December 4: Nepal maintained its lead in the medals tally of South Asian Games on the third day on Tuesday, securing eight more gold medals to its overnight tally of 15 golds.
With this, Nepal has a total of 23 golds, followed by India with 12 gold medals and Sri Lanka (5).
Nepal secured two gold medals each in taekwondo, karate and wushu while triathlon and athletics fetched one gold medal each on Tuesday.
Santoshi Shrestha became the first female runner to secure international gold for Nepal in athletics with her victory in the 10,000 meters race. She pipped her title contender Kavita Yadav of India by a small margin of one millisecond to win gold.
Himal Tamata won another gold medal for Nepal in triathlon.
Likewise, Bir Bahadur Mahara of Nepal defeated Pakistan’s Mohammad Fahim to win gold in men’s U-68 kg category of taekwondo. Another taekwondo player Kajal Shrestha also bagged gold for Nepal in the women’s U-48 kg section.
Bijay Sinjali and Sushmita Tamang secured gold medals of Nepal in wushu while karate players Nabin Rasaili and Sunita Maharjan also bagged a gold each to help Nepal maintain its lead for the third consecutive day of SAG which started on December 1.
Meanwhile, the women’s volleyball team of Nepal settled for silver after losing the final against India in five sets. Nepal which had lost the first set recorded victory in the next two sets to rekindle its title hopes. But the home team faltered against the visitors by losing the next two sets for a 3-2 defeat.
In men’s football, Nepal registered a 4-0 victory over Bhutan.
However, Nepal lost its T20 cricket match against Sri Lanka under the SAG by 5 wickets.