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Tribhuvan Army Club athletes dominate athletics

Departmental giants Tribhuvan Army Club won three more gold medals in athletics on Thursday, the final day of the ninth National Games, to wrap up the athletics events in Pokhara to top the standings.

The Army team won both the men’s and women’s 4X400m relays, except for men’s triple jump gold for Dilli Khatri, who won 19 of the 37 track and field golds on offer. The departmental team also pocketed 13 silver and bronze medals each.

The Nepal Armed Police Force (APF) Club took second place in athletics, winning 10 gold, silver and bronze medals each to finish ahead of the Nepal Police Club which won two medals. gold, seven silver and six bronze.

Bagmati finished fourth with two golds, one silver and four bronzes and Lumbini collected two golds, four silvers and one bronze. Gandaki won one gold and one silver each, as well as two bronze medals. Karnali placed seventh with one gold and one silver each. Sudurpaschim walked away with a bronze medal while Province 1, Madhesh and the Nepal Non-Resident Association (NRNA) were left without a medal.

Army players Som Bahadur Kumal Ram Prasad Tharu, Jeevan Chaudhary and Prakash Dunuwar won the men’s 4X400m relay in 3 minutes 18.36 seconds. Along with the relay gold, Kumal also took her gold medal tally to three at the National Games after winning the 400m and 800m sprints.

The APF team of Nir Pratap Mahato, Ashish Chaudhary, Shivaraj Parki and Sandip Nepali took bronze at 3:25.82 finishing ahead of the police team. Police sprinters Amrit Bot, Sahan Chandra Shah, Tej Bahadur Karki and Arun Mahato Tharu walked away with the bronze at 3:29.35.

The Army women’s team of Olympian Saraswati Bhattarai, Jayarani Tharu, Nirmala Thapa and Kaleshi Chaudhary took first place in the women’s 4X400m relay with a time of 4:02.78. It was also the fifth gold medal for Jayarani Tharu, who has won the most gold medals in track and field. Tharu previously earned top honors in the 100m and 400m hurdles, 4X100m relay and long jump.

Lumbini comprising Nisha Tharu, Samjhana Tharu, Aruna Rijal and Ramkumari Tharu won the silver medal in 4:14.80. Bagmati walked away with a bronze medal at 4:22.779. Anju Khadka, Rajina Dulal, Swagata Khaiju and Santoshi Shrestha represented the Bagmati team.

Although the APF sprinters finished the women’s event with better timing, they were disqualified after the departmental team player changed tracks before finishing 500m, paving the way for the second army to secure first place.

Memorable day for the Parki brothers

Parki brothers Gopi Chandra and Shivaraj’s expectation of winning gold on the same day came to fruition after the former won the men’s 5,000m gold and his brother Shivaraj the 200m gold on Thursday.

The duo who represent the APF had wished to celebrate their victory earlier, as Shivaraj, the younger brother, won the 100m gold in record time. However, Gopi Chandra had to settle for a silver medal in the men’s 10,000m.

Gopi Chandra faced tough competition from Durga Bahadur Budha of Karnali, the two gold medalists in the 10,000m and the steeplechase. But her dream of celebrating gold with Shivaraj finally came true after securing the top spot in the 5000m.

Gopi Chandra clocked 14:29.67 while Budha took 14:29.93 to finish the race. Army athlete Mukesh Pal walked away with the bronze in 14:36.60. In the last edition of the Games in 2019, Gopi Chandra and Budha were the top two runners in the event, with the former earning the highest honor.

After winning the gold, Shivaraj said, “I was more worried about my brother, but I’m overwhelmed to see him win the gold,” he said of Gopi Chandra, who also won. gold in the 5,000m at the seventh and eighth Games.

“The National Games are like the Olympics for us. It’s special to win gold here. I expected to win gold in the 10,000m as well, but I was limited to silver,” he said.

