Nepal’s Gaurika Singh competing today in Tokyo Olympics

Swimmer Gaurika Singh displays her nine medals after medal ceremony of the 13th South Asain Games at International Sports Complex Swimming Pool, Satdobato in Lalitpur on Monday, December 9, 2019. Photo: Udipt Singh Chhetry/THT

Gaurika Singh, a Nepali swimmer under the Tokyo Olympics 2020 is competing in the 100 meter freestyle today. Her competition will start at 3:45 pm Nepali time.

Gaurika aims to break the national record at the Olympics. Earlier, she had set a record of 58.13 seconds to win a gold medal in the 13th South Asian Games. She also beat the Indian player to win gold at that time. She has been training continuously since then and has got the opportunity to compete for the second time in a row on the basis of Universality Places.

Gaurika is competing in the first hit today. There are only 4 players in the hit. With a total of 51 players, the top 16 players will make it to the semi-finals. Looking at the selection time of other players, Gaurika is unlikely to reach the next stage.

Earlier on Tuesday, Alexander Gadegaard Shah (Alex) of swimming set a national record by winning his hit in the men’s 100m freestyle. Alex set a new record by completing the required distance in 53.41 seconds. He has earlier improved his own record of 55.38 seconds. Alex could not make it to the next round.

Alex beat 10 players from South Asia, including Bhutan, Maldives and Pakistan. Matthew Abesinghe of Sri Lanka, who won gold in the same event at the 13th South Asian Games, finished in 50.62 seconds. Overall, Finishing in less than 48.44 seconds made it to the semifinals.

Earlier, the competition of two players from Nepal had ended in the first round on Saturday. Judo’s Sonia Bhatt competed in the 48 kg weight category and Shooting’s Kalpana Pariyar in the 10m air rifle. Kalpana had managed to set a national record. Athletics Saraswati Chaudhary will compete on July 30. She will participate in the 100 meter race.

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