Disappointing day for Nepal in Asian Games

 Nepal failed to achieve any winning result in any of the 11 events it participated on Sunday during the third day of Asian Games being held in Incheon, South Korea. 

A day after wushu player Jharana Gurung and men´s badminton team had earned winning result, Nepali players failed to achieve any success in badminton, cricket, football, gymnastic, judo sepak takraw, shooting, swimming, tennis, weight lifting, and wushu played on Sunday. The triumphant men´s badminton team also failed to cross the quarterfinal. 

National record holder Sirish Gurung and Sonira Bista crashed out from the heat rounds in their respective events. Sirish, however, fulfilled his ambition of setting new national record bettering his own previous record in 200 m freestyle heat. 

Sirish completed the distance in 2 minutes 10.23 seconds surpassing his previous mark of 2 minutes 12.37 seconds. On Sunday´s heat, host South Korea´s Par Teh Wan secured the top position. He finished 19.94 seconds ahead of Sirish.

Sonira, who competed in the third heat rounds finished at the bottom among seven participating countries. Sonira completed the 100 m breaststroke in 1 minute 32.24 seconds. She finished 24.06 seconds later than Japanese swimmer Banatabe Kanako, who topped the heat rounds. 

Nepal flopped in men´s 10 m air rifle as well. Nepali shooter KB Pun finished last in the qualifiers held on Sunday. Nepal finished 57th among 58th team after Qatar pulled out of the contest. KB, who failed to earn good scoring in the beginning scored 92 and 91 points in the fourth and sixth series. He scored 83, 84, 88 and 87 points in the first, second, third and fifth series. 

Sepak Takraw 
Nepal was defeated 2-0 by South Korea in sepak takraw in men´s double. Nepal went down 21-4 and 21-9 in the first and second match. Nepal was defeated by identical scores with Singapore and Japan on Saturday. 

Nepali men´s badminton team was defeated 3-0 by Malaysia in the quarterfinal. Nepal´s no 1 Ratnajeet Tamang faced 2-0 defeat from Malaysia´s Lee Chong We after losing the sets 21-10, 21-12. 

Sajan Krishna Tamrakar came up with poor show in the other match of the team. He lost the match in 15 minutes going down 21-3, 21-4 against Aiskandar Julkarnain. 

Bikash Shrestha, another competitor of the team remained in the court for 27 minutes. He lost the sets 21-11, 21-13. Earlier on Saturday, the badminton team had overcome Macau 3-0 to book a place in the quarterfinal. 

Judoka Phupu Lhamu Khatri was defeated by Chinese Taipei´s Chang Ya Ju in the very first round. Phupu who could stand at the mat for 3 minute 17 second was handed shido, the penalty for technical fault. She was defeated on the basis of o soto gari (combination of both sweep <http://www.sportsdefinitions.com/judo/Sweep.html> and push). Saroj Maharjan, Ramesh Magar and Devika Khadka were defeated on Saturday. 

Nepali weightlifter Bikash Thapa finished second from bottom in group B contested by six players during men´s 62 kg section. He lifted 228 kg including 105 in clean and jerk and 123 in snatch. Bikash was able to lift the weight in second attempt. His effort to lift 126 kg in clean and jerk, an addition of three kg in the third attempt went in vain. 

Nepal´s men´s tennis team was defeated by India in the second rounds. Nepal surrendered 3-0 to the South Asian opponent. Avishek Bastoal was defeated 3-0, 6-1 by Sanam Krishna Singh, Jeetendra Pariyar 6-0, 6-0 by Yuki Vambri. In men´s double event, Santosh Khatri and Sonam Sherpa´s pair were handed double bagel by Sai Manni and DV Saran´s pair. 

Besides Jharan Gurung, other wushu players failed to win their first match in the Asian Games. Rinji Sherpa finished seventh among 10 in the Dao event. Rinji scored 8.66 points. Likewise, Gunsu Rinji also finished seventh in men´s taolu event. He scored 8.54 points.
Osin Rai came eighth in women´s jianshou event scoring 7.80 points. Altogether eight players had participated in the event. 
In men´s sanshou, Dhanabir Maharjan was defeated by Hamid Reza of Iran 2-0 in the 75 kg event, while Sombir Tamang was beaten by Subanbek of Kyrgyzstan 2-1in the 65kg. 

Nishan Simkhada and Kabin Raj Shrestha finished 65th and 67th respectively in the singles of floor exercise of artistic gymnastic. Nishan scored 11.10 and Kabin scored 9.03 points.

Fourth day vital
Day four, Monday, could turn historic day for Nepal as medal hopefuls wushu player Jharana Gurung and Chahana Bamjan will be in the ring for the quarterfinal fixtures. Jharana will compete in U-52 kg and Chahana in U-60 kg categories and are likley to claim at least a bronze if they win their fixtures on Monday. 

Jharana will vie against Iranian player and Chahana against Turkimenastan player . While Chahana had received bye for quarterfinal fixture, Jharana had secured a place for last eight winning her bout against Turkmenistan player on Saturday. 

Besides, Nepali women´s cricket team will also play against Malaysia while there will also be competitions in judo, shooting, swimming and weightlifting. 
Shree Ram Makaju (U-90 kg), Sunita Bohara (U-78 kg) and Rajan Joshi (over 100 kg) will compete in judo.

Source: Republica