Nepal finish on top in triathlon competitionsThe home team wrap up the event with six medals, including 2 gold and 3 silver.
Nepal claimed a silver medal in the mixed team relay on Wednesday to finish atop the triathlon competition with a rich haul of two gold, three silver and a bronze at the 13th South Asian Games in Pokhara.
India’s Praganya Mohan, MS Adarsh, Sarojini Devi Thaudam and Biswarajit Saikho bagged gold to finish second in the event’s standings. The Indian team won the mixed relay to complete 300m swimming, 7.5km cycling and 2.5km running in 1 hour 35 minute 20 seconds to take their tally to two gold, two silver and one bronze medals.
The Nepali team, comprising Sony Gurung, Deepesh Chaudhary, Keshari Thapa Magar and Basanta Tharu, completed the event in 1:38:28 for silver. The Sri Lankan team, which came home third in the race with a time of 1:41:21, stood third overall with one gold and three silver medals.
A total of 26 players competed for five gold medals in the event over three days.
Nepal's Gurung had clinched gold in women's sprint on Monday, while Himal Tamang secured duathlon gold on Tuesday. Laxman Malla had claimed duathlon sprint silver while Humi Budha Magar had won silver in the women's event. Basanta Tharu had bagged men's sprint bronze for the home team.
Triathlon was included in the Games for the first time during the last edition in 2016 in India. Nepal had won one silver and bronze each in mixed team relay and women’s event respectively.
Nepal Triathlon Association President Nilendra Raj Shrestha has declared cash prizes to medalists of the game. He has announced rewards of Rs 100,000 to gold medalists, Rs 50,000 to silver medalists and Rs 25,000 to bronze medalists. Gandaki Province Chief Minister Prithvi Subba Gurung, among other dignitaries, distributed medals to the winners.