December 6: Nepal won seven more gold medals in the South Asian Games to take its tally to 36 golds by the end of the fifth day of competition on Thrusday.
Gaurika Singh recorded her name in history books by clinching Nepal’s first-ever individual gold in swimming in the regional event. She clocked 2 minutes 5.06 seconds to win the 200 meters freestyle at Satdobato Swimming Pool on Thursday.
Sanju Chaudhary also won gold medal for Nepal in weighlifting. She lifted 74 kg in snatch and 97 kg in clean and jerk to lift a total of 171 kg to strike gold in SAG. With the achievement, she also became the first Nepali weighlifter to secure gold in the regional games in women’s category.
Bhupen Shrestha added another gold for Nepal in taekwondo. Taekwondo alone fetched a total of 12 golds for Nepal during the current edition. Shrestha defeated India’s Akshay Hoda 29-27 in the final of men’s 87 kg category to win gold.
Meanwhile, Nima Gharti Magar and Juni Rai also won a gold medal each for Nepal in wushu. Nima had also won gold in the previous edition of SAG.
In cycling, Buddhi Bahadur Tamang and Laxmi Magar each won gold medal in cross country race in men’s and women’s section respectively.
Meanwhile, Samrakshyak Bajracharya and Pranav Khanal of Nepal advanced into the quarter finals of tennis in the men’s section. In the women’s section, Saloni Tamang and Prerena Koirala of Nepal also secured their places in the quarterfinals after winning their respective matches.
India currently leads the medals tally with 62 gold, 41 silver and 38 bronze medals followed by Nepal on 36 gold, 27 silver and 38 bronze medals with five more days to go. The regional event which kicked off on December 1 will conclude on December 10.
This is the first time Nepal has secured 36 gold medals in the history of SAG. Nepal’s best result so far was in the 1999 edition held in Nepal when it won a total of 31 gold medals.