HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Nepal claimed the team championship of the International Karate Tournament for the third time in a row after winning 28 gold medals here at the Multipurpose Martial Arts Centre in Naya Bazaar today.
Nepal totalled with 78 medals that also included 30 each silver and bronze medals. India claimed give gold, three silver and as many bronze medals to finish second. Nepal also clean swept the best players’ award with Ritesh Shrestha and Deepa Lama taking the men’s and women’s honour.
In the final day, Nepal’s Sunil Thapa Magar won the men’s 55kg gold defeating compatriot Minesh Khatri. In an all-Nepal men’s 60kg gold medal bout, Raju Magarati came better off Man Bahadur Bhurtel, while Dhanjit Lama won the 65kg final with a victory over countryman Dhanjit Lama. Ritesh won the open category gold cruising past Uttam Thapa – also of Nepal.
In the women’s kumite, Alisha Shrestha beat Tanu Sai of Nepal to win girls’ 9-19 yrs final, while Anjana Nepali took the girls’ 14-16 yrs gold with a victory over Melina Pariyar. Deepa Bhitrakoti beat Kabita Sharma in the girls’ under-12 final.
The gold medals for the Indian team came from Aniket Jawalekar (men’s 25kg), Kiran Yadav (30kg), Dipanshu Bariya (35kg), Deepak Sharma (40kg) and Rohit Tiwari (45kg).