Nepal | July 08, 2020

Three more national records for Singh

Anil Ghimire
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Gaurika Singh swims during the women's 50m freestryle final of the 20th National Open and Age-group Swimming  Championship at the International Sports Complex pool in Lalitpur on Monday.  Photo; Udipt Singh Chhetry / THT

Gaurika Singh swims during the women’s 50m freestryle final of the 20th National Open and Age-group Swimming
Championship at the International Sports Complex pool in Lalitpur on Monday. Photo; Udipt Singh Chhetry / THT

Gaurika Singh added three more national records on the second and final day of the 20th National Open and Age-group Swimming Championship here at the International Sports Complex pool today.

Singh, who has shattered three records on Sunday, ended the campaign with six national records. Singh, who lives and trains in London, bettered her own mark in women’s 200m freestyle finishing the distance in two minutes and 19.72 seconds. She held the record of 2:26.28 set in the previous edition of the championship. Singh did not get gold medal in the event as she was alone in the pool and swam for records only.
In 100m backstroke event, Singh bettered her own mark by more than four seconds, completing the distance in 1:13.13. Her previous record was  1:17.97 set during the 19th National Championship in 2014. Rashika Paudyal was distant second in 1:44.64 in the two-player field.

Singh then added another national record in women’s 50m freestyle. She swam in 29.44 seconds breaking the previous record of 29.53 set by Sofia Gadegaard in the first Lumbini National Championships last year.

Shreetika Singh came second in 34.25 and Swikriti Ghising was third in 36.94 seconds. Singh had set three national records – 100m breaststroke, 100m freestyle and 200m breaststroke.

In other events, Tej Bahadur Majhi of Tribhuvan Army Club won the men’s 400m Individual Medley gold in six minutes and 40.84 seconds finishing ahead of teammates Basudev Chaudhary and Purna Oli, while TAC swimmer Yam Kumari Ghale claimed the women’s 800m title in 14:50.87. Manish Chitrakar won the men’s 50m butterfly gold in 32.22 seconds, while Devesh Manandhar added two more gold to the two he won on first day by winning the men’s 400m freestyle event in 5:26.28 and 200m breaststroke in 2:54.41.

Likewise, Sonira Bista of TAC clinched the women’s 200m breaststroke gold in 3:31.22, while Manish Chitrakar came first in men’s 100m freestyle with the timing of 1:04.93.

Kiran Karki won the men’s 100m breaststroke gold in 1:17.70, whereas Niharika Tuladhar — who won the 15-17yrs girls’ 50m breaststroke gold n record time of 39.78 seconds on first day — finished first in women’s 50m breaststroke event in 39.81 seconds. Manish Chitrakar won the men’s 50m backstroke gold with the timing of 36.98 seconds.

In the Age-group category, Little Angels’ School came first with 60 points, while Lincoln was second with 53, followed by Pathshala (46), Siddhartha Vanasthali (34) and Annal Jyoti (26). The two-day event, originally scheduled for April 27-28 before being postponed because of devastating earthquake, offered a total of 77 gold medals.


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