Thapa reaches second round in boxingThe boxer defeats Dio Koebanu of Indonesia 4-1 in the men’s 46-51kg preliminary round.
Nepali boxer Rabin Thapa advanced into the round of 16 in the Asian Games after pulling off a victory in his first bout at the Hangzhou Gymnasium in China on Monday.
The 23-year-old defeated Dio Koebanu of Indonesia 4-1 in the men’s 46kg to 51kg preliminary round of 32. He earned 145 points against 140 points secured by his Indonesian opponent.
Other two Nepali boxers—Binita Thapa Magar and Dipesh Lama—made early exits. Thapa Magar lost to Chinese Taipei’s Nien Chin Chen in women’s 60kg to 66kg preliminary round of 16 on the basis of referee stop contest. Lama was defeated by Nishant Dev of India in men’s 63.5kg to 71kg preliminary round of 32 on the basis of points.
Nepal’s taekwondo player Anjali Tamang failed to progress beyond pre-quarterfinal round despite winning her preliminary bout at the Li’nan Sports Culture and Exhibition Centre in women’s U-49kg weight division. She registered a 2-0 victory over Cambodia’s Lyden Kry after the first round scores were tied at seven each but she managed to pull off a 10-4 win in the second round.
In the pre-quarterfinal, the 20-year-old Tamang suffered a 2-0 defeat against Thai pugilist Panipak Wongpattanakit. She faced a 12-0 defeat in the first round and 10-0 in the second round.
Rahul Kumal made an early exit from losing their first bout. Kumal was defeated by Saudi Arabia’s Riad Nasser A Hamid 12-4 and 5-1 to lose 2-0 in the men's U-58kg weight division.
Nepal succumbed to a comprehensive 22-4 defeat against mighty Japan in their first game of women’s 3X3 Basketball. They are placed in Pool B that also includes Chinese Taipei and Kazakhstan.
Suraj Rana Magar and Usha Khanal of Nepal both failed to complete the distance in the mountain bike cross country event. In the men’s cross country measuring 25.5km, Rana Magar picked up an injury in the second lap. Khanal, competing in women’s 20.56km women’s cross country, withdrew following hyperthermia.
Nepali fencers remained winless in fencing on Monday. Payas Yonjan and Rajendra Gajurel both lost all five games in men’s individual sabre. Mandira Thapa and Goma Acharya both lost their all six matches of women’s individual foil.
Nepal’s all three judo players—Manita Shrestha Pradhan, Jang Bahadur Saru and Punam Shrestha—faced defeats on Tuesday. The trio were defeated by ippon, the highest points obtained in judo. Shrestha Pradhan lost to Turkmenistan’s Maysa Pardayeva in women’s U-57kg round of 16, Saru was defeated by the Philippines John Viron in men’s U-81kg round of 32 while Shrestha went down against Nyam-Erdene Batsuuri on Mongolia in women’s U-70kg round of 16.
Nepal’s rugby team suffered defeats in both matches of the day played to determine rankings. They succumbed to a humiliating 55-0 defeat against the Philippines and 36-0 against Thailand. They have already crashed out from the group stage after losing to China, the UAE and Afghanistan on Sunday.
Nepal’s tennis team also lost all four games of the day. In the mixed doubles second round match, Nepal’s pair of Abhishek Bastola and Abhilasha Bista suffered a 6-0, 6-0 defeat against Indonesian opponents. The women’s doubles match saw Nepal’s pair of Bista and Mahika Rana lose 6-1, 6-0 to South Korean opponents.
In the men’s singles second round match, Nepal’s Abhishek Bastola lost to Hong Kong’s Chak Lam Coleman Wong 6-2, 6-0. Pradip Khadka also faced a similar feat in the second round match going down 7-5, 6-1 against Japan’s Shintaro Mochizuki. He had defeated Timor-Leste’s Antonio Mendes in straight sets of 6-0, 6-0 on Sunday.
In the women’s wushu changquan, Nepal’s Sushmita Tamang finished eighth among 11 players. She earned 9.410 points. The men’s Taijiquan saw Nepal’s Pasang Sherpa finish at the bottom of the table among 18 players earning 9.013 points.
In the women’s football, Nepal succumbed to a huge 8-0 defeat against Japan, who had recently played in the women’s FIFA World Cup and crashed out of the quarter-finals. The second defeat of Nepal, who had gone down 2-0 by Vietnam in their first match, meant they crashed out from group stage with a match in hand. They will play dead rubber against Bangladesh on Thursday.