December 3: Host Nepal has added two more gold medals to the overnight tally of 15 to lead the South Asian Games with 17 golds on Tuesday.
Bijay Sinjali and Sushmita Tamang of Nepal secured gold medals in wushu on Tuesday, according to the National Sports Council (NSC).
Sinjali scored 9.48 points to finish ahead of Mohammad Omar of Bangladesh in men’s chan quan thaulo event. Likewise, Tamang scored a total of 9.44 points to strike gold in women’s chan quan thaulo. PHG Watsala of Sri Lanka secured second position in the event
On Monday, Nepal had secured 7 gold medals each in karate and taekwondo and one more in triathlon to achieve its biggest feat in decades. The last time Nepal had achieved any remarkable feat in the South Asian Games was during the eight edition held in Kathmandu when it finished second with 32 gold medals. During the last edition held in India, Nepal had a disappointing finish with just 4 gold medals.
In the current edition, Karate player Monday Kaji Shrestha and Ayasha Shakya of taekwondo won two golds each.
Out of nine categories in taekwondo, Nepal bagged gold medals in seven. Other taekwondo players to clinch gold were Kamal Shrestha, Sina Maden Limbu, Parbati Gurung. Taekwondo also secured gold medals for Nepal in team events.
“Our target was to win all nine golds, but we settled for seven,” said Tarjan Subba, coach of the Nepali taekwondo team.
In karate, Mondey Kaji Shrestha, Laxman Tamang, Biplab Lal Tamang, Anu Adhikari and Kusum Khadka won individual golds while the remaining gold medal haul was made in the team event.
Meanwhile, Nepal’s karate coach Madan Upreti expressed his happiness that Nepali players could win gold medals despite facing tough challenge.
Meanwhile, Sony Gurung also secured a gold for Nepal in triathlon. The event was held in Pokhara.
Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan had won two gold medals each on Monday.