Gaurika Singh Sets a New Benchmark for Nepali Athletes

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Gaurika Singh Sets a New Benchmark for Nepali Athletes
Swimmer Gaurika Singh (second left) with her teammates during the South Asian Games. Photos: National Sports Council

December 10: Gaurika Singh has set a new benchmark in Nepali sports by clinching four gold medals in a single edition of South Asian Games (SAG). No Nepali athlete has ever won four gold medals in one edition of the regional games.

Although taekwondo ace Deepak Bista has won four gold medals in SAG, they were won over a decade in four editions. Deepak Bista holds a record in South Asia for being the only person to win gold medals in four consecutive editions of SAG. But he was able to win a single gold in each of the editions between 1999 and 2010.

However, Gaurika Singh won a gold medal in women’s 100 meters freestyle on Monday in addition to

women’s 400 meters backstroke on Sunday to take her tally to four golds in this edition alone. She had won a gold medal each in women’s 200 meters backstroke and 200 meters freestyle last week.

She has also eclipsed the record of Baikuntha Manandhar, who held the record of winning three gold medals in three editions.

On Sunday, Devika Khadka also won a gold medal for Nepal, another judoka Poonam Shrestha added one more gold for Nepal on Monday. Likewise, Boxers Bhupendra Thapa ans Minu Gurung also won a gold each to take  Nepal’s tally to 49 golds. Nepal stands second in the standings behind India with just one more day for the regional games to conclude.

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