Gopi Chandra also said he will now be more focused on the marathon than other races. “The 5000m is my best event. Although I wanted to give up the middle distance, the event has a special place in my heart, so I participated this time and also scored a hat-trick at the National Games. But now I will focus on the marathon. Gopi Chandra had also won the 5000m gold medal at the 2019 South Asian Games (SAG).

Meanwhile Shivaraj, 30, became a new sprinting star at the Games, winning three gold medals. He added gold in the 200m to his gold tally in the 100m and 4X100m, in addition to silver in the 4X400m relay.

Shivaraj clocked 21.91 seconds to finish the 200m with gold. His APF teammate Ashish Chaudhary took silver with a time of 22.05 and Army’s Yubaraj BK walked away with bronze at 22.50.

Nisha Chaudhary wins 200m gold

Nisha Chaudhary of Lumbini Province, who finished second in the 100m sprint, won gold in the women’s 200m in 25.24. APF’s Ramita Kumari Tharu won the silver medal in 25.95 and Police’s Laxmi Saud won the bronze medal in 27.52.

APF’s Shila Chaudhary won gold in the women’s triple jump with a leap of 11.01 meters to claim her first gold medal of the Games. Police’s Sima Chaudhary took silver with a jump of 10.76m and APF’s Ranjita Rai won bronze at 9.91m.

The gold medal in the men’s triple jump went to Dilli Khatri of the Army, who jumped 13.55m. He was also a silver medalist in the long jump. Chandra Dev Joshi of Police (13.55m) and Sudip Mahato of Bagmati (13.44m) won silver and bronze respectively.

Tharu, best Parki players

Army sprinters Jayarani Tharu and APF’s Shivaraj Parki have been named the top female and male athletes at the National Games. Tharu finished with five gold medals and Parki with three gold medals and a silver medal.

Tharu, who has represented the Army team for four years, said his ambition would be to win an international medal. “I will work hard to win a medal at the South Asian Games now,” she said.

The APF dominates football

Meanwhile, both the men’s and women’s teams of the APF club won football gold medals at the Ninth National Games.

In a thrilling final at the Pokhara Stadium held before the closing ceremony, the APF men defeated the army in sudden death after the game was drawn on penalties after a game goalless draw in regulation time and extra time.

The scores were even 4-4 after five shootout attempts. In sudden death, APF goalkeeper Raju Nagarkoti denied Army’s Suman Aryal before Bishwash Udas netted the winning goal to secure Army gold.

Earlier, the APF women’s team defeated Police 2-1 in the final to win the gold medal for the third consecutive time.

Sabitra Bhandari scored both goals for APF – the winners of the seventh and eighth National Games.

Niru Thapa pulled one out for the police.

Bhandari tops the scoring charts with 14 goals to his name. She has also scored in every game she has played in this edition.

Army won bronze after humiliating Province 1, 7-0 in the third-place playoff. Ashmita Karki scored a hat-trick for Army.

APF wins men’s volleyball

APF won the men’s volleyball gold medal by defeating Army in straight sets in the final.

APF overtook departmental rivals 25-21, 27-25, 26-24 in Myagdi to claim their second volleyball title, their first after the sixth National Games.

This victory means that the APF won both men’s and women’s volleyball gold. The APF women’s team beat Police 25-19, 28-26, 24-26, 25-19 in the final on Wednesday.

Police took bronze with a 26-24, 25-15, 25-18 win over Gandaki in the third-place playoff.

The best army police in hockey

The army won the gold medal in men’s hockey. Army beat Police 2-1 on penalties in the final after the game went to a scoreless stalemate.

Roshan Chaudhary and Pradip Rajbanshi scored for Army.

Police’s Nabin Chhetri scored, but Sashi Darlami missed, forfeiting the game.

This is the second consecutive time that the army has beaten the police in the final of the Games. The army had defeated the police to win the gold medal at the Eighth National Games.

Gandaki won the bronze medal beating Karnali 3-0.