Nepal’s Chanchala Danuwar in action during a women's kata bronze medal fight of karate against Thailand’s Monsicha Tararattanakul at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia on Saturday. Photo Courtesy: NSC
KATHMANDU, Aug 26: Nepal’s hope of winning its first medal at the 18th Asian Games were dashed as Rita Karki suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Pakistan’s Nargis in the women's 68 kg weight category. Karki lost the fight for bronze medal in karate played at the Jakarta Convention Center in Indonesia on Saturday.
After being unsuccessful to win bronze medal for home, Karate Coach Deepak Shrestha said that lack of international exposure we failed to kiss historical bronze medal.
"This is a golden opportunity for us to win medal for home but we failed to archive milestone as Karki suffered lack of international match exposure in the bronze medal fight," Coach Shrestha added.
Karate’s coach Deepak Shrestha rued lack of international exposure for the player as a reason for the defeat on Saturday. "Pakistan lifted the medal building on its international exposure. This was Karki’s first international match that too against a player as experienced as Nargis," said Shrestha.
Similarly, Nepal met disappointment again as Chanchala Danuwar faced a 5-0 defeat at the hands of Monsicha Tararattanakul of Thailand in the women's Kata bronze medal fight. Tararattanakul further went on to win a silver medal at the Asian Games.
In men’s kata, Parshu Ram Bastola suffered a one-sided 5-0 defeat at the hands of Adham Hashem of Qatar.
Nepal’s Sonam Lama will encounter Nguyen Van Hai of China in the men's 60 kg weight category, while Bijay Lama will meet Hiroto Shinohara of Japan in the men's 67 kg weight category. Also, Sunita Maharjan will face Arm Sukkiaw of Thailand in the women's 61 kg weight category. All those matches are scheduled to be played on Sunday.
Nepal sprinters had a poor day in marathon as Krishna Bahadur Basnet and Gopi Chandra Parkhi failed to finish the race. Both, Basnet and Parkhi gave up after running 40 km and 30 km respectively in a 42.195 km race.
Hiroto Inoue won the gold medal completing the race at 02:18.22 seconds. 21 sprinters took part in the event but only 15 players completed the race. Six Nepali sprinters took part in the marathon.
Three Nepali boxers Suffered defeats on point difference on Saturday.
In women's light weight category, round of 16, Punam Rawal went down to Wenlu Yang of China by 5-0.
In the men’s light weight 64 kg category, round of 32, Tej Bahadur Deuja faced 3-1 defeat at the hands of Khamphouvanh Khamsathone of Philippines. Similarly, Bhupendra Thapa was defeated 4-0 by Jordan’s Obada Alkasbeh.
In the men's doubles category in a match played at GBK Istora, the Shrestha pair of Bikash and Nabin went down 2-0 from the Malaysian pair of V Shem Goh and Wee Kiong Tan.
They conceded 21-9, 21-12 defeat from the Malaysian pair in the round of 16. Bikash and Nabin had defeated Mongolian pair of Temuulen and Sumiyasuren by 2-0 last Thursday to reach the last 16.
The debut for Nepali players in sports climbing ended in disappointment as Pemba Sherpa and Pranil Man Shrestha failed to secure their places in the next round of men's combined category at Palembang.
Nepal Sports Climbing Association’s general secretary Megh Raj KC stated the participation as a preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Sherpa finished at the 19th spot and Shrestha ended his journey at 20th spot in the 23-player event.
Nepal went down to Chinese Taipei 6-0 in the Recurve Men's Team in GBK Archery Field, Jakarta. Nepal suffered a triple 2-0 defeats at the hands of Chinese Taipei in the quarterfinal.
Earlier, Nepal had registered a 6-0 consolation victory over Qatar in the round of 16. They defeated Qatar by the same score.
Paragliding made a good start in the first round of the cross country category improving their performances from accuracy.
The men's team finished at the third spot and women's team finished at the fourth position in their respective categories. Bimal Adhikari, Bijay Gautam, Sushil Gurung, Ukesh Gurung and Bishal Thapa were included in the men's team and Prativa Bhujel, Trisha Bhomjan and SabitaTamang represented the women's team.
Nepal suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Malaysia in the men's regu preliminary round in the JSC Ranau Hall.
Rupesh Sunar, Dipesh Jung Thapa, Govinda Magar, Sanjeet Dhimal and Rabin Bhattarai were included in the Nepal's sepak takraw team.