New record in weightlifting as Army tops chart

Published On: December 28, 2016 10:01 PM NPT By: Jitendra Kumar Jha

RAJBIRAJ, Dec 28: The last day of the weightlifting under the ongoing Seventh National Games on Wednesday also saw a new national record while departmental team Tribhuvan Army Club stamped its dominance in the event. Each day of the four-day event held at Rajbiraj, Saptari saw at least one new record.

Army weightlifter Pukar Gurung set a new national record in men's event of above 105 kg category. Pukar lifted 124 kg in snatch to better his own record by one kg. He had earlier set the national record during an Asian championship in Thailand last year. 

In total, Pukar lifted 259 kg for gold including 135 kg in clean and jerk besides 124 kg in snatch. Rajiv Maharjan of Central Region stood second with total weight of 203 kg, including 90 kg in snatch and 113 kg in clean-and-jerk. Subash Upadhyay of Far Western Region settled for bronze medal as he snatched 91 kg and lifted 110 kg in clean-and-jerk for a total of 201 kg.

In the overall medals tally, Army secured top finish with six golds, eight silvers and a bronze medal while other departmental team Nepal Police Club stood behind Army with six golds, three silvers and a bronze. Eastern Region settled for third position with two golds and silvers each and four bronze medals. 

The first day of the event saw Devi Chaudhary of Nepal Police Club set a new record in women's 53 kg section while Kamala Shrestha of Army achieved similar feat in women's 58 kg the following day. Kamal Bahadur Adhikari of Army on Tuesday set new record in men's 85 kg section.

Men's U-105 kg section saw Gagan Chand of Police claiming gold. He snatched 96 kg and lifted 118 kg in clean-and-jerk for a total of 214 kg. Bipendra Maharjan of the same departmental team stood second while Aashik Hussain of Central Region came third. 

The weightlifting event saw participation of eight teams including five regional teams and three departmental teams. Altogether 103 players competed for 15 golds including eight in men's and seven in women's section. 

Army wins men's basketball gold

DHARAN: Tribhuvan Army Club on Wednesday claimed men's basketball gold defeating Central Region 83-70 in the final played at Depot School's court in Dharan, Sunsari.
Army led all quarters except in the second quarter which it lost 19-22. Army led the other three periods 24-16, 20-15 and 20-17 to grab the top finish. 

Meanwhile, Western Region took home bronze medal defeating Eastern Region 82-74. Men's basketball saw participation of only six teams including five regional teams and Army. Earlier in the women's event comprising of five teams, Central Region had claimed the title.
The winners were rewarded by Nepal Basketball Association President and National Sports Council Vice President Lama Tendi Sherpa. 
Army clean sweeps kabbadi
MORANG: Both men's and women's team of Tribhvuan Army Club secured top finish in kabbadi. In the men's final held at Tankisunwari, Morang, Army recorded a big-margin win of 47-30 over Central Region in the final. Western Region and Armed Police Force were joint third.
In the women's summit clash, Army recorded a narrow 24-22 win over Nepal Police Club. Far Western Region and Central Region finished joint third. 
The men's event featured seven teams including five regional teams as well as Army and APF while the women's event saw participation of eight teams including five regional teams and three departmental teams.

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