DANG, April 23: Rajpura Pachhai of departmental team Nepal Police Club (NPC) and Krishna Basnet of Tribhuvan Army Club have secured gold medals in athletics in Dang.
Army has been crowned as the champion of the eighth edition of national games after the completion of all athletic events on Monday. Army won 11 gold medals in women’s category and 10 in men’s category. The most prolific departmental team also won six silver and four bronze medals each in both categories to conclude the national games.
APF came second with six gold medals in men’s and two in women’s category. It also won three silver medals each in both categories. In bronze medal list, men collected three and women collected six.
Police finished third on the medals list. Police secured three gold medals in women’s category along with a silver and bronze medal. In the men’s category, Police secured four silver and three bronze medals, but could not win a single gold. Province 3 won two gold medals whereas Province 5 and Karnali Province won one gold medal each to complete the list.
In men’s category for marathon, Basnet completed the run in two hours, 17 minutes and 33 seconds to secure the 42-kilometer event held at the Beljhundi Stadium. Karnali’s Durga Budha took one minute and six seconds more than Basnet to finish with silver medal. Budha has taken his tally to one gold and two silver medals in the ongoing national games. Likewise, APF’s Kiran Singh Bogati took two hours, 22 minutes and 33 seconds to settle with bronze medal.
In women’s category for the same event, Pachhai completed the run in two hours, 59 minutes and 38 seconds to win the gold medal followed by APF’s Pushpa Bhandari (three hours, 59 seconds) and Army’s Sarita Basi (three hours, 8 minutes and 3 seconds) in the second and third places.
In 400-meter hurdles, APF’s Nir Pratap Mahato won the gold medal after completing the sprint in 55.60 seconds. Mahato took his gold medal’s tally to three in the national games so far. Army duo Jeevan Chaudhary (56.59 seconds) and Ashok Kunwar (57.44) finished on the second and third places respectively.
In women’s category for the same event, Army’s Tulsa Shrestha secured gold medal recording one minute 1.79 seconds followed by fellow department athlete Tulsa Khatri who took one minute 11.13 seconds to finish second.
In 8000-meter race, Army’s Umesh Marsyangdi Magar won gold medal after completing the run in one minute and 57.58 seconds followed by his team member Tanka Karki who took one minute and 57.58 seconds to finish second. Similarly, Province 3’s Subash Thapa secured bronze medal in one minute and 58.56 seconds.
In women’s category for the same event, Army’s Saraswati Bhattarai took two minutes and 16 seconds to complete the race and win gold medal. She was followed by Army’s Sanu Maya Karki who took two minutes and 17.94 seconds to win the silver medal. Similarly, APF’s Fulmati Rana secured bronze medal in two minutes and 18.38 seconds.
In 4x100 relay race, Army registered 43.19 seconds to win the gold medal followed by APF (43.40 seconds) and NPC (44.55 seconds) in the second and third positions respectively.
In women’s category for the same event, Army secured gold medal registering 50.50 seconds followed by Province 5 (51.66 seconds) and APF (53.12 seconds) with silver and bronze medals respectively.