Pariyar sets national shooting record at OlympicsThe shooter scores 616.8 points and finishes 48th in the 10m air rifle while judoka Soniya Bhatta exited from the first round after losing to an Russian opponent.
Nepali shooter Kalpana Pariyar set a new national record but exited the qualification round in the women's 10m air rifle at the Tokyo Olympics while Soniya Bhatta bowed out from the first bout of Judo on Saturday.
Pariyar scored a total of 616.8 points to better her previous national record of 614.5 points in women's 10m air rifle at the Asaka Shooting Range. She, however, finished 46th among a total of 50 shooters in the qualification rounds. Only the top eight shooters qualify for the final round. Pariyar had finished fourth in the 13th South Asian Games (SAG) held in December 2019.
She finished ahead of Bosnia and Herzegovina's Tatjana Djekanovic (613.2), Kyrgystan's Kanyeki Kubanychbekova (612.8), Sri Lanka's Tehani Egodawela (611.5) and Refugee Olympic Team's Luna Solomon (605.9).
China's Qian Yang won gold scoring 251.8 points in the final, setting a new Olympic record while Russia Olympic Committee (ROC's) Anastasiia Galashina bagged silver with 251.8 points and Switzerland's Nina Christen took bronze scoring 230.6 points.
China’s Yang (628.7), ROC's Galashina (628.5), Switzerland's Christen (628.5), Norway's Jeanette Hegg (632.9), France's Oceanne Muller (630.7), USA's Mary Carolynn (631.4), Korea's Eunji Kwon (630.9) and Heemoon Park (631.7) qualified for the final.
Pariyar scored 102.2 points in the first series, 105.4 in the second, 101 in the third, 104.1 in the fourth, 103.4 in the fifth and 100.7 in the sixth. The qualification round has six series where a shooter fires 10 shots in each series.
Meanwhile, Judoka Bhatta lost her very first bout of the under 48 kg weight category to ROC's Irina Dolgova in the round of 32. She lost the game in 1 minute 16 second in the five-minute bout. The 19-year-old Bhatta conceded ippon, the highest score in the judo point system which alone is sufficient for a win or loss.
Bhatta is the bronze medallist of the 13th SAG.
Dolgova lost her next round bout against Chen-Hao Lin. Kosovo's Distria Krasniqi won gold in the event defeating home team Japan's Funa Tonaki 1-0. Ukraine's Urantsetseg Munkhbat and Israel's Shira Roshony were joint bronze medallists.
Both Pariyar and Bhatta had earned a place in the Games through wildcards.
Altogether five Nepali players are competing in the Olympics.
Swimmers Gaurika Singh and Alexander Gadegaard Shah will compete in women's and men's 100 m freestyle events. Shah will compete on Tuesday and Singh on Wednesday. Saraswati Chaudhary will represent Nepal in the women's 100 m race. Chaudhary is scheduled to compete on Friday. Shah, Singh and Chaudhary have earned berths for the Games through universality place.