KATHMANDU, July 12

Surya Khatri, Sima Kumari Tharu and Amrita Mahato set new national records on second day of the National Team’s Time Trial here at the Dasharath Stadium today.

Khatri set a new mark on 1.98 metres in men’s high jump, breaking the record of Bal Krishna Chaudhary’s 1.97m, while Tharu bettered her own mark of 39.46 metres to set the new record of 43m in javelin throw. Likewise, Amrita Mahato covered a distance of 39.82 metres to break her own record of 34.37m in discuss throw.

A total of 18 gold medallists are taking part in the three-day competition organised by Nepal Athletics Association to select the players for the National Team. According to chief coach Sushil Narshing Rana, eight best athletes will be selected from the Time Trial and they will be sent to Thailand for a 40-day special training. “The special training in Thailand will start on August 1,” said Rana.

The eight players will also participate in the Thai Open Athletics Championships slated for September 3-10. “The Asian Athletics Association has given $10,000 for the preparation and training, while Thailand Athletics Association will provide us with assistance worth $6,000,” added Rana.