Kathmandu, Nepal, Dec. 03, 2019: Nepal has become success to bag seven gold medals in the ongoing 13th South Asain Games (SAG) in taekwondo and karate held in Kathmandu and Pokhara on Monday. Taekwondo player Ayasha Shakya and Manday Kaji Shrestha became the first Nepali athletes to win double gold medals in a single meet.
Shakya bagged first gold medal in above-29 year’s category of women’s individual poomsae. Shakya, mother of two sons, took her tally to three gold medals. With the winning, Shakya has become the third Nepali athlete to win three or more gold medals in South Asian Games.
Shakya had bagged a gold medal in 2011 SAG and silver medals in 2006 and 2016 editions. Likewise, she had bagged bronze medal in the 2006. Interesting fact is here that her husband, Deepak Bista, holds the record of four gold medals.
Likewise, Manday Kaji Shrestha has also become success to win two gold medals Karate. Shrestha became the first Nepali player to win gold medal in the 13th SA Games when he finished first in men’s individual kata.
Shrestha, then teamed up with Mahasus Tamang and Prabin Manandhar, bagged gold medal in team kata catagory. He has won first men’s section kata gold medal in 20 years. Coach Ganga Ram Maharjan had won one gold medal in the 1999 SAF Games in Kathmandu.
Nepal has become success to bag three out of four gold medals in Karate. Pakistan’s Shahida claimed the remaining one gold medal beating Nepal’s Chanchala Danuwar in the final of the women’s individual section.
Similarly, Laxman Tamang under below-55 kg category, Biplav Lal Shrestha under above-84 kg category, Kusum Khadka under below-45 kg category and Anu Adhikari under below-50 kg category also bagged gold medals in karate.
Another player to create history in triathlon athlete was Sony Gurung. She finished first in women’s sprint event. Gurung became the first Nepali gold medalist in triathlon in South Asian Games. Earlier, Roja KC had bagged bronze medal in the match held in India about three years ago.
Likewise, other gold medal winners in individual poomsae include Kamal Shrestha under above-23 years category, Sina Limbu Maden under 17-23 years category, Parbati Gurung under 23-29 years category, team of Nisha Darnal, Swastika Tamang, Sanjila Timalsina under 17-23 years team category and another team of Nita Gurung, Prashansa Chhetri, Sushila Rai under above-23 years category. Nepal has also bagged one silver and four bronze medals.