Paragliding brings silver medal to Nepal after 20 years

Published On: August 29, 2018 02:30 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Aug 29: Nepal won its very first silver medal in the 18th Asia Games in Jakarta, Indonesia. 

A team of Bijay Gautam, Bimal Adhikari, Sushil Gurung, Yukesh Gurung, and Bimal Thapa won the silver medal for Nepal in the Men's Cross Country Paragliding, while Japan won the gold. Nepal scored 11,364 points to win the silver. Japan had 11,391 points. 

The fifth and final game was interrupted on Wednesday due to poor weather conditions. As a result, the task was reduced from 25 KM to 12 KM. 

This is the second silver medal Nepal has won after 1998. In 1998, Sabita Raj Bhandari had won a silver medal in Taekwondo.

Nepal participated in the Asian games since 1951 AD. With the new medal, Nepal now has won two silver and 22 bronze medals. 


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