December 7: Sangita Dhami won a historic gold for Nepal in wrestling during the ongoing South Asian Games on Saturday. She defeated Sakira Sarkarine of Bangladesh in the final of women’s 55 kg with a scoreline of 4-1 to secure first ever gold SAG gold in the sports discipline for Nepal.
No wrestler from Nepal had ever won gold medal in the regional games before.
Meanwhile, Kiran Singh Bogati added another gold for Nepal in marathon to take the hosts’ medals tally to 43 gold medals by the end of the sixth day of competition.
He completed the 42 kilometers race in men’s category in 2 hours 21 minutes and 17 seconds. In the women’s section, Pushpa Bhandari of Nepal secured silver medal.
Meanwhile, Gaurika Singh clinched a silver medal in women’s 100 meters backstroke on Saturday at Satdobato Swimming Pool. She clocked 1 minute 3.15 seconds to strike silver. She lost the first position to India’s Manna Rajiv Patel by less than a second. The Indian player completed the distance in 1 minute 2.35 seconds. Singh also broke the national record in women’s 100 meters backstroke.
She had won a gold medal each in women’s 200 meters freestyle and backstroke on Thursday and Friday.
Meanwhile, the men’s football team of Nepal defeated the Maldives 2-1 at the Dasharath Stadium to inch closer to the knockout stage of football. This is the first time in 20 years that Nepal defeated the Maldives in football. The last time Nepal defeated the same opponent was during the 8th SAG held in Kathmandu in 1999.
The women’s football team of Nepal meanwhile lost the final group-stage match to India 1-0.