Nepal’s Asiad swimming tour ends in heat stageHussain’s elimination from the men’s 400m freestyle heat bookends Nepali swimmers’ dismal showing at the Games.
Nepali swimmers will return home from the Asian Games 2022 in Hangzhou empty handed as none of them could progress beyond the heat stage. Nasir Yaha Hussain’s elimination from the men’s 400m freestyle heat stage on Friday bookended Nepali swimmers’ dismal showing at the Games.
Hussain took 4 minutes 22.30 seconds to complete the distance to finish 21st out of a field of 25 in a competition where the best eight athletes progressed to the next round.
Hussain was earlier eliminated from the men’s 200m freestyle. Of other Nepali swimmers, Alexandar Gadegaard Shah had exited from the men’s 50m and 100m freestyle, Anushiya Tandukar from the women’s 50m and 100m freestyle, and Duana Lama from the women’s 200m freestyle.
Meanwhile, Nepal’s poor show in boxing continued on Friday as well after Chandrakala Thapa lost to Prontip Buapa of Thailand in the women’s 54–57kg preliminaries.
Saraswati Rana, the last boxer representing Nepal, will meet Diem Quynh Luu of Vietnam in the women’s 66–75kg quarter-finals on Sunday.
Sangita Sunar (women’s 57–60kg), Minu Gurung (women’s 50–54kg), Binita Thapa Magar (women’s 60–66kg), Susma Tamang (women’s 45–50kg), Dipak Shrestha (men’s 71–80kg), Dipesh Lama (63.5–71kg), Buddha Gyamjo Lama (men’s 51–57kg), Ashish Duwadi (men’s 92kg), Bupendra Thapa (men’s 57–63.5kg), Rabin Nepal (men’s 80–92kg) also exited without a win.
Rubin Thapa had progressed into the round of 16 defeating Dio Koebanu of Indonesia in the men’s 46–51kg weight category on Monday but lost to Chonryong So of North Korea in the round of 16 on Thursday.
In track and field, Santoshi Shrestha finished sixth in the women’s 10,000m final, which was won by Bahrain's Violah Jepchumba Kilonzo Motosio completing the distance in 31:43.73. Shrestha took 38:40.15 to complete the distance.
Som Bahadur Kumal exited from the men’s 400m heat after he timed 48.68 to finish in the 17th position out of 20 athletes.
In men’s badminton, Prince Dahal lost to Lakshya Sen 21-5, 21-8 and Sunil Joshi suffered a 21-4, 21-7 defeat by Nammalwar Srikanth to lose the team quarter-finals to India 3-0.
Nepal also lost their women’s 3×3 Basketball to Chinese Taipei 22-2 and women’s handball 27-18 to Hong Kong.