Sangita Rai of Nepal Police Club competes during the National Weight-Lifting Tournament in Pokhara on Wednesday. Photo Courtesy: NSC
KATHMANDU, Jan 11: Sangita Rai of Nepal Police Club (NPC) has set new national record in the 23rd National Weight-Lifting Tournament under the Nepal Sports Council (NSC) Championship played in Pokhara on Wednesday.
According to NSC, Rai broke Nita Thapa’s 12-year-old record of 65 kg in clean and jerk in women’s 48 kg category. Thapa set the record lifting 65 kg in Radhika Memorial Cup hosted by Birgunj in 2006. Rai lifted 66 kg in snatch to take her tally to 118 kg to win the gold. Tribuwan Army Club (TAC)’s Manisha Ranabhat won silver medal by lifting 114 kg (clean and jerk: 63, snatch: 51). Similarly, Jhapa’s Kareena Chaudhary won bronze lifting 83 kg (clean and jerk: 51, snatch: 35).
Sanju Chaudhary improved her own record in 53 kg category to win the gold. She notched 63 kg in snatch, 2 kg more than her record set at the Asian Club and Asia Cup at Korea in 2017. She also improved her record by a kg in clean and jerk lifting 82 kg. She broke her previous record made at Sunil Lal Joshi Memorial Cup 2017. Her combined tally of 145 kg also made new record breaking her previous record made in Korea earning a gold medal. NPC’s Devi Kumari Chaudhary finished second with combined weight of 137 kg (clean and jerk: 75, snatch: 62) whereas Saptari’s Kajal Yadav became third with 95 kg (clean and jerk: 50, snatch: 45).
Similarly, in 58 kg category for women, TAC’s Kamala Shrestha won gold by lifting the combined weight of 151 kg. She made a new national record in clean and jerk with 86 kg breaking her previous record of 85 made in Asian Youth and Junior Championship at Lalitpur. She lifted 65 kg in snatch.
In 52 kg category for men, NPC’s Ganesh Ranabhat won golds for the combined weight of 149 kg as well as clean and jerk (82) and snatch (67). Saptari’s Lal Babu Paswan finished second with 146 kg (clean and jerk: 81 snatch: 65) whereas Siraha’s Bachchu Lal Chaudhary won bronze for 126 kg (clean and jerk: 66 snatch: 60).
In 56 kg category for men, TAC’s Tula Ram Mahato won golds for combined weight of 171 kg and in snatch for lifting 83 kg. He finished second in clean and jerk with 96 kg. Saptari’s Manoj Yadav became first in clean and jerk lifting 100 kg. He stood second in snatch and total with 76 and 176 kg respectively. Saptari’s Ram Kumar Yadav finished third in all three departments with 70 kg, 90 kg and 160 kg for snatch, clean and jerk and total respectively.
A total 75 players including 51 men and 24 women participated in the event.
Semifinal lineup for Kabaddi completed
The semifinal lineup of both men’s and women’s teams in the 22nd Men’s and 17th Women’s National Kabaddi Tournament has been completed on Wednesday.
Departmental team Tribhuvan Army Club (TAC) will face Central Region, while Armed Police Force (APF) will take on Western Region in the last four matches in the men’s section.
Likewise, in the women’s category, TAC will vie against Nepal Police Club (NPC) and Far-western Region will play against Central Region in the matches which will be held in Bardiya.
The semifinal and final matches will be played on Thursday.