Swimmers Subba, Shrestha set new marks at Worlds

Kathmandu, July 23

Nepali swimmers Anubhav Subba and Shuvam Shrestha broke national records in the 17th FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary on Sunday.

Subba set the new mark in men’s 50m butterfly event on his way to finishing fourth in nine-man Heat1. He completed the distance in 28.26 seconds eclipsing the previous record of Chandra Singh Mahato, who had set the mark of 28.43 seconds during the fifth National Games in Kathmandu in 2009. Subba will also participate in 100m freestyle event on Wednesday.

Likewise, Shrestha broke the 13-year-old national record in men’s 100m breaststroke event in Budapest when he swam in one minute and 11.34 seconds. He came sixth in the 10-man field. The previous national record was held by Olympian Alish Shrestha, who had set the mark of one minute and 12.25 seconds during the Athens

Olympic Games held in Athens in 2004. Shrestha will also take part in 50m breaststroke event on Saturday.

Other two Nepali swimmers Sofia Shah and Tisa Shakya are yet to participate in the women’ section events. Shah is scheduled to swim in 100m freestyle on Thursday and 50m freestyle on Saturday, while Shakya will participate in 100m breaststroke on Monday and 200m freestyle on Tuesday.