Medal winners of the cross country cycling competition pose for a group photo during the 13th South Asian Games in Gokarna, Kathmandu on Thursday. Photo: NSC
KATHMANDU, Dec 6: Nepali cyclists Buddhi Bahadur Tamang and Laxmi Magar won the gold medals in cross country cycling events in Gokarna on Thursday.
Tamang clinched the gold in men’s cross country event completing the distance of 16 kilometers in 1hour 19 minutes and 8 seconds. Nepal’s Rajiv Rai bagged the silver medal timing 1 hour 19 minute and 40 seconds who was followed by another Nepali cyclist Okesh Raj Bajracharya who took 1 hour and 21 minutes to complete the race.
India’s Shiven, Devender Kumar, Kiran Kumar were fourth, fifth and sixth respectively while India’s Rajat Pandey finished one lap behind to become seventh. Sri Lankan Chamika Sandun Kumara was two laps behind while Bangladesh’s Md Shamim completed three laps behind.
Sri Lanka’s Dane Steve and Gihan Pushpakumara did not finish the race while Nepal’s Ajaya Pandit Chhetri never started.
In women’s event, Magar completed the four lap race in 1 hour 20 minutes and 20 seconds to win the gold ahead of Nepal’s Usha Khanal who took 1 hour 35 minutes and 52 seconds.
India’s Pranita Prafull finished third timing 1 hour 36 minutes and 29 seconds to secure the bronze. Her compatriots Geethuraj was behind one lap to finish fourth and Yoshodhara Madhukar completed three laps behind to finish fifth.
Sri Lanka’s Saruni Panchali and Roshani Madumali, and Bangladesh’s Nishi Khatun, Sharifa Akter and Shilpy Khatun did not start the race.
At the end of the second day, Nepal has four gold medals in cycling. Earlier on Wednesday, Nepal’s Rajesh Magar and Nishma Shrestha clinched the gold medals in individual downhill cycling race.