Singh creates history, again

GUWAHATI: Swimmer Gaurika Singh’s dream run in the 12th South Asian Games continued with another brilliant performance at the Dr Zakir Hussain Aquatics Complex on Wednesday.

The 13-year-old swimmer, who won historic individual medal on Sunday, bagged silver in 200m Individual Medley to take her personal tally to four in the ongoing regional games.

The youngest athlete among Nepali players participating in the SA Games, Singh completed the distance in two minutes and 33.26 seconds to finish second behind Indian swimmer Shraddha Sudhir, who won gold in 2:31.18. Sri Lanka’s Uthama Silva was third in 2:40.07.

Singh bettered her mark in the 200m IM by a whopping margin of 25 seconds.

This is the 28th time she broke national record in two years since she made her national championship debut in 2014. She did so for 25 times in individual events and three in relay.

Singh became the first Nepali swimmer to win individual medal when she claimed 200m backstroke on Sunday, while she doubled the tally with 100m backstroke bronze the next day.

Singh completed the hat-trick with the 400m backstroke bronze on Tuesday to be the first swimmer to claim treble in the regional games. And today Singh went one step ahead with a silver medal.

No Nepali swimmer was able to win individual section medal in the SA Games although the women’s team claimed gold in the eighth South Asian Federation Games in Kathmandu in 1999.

In all, Nepal won four medals, all by Singh in individual events.

Nepali swimmers broke 20 national records in Guwahati and Singh alone claimed seven in individual and three in team events.

Sofia Shah did it five times in individual and thrice in team events, while Shirish Gurung broke three records in individual and two in team events.