Kathmandu, April 8:
Jhanta Kumari Katuwal of Nepal Police set triple weightlifting national records on her way to win 74kg gold during the fifth National Games here today.
Jhanta broke her own previous records in snatch (74kg), clean & jerk (90kg) and the total (164kg). Jhanta broke her previous snatch record (70kg) by first lifting 71kg before improving even that record in another attempt. Similarly, she broke her previous clean & jerk record (85kg) by first lifting (85kg) and improved further more in her next attempt. Jhantaâ€™s closest rival and silver winner Shanti Chaudhary could lifted 80kg.
South Asian gold medallist Kamal Bahadur Adhikari also set a new snatch national record in menâ€™s 69kg section. Armyman Adhikari won the gold medal with a total lift of 260kg â€”115kg in snatch and 145kg in clean & jerk. He broke his own mark of 114kg in snatch set at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Policewoman Uttam Khatri also won gold in 58kg category with a lift of 112kg â€” 47kg in snatch and 65kg in clean & jerk.
Keshari Chaudhary of Nepal Police set a new womenâ€™s triple jump national record today. Chaudharyu jumped 11.30 metres to win the gold medal and in doing so she broke her own previous mark of 11.19 metres set in Kathmandu in 2007. Silver medal winner Sabitri Nepali, also of Nepal Police, was far behind at 9.45m.
Basanti Kumal Chaudhary of Mid-Western Region also set a new national record in womenâ€™s javelin throw. Basanti covered a distance of 35.46 metres to win the gold. Basanti broke two decade-long record of 35.28 metres set by Lila Maya Thapa in Kathmandu in 1987.
Santosh Shrestha of APF set another new national record in 110m hurdles with the timing of 16.08sec. Shrestha broke the record of 16.17sec set by Rajendra Kunwar in Kathmandu in 1999. Shrestha won in 16.08 seconds ahead of policeman Dhirendra Chaudhary (16.34) and Kiran Chaudhary (19.67) of Central Region.
APF won two more athletics gold medals â€” Arjun Prasad Dhakal in menâ€™s 10,000m and Surya Maya Rai in womenâ€™s 5,000m.
Dhakal won in 32:08.35 minutes ahead of Laxman Malla Thakuri (32:53.98) and Durga Buda (32:58.87) of Mid-Western Region. Surya Maya won her second gold in 5,000m with the timing of 18:29.07 minutes ahead of Bishwo Rupa Buda (19:06.61) of Mid-Western Region.
Bijay Karki of Central Region set a new national record in menâ€™s 10m Air Pistol event today. Bijay earned 575 points to break Upendra Thapaâ€™s mark of 568.
Central Region claimed three judo gold medals. Purna Ghising claimed the menâ€™s 50kg, Saroj Maharjan clinched menâ€™s 60kg and Sushmita Lawat won the womenâ€™s 44kg titles. Likewise, Radha Devi Rai of Nepal Police won the 52kg section gold, Lila Thapa of Mid-Western bagged the womenâ€™s 70kg section gold and Rupa Tilarani of Eastern Region in womenâ€™s open weight category.
Mande Kaji Shrestha of Nepal Police won the menâ€™s 50kg kumite gold while Sunil Lama of APF earned the silver. Central Region won the menâ€™s team kata gold medal while Nepal Police earned gold in womenâ€™s section. Parsuram Bastola of Central Region won menâ€™s individual kata gold and policewoman Suvadra Shrestha won the individual kata gold. Tara Gurung Shrestha of Western Region won womenâ€™s 60kg gold beating Sapana Lama of PLA in final.
APF clinched both the men and womenâ€™s team event badminton gold medals today. Nepal Police won silver in menâ€™s event while Eastern Region claimed silver in womenâ€™s team event.
Kesang Lama of Central Region carded 84 for a total of 167 to win the womenâ€™s individual golf gold medal today. Kesangâ€™s teammate Shastika Shrestha won silver (199) while Juna Rai of Eastern Region claimed bronze (250). In womenâ€™s team event, Kesang and Shastika claimed gold for Central Region with the score of 366.
A team of Robin Thapa, Dipesh Koju, Bijay Limbu, Bikash Koju and Aman Tamang won the U-16 junior team event gymnastics gold medal for Central Region. Nepal APF won silver and Far-Western claimed bronze.
Prem Prasad Gurung of Annapurna Archery Club clinched the individual bamboo section gold in archery with 552 points while Jay Prakash Chhantyal (537) and Kharendra Malla (525) of Kaski won silver and bronze medals respectively.
Kumar Manandhar of Nepal Police defeated Puspa Thapa Magar of APF to win the menâ€™s finn weight gold medal today. Other gold winners were Kumar Basnet of Western Region (menâ€™s fly weight), Gopal Chauhan of Eastern Region (menâ€™s middle weight), Rozi Sherpa of Central Region (womenâ€™s 47kg). On Tuesday, Ramji Prasad Dahal of Nepal Police had won 84kg section gold.
Malati Tamang (51-55kg) of Far-western Region and Sima Lama (56-60) of Central Region won ITF Taekwondo gold medals in womenâ€™s section today. In menâ€™s category, Radha Bahadur Tamang (51-55) of Far-western Region and Central Regionâ€™s Amrit Maharjan (45-50), Chausi Dhungel (56-60), Niresh Rana Magar (61-65), Basu Dev Bhatta (66-70) and Durga Bahadur Shrestha (71-75kg) won gold medals. On Tuesday, 14 gold medals were decided.
Central Region bagged two gold medals in table tennis today. Chandra Shahi and Purushottam Bajracharya won the menâ€™s doubles title while Muna Basukala and Rita Prajapati clinched the womenâ€™s doubles gold for Central Region. Ajay Suwal and Nabita Shrestha of Nepal Police bagged mixed doubles gold medal.
APF humiliated Western Region 10-0 and Eastern Region blanked Mid-Western Region 4-0 in the womenâ€™s football. In another womenâ€™s match, Far-Western Region defeated People Liberation Army (PLA) Nepal Sports Club 3-2. In menâ€™s football, APF overcame Eastern Region 1-0 and Nepal Police defeated Central Region 1-0.
Man Bahadur Gurung, Rabindra Chand, Devendra Maharjan and Anil Gurung advanced to the semi-finals of menâ€™s 69kg bout today. Making it to the last four in menâ€™s 75kg were Ganesh Ram Chaudhary, Ujjwol Singh Thapa and Rajan Shilpakar. Bishnu Suhang, Rupa Bhatta, Parvati Giri and Mala Rai also entered the womenâ€™s 46kg semi-finals. Sangita Hamal, Bindu BC and Maya Chaudhary entered the 48kg semi-finals.
Region No 4 (Bhairahawa) beat Nepalgunj by 60 runs in the Springwood Senior National Cricket Tournament today. Bhairahawa were all out for 228 in 47.3 overs and dismissed Nepalgunj for 168. Region No 3 (Kathmandu) pulled out after toss handing a walkover win to Region No 6 (Baitadi).
In the Wai Wai Womenâ€™s Twenty20 National Cricket League, Nepalgunj defeated Kathmandu by six wickets. Kathmandu scored 94-6 and Nepalgunj surpassed the target in 15.5 overs.