 14, 21-10, Maharjan got the better of Anjana Rai of APF 21-12, 21-7 and Anu  Maya overcame Aruna Tamang of Province 1 21-11, 21-5. Joining them in the next  round were APF trio Sunaina Mukhiya, Shova Gauchan and Jessica Gurung, Province  1 trio Neeta Lamshal, Sita Rai and Seema Rajbanshi, Samjhana Sharma of Province  5, Safi Khatri of Province 3, Punam Gurung of Gandaki Province, Agrima Bhandari  of Karnali Province and Prasunna Khatri of Sudhurpaschim.

Ratnajit Tamang, Bishal Khadka and Praful Maharjan of Army club, APF duo Gautam  Kathayat and Sanjan Krishna Tamrakar, and Jivan Acharya of NPC won the men’s  singles second round matches. Ratnajit beat Purna Bahadur Thapa of NPC 21-7,  21-11, Khadka saw off Sudeep Sedai of APF 21-11, 21-18, Maharjan defeated Amrit  Chaudhary of Sudhurpaschim 21-12, 21-10, Kathayat dispatched Biswas Nepal of Province  5 21-12, 21-12, Tamrakar overcame Pabin Lingthep of Army 21-14, 21-9 and  Acharya got he better of Sandesh Jebegu of Province 1 21-12, 21-9.

Province 3 and Tribhuvan Army Club set up men’s title clash in basketball winning their semi-final matches in Ghorahi. Province 3 defeated Gandaki Province 93-63 while Army overcome archrivals NPC 85-71. The women’s semi-final matches saw NPC and Province 3 set up the title clash. NPC defeated Sudhurpaschim Province 55-44 while Province 3 edged Army 39-23 in the semi-finals. The finals will be played on Wednesday.

Army club  also entered the final of both men’s and women’s kabbadi at the Basgadhi Academy in Bardiya on Tuesday. In the men’s event, Army thumped Gandaki 38-21 to set up the title clash against Province 5, who overcome APF 35-28. Army will meet NPC in the women’s final. While Army crushed Sudhurpaschim 49-17, NPC saw off Province 534-24.

Published: 17-04-2019 09:49

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