Nepal win two bronze medals in Thailand
Kathmandu, July 30
Nepal’s Indra Bahadur Shrestha and Umesh Magar won bronze medals as Olympian Phupu Lhamu Khatri faced defeat in the Thailand International North Bangkok University Judo Championship today.
Shrestha claimed the medal in men’s below-66kg weight category after beating Merales Nathaniel in the bronze medal match. Earlier, Shrestha saw off Phuyensuk Kabet of Thailand in the first round, and returned to beat Choising Yong of Hong Kong in the quarter-final bout. He faced a defeat against Oxywai Ali Khan of UAE in the semi-finals, informed coach Surya Narayan Shrestha.
Similarly, Magar won bronze in men’s below-60kg section. Magar saw off Jaiwan Kurakoran of Thailand in the first round before facing defeat against Nguyen Hong of Vietnam in quarter-final. However, Magar earned a walkover win against Thai opponent in repechage to confirm the medal before going down to a player from Cameroon.
Meanwhile, Olympian Khatri, who competed in women’s below-63kg, faced defeat against Senathan Orapin of Thailand in first round match. Also, Manita Shrestha Pradhan, who won bronze medal in the 11th Asian Cadet and 18th Asian Junior Judo Championship in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on July 16, lost against Warasiha Yuriko of Thailand in below-57kg match, while Sunita Tamrakar was beaten by Thruong Thee of Vietnam in repechase match for bronze medal of women’s below 70kg. Earlier, Tamrakar had defeated Thammaphoran Anongnat of Thailand before losing to Thiphakon Sihamong of Laos in the quarter-final match.