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Silver for Nepal

Saturday, February 6th, 2010
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Nepal won two silver and two bronze medals on the 9th day of the South Asian Games on Saturday.

Kumar Manandhar secured the first silver medal in the 11th South Asian Games in Dhaka. Manadhar was competing against Afghanistan’s 16-year-old Mohammad Haidari in taekwondo. Young Haidiri defeated Manandhar 8-4 in the final meet at National Sports Council Hall.

Manandhar had sustained a injury during a semi-final match with Bhutan. Nepali coach Kwon Yeongdal said Kumar had used excessive kicks against Bhutan and injured himself. Had he not been injured, he would have won against Afghanistan, he  said.

Meanwhile, Yan Kumari Chaulagain won a bronze medal after she lost 5-8 to Bangladeshi Sharmin Farjana Rumi in the 46 kg semi-final.

Ashish Maharjan lost his quarter-final match against Pakistani player Rehamat Jahan in the 68kg category.

Nepal won another silver medal in wushu on Saturday. Purushottam Rijal who had reached the final was defeated by Indian Rabindar Dalara 2-1. The loss handed Rijal a silver medal.

The under-21 cricket team recorded an emphatic but consolation win against Maldives. Nepal beat Maldives by 10 wickets in Mirpur Cricket Ground. Electing to bat first, Maldivian players were all out for 55 in 16.5 overs. Nepal reached the 56 runs target without losing a wicket in 7 overs. Anil Mandal took 4 wickets and scored 29 runs for Nepal while Bhuwan Karki and Amrit Bhattarai claimed two wickets each. Subhash Khakurel scored 27 runs.

In table tennis, Nepal men’s team won bronze medal after beating Pakistan 3-0 but failed to reach the final after being defeated by India with the same margin. Against Pakistan, Nepali peddlers Ajay Suwal, Prurushottam Bajracharya and Deep Sawan swept the match in their team’s favour. Meanwhil, Nepal’s women team failed to reach semifinal after being defeated by host Bangladesh 3-2.

Satyandra Prasad Yadav won a silver in 120kg category in wrestling. Indian wrestler Hitesh defeated Yadav in the final.

Nepali women  ensured their spot in the final of 11th SAG women’s football after routing Pakistan 7-0 at the Bangabandu National Stadium on Saturday evening. They will face India in the finals.

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