Pun, Gurung named ‘Strongest Lifters’ in weightlifting tourney
August 16, 2019 09:40 AM NPT
Pukar Gurung is presented with the ‘Strongest Man’ title during the Third Sunil Lal Joshi Memorial National Weightlifting Tournament in Kathmandu on Thursday. (Left) Tara Devi Pun poses with the ‘Strongest Women’ trophy. Photo Courtesy: NSC
KATHMANDU, Aug 16: The departmental side Nepal Police Club’s Tara Devi Pun and Tribhuvan Army Club’s Pukar Gurung have been announced the Strongest Lifters of the Nepal Strongest Third Sunil Lal Joshi Memorial National Weightlifting Tournament on Thursday. Both the players received Rs 10,000 each as their reward.
Likewise, Police’s Bikash Thapa and Prakash KC were named the best lifter of men’s senior and junior categories respectively, while Sangeeta Rai and Sanju Chaudhary were adjudged the best lifter of women’s senior and junior categories respectively. Also, Banke’s Tushar Budha Magar and Bardiya’s Nanda Thapa Magar were announced the emerging talents in men and women categories respectively.
In the tournament, Gurung improved on three national records winning the men’s over 109 kg weight category to be the Strongest Player.
He improved his previous national record of 126 kg in snatch set at the Eighth National Games by lifting 127 kg this time, along with breaking 150 kg in clean and jerk by lifting 127 kg in the tournament. Also, he lifted a total of 278 kg breaking his previous national record of 276 kg.
Police’s Rajeev Maharjan lifted 95 kg in snatch, 117 kg in clean and jerk and a total of 212 kg to finish second.
Likewise, in men’s 109 kg senior, Police’s Sandesh Gurung improved his previous national record of 100 kg by lifting 106 kg in the tournament. Also, Gurung lifted 135 kg in clean and jerk and a total of 241 kg.
In the men’s junior category, Kanchanpur’s Sagar Bhandari improved his national records in clean and jerk, and total. He broke his previous record of 138 kg by lifting 147 kg in clean and jerk this time, while he lifted 247 kg in the tournament to improve his prior record of 238 kg. He also lifted 105 kg in snatch.
In 102 kg weight category, Kanchanpur’s Subhash Upadhyaya created three national records. He lifted 103 kg in snatch, 130 kg in clean and jerk and a total of 233 kg breaking Sagar Bhandari’s Eighth National Games record of 102 kg in snatch, 122 kg in clean and jerk and a total of 224 kg.
Second-placed Roshan BK lifted 70 kg in snatch, 100 kg in clean and jerk and a total of 170 kg.
In men’s 96 kg weight category, Police’s Gagan Chand lifted 98 kg in snatch, 130 kg in clean and jerk and a total of 238 kg to win the gold, while Police’s Shree Krishna Maharjan won silver lifting 90 kg in snatch, 110 kg in clean and jerk and a total of 98 kg. Likewise, Armed Police Force (APF) Club’s Devendra BK claimed bronze lifting 85 kg in snatch, 107 kg in clean and jerk and a total of 192 kg.
The players who set national records were given Rs 1,000 each. A total of 24 national records in men and 23 in women categories were created.