| April 21, 2019

Nima strikes first gold for Nepal

Nima strikes first gold for Nepal
GUWAHATI, Feb 8: Reminiscing memories of the last edition of South Asian Games (SAG), wushu earned the first gold for Nepal this time as well on Monday, the fourth day of the 12th SAG being held in India. Nima Gharti Magar bagged the top honor in taolu event at the indoor hall of Assam Rifles in Shillong.    

The 16-year-old earned 8.43 points in the first round and finished the second round with 8.46 points for a total of 16.91 points to secure the first position in women's nanquan and nando events under taulo. During the 2010 edition of the SAG held in Dhaka, wushu player Binita Maharjan had given respite to Nepal ending gold drought on the tenth day.

After achieving the feat in her international debut, Nima said, “I was frightened at the beginning. I could not hear anything. Even the sword slipped off my hand because I might have hurried too much,” said the teenager girl. “However, I did not lose my composure and regained my self-confidence. I kept up my determination until the last moments,” added the 10th grader of Don Bosco School, Lalitpur.

Nima, who hails from Rukum, has been living in the capital since her childhood with her parents. She trains wushu in Ninja Wushu Guan of Lalitpur.
Nima said that she was able to perform better despite weak preparation. She also credited her achievement to her trainers and teachers of her Don Bosco School. “Thank you gurus (of guan) and sirs (of school).”   

Nima, who has been practicing wushu since the last four years, added, “At this moment, I am very happy for the achievement. I shall try to do better in future and witness even bigger achievements.”

Swechcha Jatav (16.33 points) of India won silver and Mubashra Akhtar (12.7) of Pakistan settled for bronze in the event.

Nima's gold was the fifth gold medal secured by Nepal from wushu in the history of SAG. Bina Khadka and Rajkumar Rasaili had earned gold medals in wushu in 2006 in Colombo and Binita Maharjan and Angbabu Lama in 2010 in Dhaka.  

Meanwhile, Yubaraj Thapa settled for silver in nanquan all-round of wushu. Yubaraj scored 17.66 points in total. The gold medalist earned 8.88 points in the first round and 9.21 in the final round. Yubaraj finished 0.7 points behind the gold medal winner of host India.

Yubaraj's second-place finish earned the third silver medal for Nepal. Sushmita Tamang and Bijay Sinjali of wushu had bagged silver from taolu on Sunday. Among seven wushu players from Nepal competing in taolu, Bishwa Budamagar, Hari Prasad Gole and Sabita Rai are scheduled to compete on Tuesday.   

Nepal can expect more medals from wushu as three players are already assured of silver medals after securing their places in the final of sansou.The three female players include 11th SAG bronze medalist Jharana Gurung, Juni Rai and Bindu Pun Magar. Jharana on Monday edged past Afghani opponent Jarmira Ibrahim 2-0 to vie for gold in women's 52 kg category while Juni saw off Hanif Ruksana of Pakistan with the same scoreline. Bindu earned a bye in the 70 kg category.

Meanwhile, 2006 SAG bronze medalist Dhanbir Maharjan lost his 75 kg bout against Rashid Minhas of Pakistan in the men's 75 kg section while Chitra Singh Thakur was defeated by Afghani opponent Maharuf Haidari in the 70 kg category.

Following the exclusion of karate from the current SAG, wushu and taekwondo are anticipated to bring home gold medals for Nepal. Competition in taekwondo will begin from Saturday.   

Second bronze for swimmer Gaurika

Teenage swimming sensation Gaurika Singh claimed second consecutive bronze medal in swimming on Monday. The 13-year-old completed women's 100 m backstroke in 1 minute 7.31 seconds for a third-place finish. In course of achieving the feat, she also bettered her own national record of 1 minute 8.12 seconds.

Earlier on Sunday, she had earned a bronze in 200 m backstroke as well, becoming  the first Nepali to win an international medal in individual event.
Meanwhile, Sirish Gurung bettered his national record in men's 400 m individual medley clocking 5 minutes 9.49 seconds. He held the national record of 5 minutes 20.39 seconds set in 2013 during the National Swimming Championship.     

Women's volleyball defeated in semifinal

Nepali women's volleyball team's ambition of making into the final received a huge setback after it was defeated in straight sets by host India in the semifinal. Nepal lost the semifinal 25-10, 25-9, 25-15. The women team, the bronze medal winner of the 10th edition, will now vie for third place.
The men's team has already crashed out after losing both of its group-stage matches.


Dinesh Shrestha set a national record in men's 94 kg in weightlifting. He lifted 117 kg in snatch and 147 kg in clean and jerk.  Earlier, he held the national record of 116 kg in snatch and 147 in clean and jerk. Similarly, Laxmi Ban Bista bettered her personal record in women's 85 kg lifting 51 kg in snatch and 61 kg in clean and jerk.

Day of defeats in tennis

Nepali players lost all their matches on the second day of competition in tennis. Avishek Bastola lost to Pakistani opponent 6-1, 6-1 in men's singles while Samrakshan Bhusan Bajracharya was defeated 6-1, 6-1 by and Indian player.

During the matches played at the court of All Assam Tennis Association, Bibhuti Karki was handed double bagel by an India opponent in women's singles match while Bijisha Shrestha faced was humbled 6-1, 6-0 by a Pakistani opponent. Similarly, the pair of Samrakshak Bhushan Bajracharya and
Avishek was also humiliated in men's double with a 6-1, 6-1 defeat by Sri Lankan pair. The pair of Ganga Sharma and Ira Raut had a similar fate, going down 6-0, 6-1 against Pakistani pair in the women's doubles event.

The mix doubles pair of Sri Ram Magar and Ira Raut faced double bagel defeat against Indian pair.  

Badminton wins bronze in team event

Nepal bagged bronze medal in the women's team event of badminton. Nepal beat Afghanistan 3-0 to enter the semifinals where the team faced a 0-3 defeat against Sri Lanka and ended with bronze medal.

Bronze confirmed in table tennis

The pair of Nabita Shrestha and Alina Maharjan entered the semifinals of women's doubles event in table tennis. The pair recorded 3-1 win against Pakistani opponent to sail into the last four. With the win, the pair is assured of at least a bronze medal in the event.


Nepal lost to Bangladesh 208-197 for the third place of compound men's team event of archery. Kishor Gurung, Laxman Pun and Bibekshen Gurung had represented the Nepali side. On Tuesday, Prem Prasad Pun will play against a Sri Lankan opponent for the third place of the singles event in men's recovery section.