Nepal | September 26, 2020

Nepal bag 5 more medals in SAG, Gaurika Singh sets national record in swimming

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Nepal's silver medallists Bikash Sinjali and Sushmita Tamang

Nepal’s Bikash Sinjali and Sushmita Tamang pose for a photograph after winning silver medals in wushu during the 12th South Asian Games in Guwahati of India, on Sunday, February 7, 2016. Photo: PJ Club

KATHMANDU: Nepal added five more medals — two silvers and three bronzes — in their account in the 12th South Asian Games on Sunday.

Bikash Sinjali and Sushmita Tamang won one silver each for Nepal in wushu, while Gaurika Singh, Rambabu Yadav and Nepali men’s team collected bronzes in swimming, wrestling and table tennis respectively.

Nepal have won eight medals, including three silvers and five bronzes, so far in the ongoing regional sports gala in India’s Guwahati and Shillong.

Gaurika Singh swims during the 20th Open National and Age-group Swimming Championship in Lalitpur in June 2015. Photo: THT

Gaurika Singh. Photo: THT/File

Thirteen-year-old Singh set a new national record while winning bronze medal for Nepal in the women’s 200 metres backstroke. She clocked 2:26.93 minutes to finish third.

Sri Lanka’s Kimiko Raheem (02:18.09 minutes) grabbed the gold while India’s Maana Patel (2:22.06) won the silver.

Singh, however, was restricted to the sixth position in the 100 metres butterfly, and fifth in 200 metres freestyle.

flag-india 28 12 3 43
flag-srilanka 8 17 13 38
flag-pakistan 2 4 7 13
flag-bangladesh 2 3 13 18
flag-nepal 0 3 5 8
flag-afghanistan 0 1 3 4

Bikash Sinjali finished second in wushu’s chanquan (male) with 8.80 points, while Sri Lanka’s PLH Laxman won the gold scoring 8.86. Likewise, Susmita Tamang collected 8.72 points to bag the silver in wushu’s chanquan (female). India’s Y. Sapna Devi  was over-the-top with 9.45 points and clinched the gold in the category.

At the end of the second day of the competitions, the hosts India continue their dominance and topped the medal tally with 43 medals, including 28 golds. The minnows Maldives and Bhutan are yet to open their medal account in the 12th SAG.

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