11th SA Games Briefs

Table Tennis

DHAKA: Nepal claimed the bronze medal in the Men’s Team Table Tennis Event on Saturday. The Nepali team was assured of the bronze after qualifying for the semi-finals with a 3-0

win over Pakistan on Saturday. Ajay Suwal beat Yasir Bhath 11-9, 10-12, 11-8, 15-13; Purushottam Bajracharya saw off Saeem Abbas 17-15, 8-11, 9-11, 13-11, 11-9; and Deep Saun eased past Blal Yasim 11-4, 11-6, 11-5. In the semi-final Nepal lost to the title favourites India with the same 3-0 scoreline they were beaten by the opponent in the group stages.

Women’s team crashed out from the three-team Group A after losing their second successive group match against hosts Bangladesh. Tied at two sets with the hosts, veteran Gita Thapa surrendered the deciding set meekly 5-11, 8-11, 8-11 against Saleha Pravin. Earlier, Nabita had provided Nepal the lead beating Saleha Prabin in straight sets 11-9, 11-6, 11-7 before Bangladesh won next two matches. Gita lost to Moumita Alam in a competitive five-set thriller 11-9, 10-12, 11-6, 5-11, 9-11 and Muna Basukala went down to Sonam Sultana in another five-setter 11-7, 8-11, 11-7, 8-11, 4-11. Nabita Shrestha then forced the fifth set decider winning the reverse singles match against Moumita 10-12, 11-8, 11-1, 9-11, 11-5.

Golf

DHAKA: Amateur golfer Rupak Acharya finished 13th in golf tournament here at the Kurmitola Golf Club on Saturday. Rupak, who carded seven-over 79, was the best of the four Nepali golfers in the competition. Tashi Tsering also carded seven-over 79 in the final round for a total of 40-over 328 to finish 17th in the 28-man field. Tashi Ghale, who shot 12-over 84 on Saturday, was next at the 20th position with the total score of 49-over 337. Bishnu Prasad Sharma carded 15-over 87 for a total of 54-over 342 to end up 21st.

Bangladeshi trio of Dulal Hossain, Zamal Hossain Mollah and Md Jakiruzzaman clean swept the event wining top three spots.

Boxing

DHAKA: Boxer Ajit Gurung ensured he won’t return empty handed from Dhaka after making it to the semi-finals of the men’s 60kg category here at the Mohammad Ali Boxing Stadium on Saturday. Ajit defeated Giri Tshungel of Bhutan 6-4 in the quarter-finals. On Friday, Laxman Saud was also assured of at least a bronze after being drawn directly in the men’s 51kg category.

Meanwhile, the 10th SA Games silver medalist Sushil Ghimire crashed out from the first round losing 7-3 to Sri Lankan Sisira Kumarasinghe in 64kg. Dinesh Shrestha lost to another Sri Lankan Priya Darshana Silva in the 57kg category and Devendra Singh Thakuri succumbed to Mohammad Nadeen Hussien of Bangladesh in the 54kg category quarter-finals.

Squash

DHAKA: Nepal lost final league match against hosts Bangladesh in the Men’s Squash Team Event on Saturday. The team of Suresh Kumar Gurung and 16-time national champion Hira Bahadur Thapa lost the match 2-0. Suresh Kumar lost against Rajan Kumar of Bangladesh 6-11, 4-11, 6-11 and Hira Bahadur went down 1-11, 5-11, 4-11 against Goyal Parvez.

Archery

DHAKA: Both the men’s and women archery teams qualified for the second round on Saturday. Ashim Sherchan was the best among the Nepali archers, scoring 624 points out of 720 while Prem Prasad Pun scored 612 points. Shanti Sherchan and Radhika Blon also qualified. Shanti scored 459 and Radhika earned 452 points.

Athletics

DHAKA: Nepal had a disappointing opening day in athletics that began here on Saturday. Tilak Ram Tharu qualified for the 200m finals but finished sixth while Balaram Chaudhary failed to make it through in

the event. Nepal Armed Police Force Club athlete Pramila Rijal ended up seventh in the women’s 200m in the field participated by eight athletes.

In long-jump, Biddhyadhar Chaudhary remained sixth among the eight athletes while Narendra Jung Shah in discus throw and Santosh Kumar Shrestha in 400m hurdles finished last.

Swimming

DHAKA: The fifth National Games record holder swimmer Karishma Karki finished bottom of the table in the women’s 100m butterfly finals on Saturday. Karishma ended seventh with the timing of 1min, 23.05sec.

Puspa Raj Shahi had the best finish among the Nepali swimmers on Saturday. Puspa ended up just one spot above the bottom in the Men’s 100m backstroke finals. Puspa timed 1:14.40 in the event in which Sailesh Rana could not even qualify.

Another swimmer Prasiddha Jung Shah ended up eighth in the eight-man field in Men’s 50m freestyle. Prasiddha timed 00:27.96 in the event.

Karate

DHAKA: Nepal have been assured of at least five bronze medals in karate after five karatekas — Sunil Lama in 55kg, Binod Maharjan in 60kg, Suvadra Shrestha in individual kata and both the kata teams — got direct entries to the semi-finals.

Others participating in the quarter-finals are Binod Shakya (75kg), Kushal Shrestha (67kg), Anu Adhikari (55kg), Ganga Adhikari (61kg) and Parsuram Bastola (individual kata).