SPORTS BRIEFS: Tamang, Sunuwar clinch positions in HK 100
KATHMANDU: Nepali trail runners Aite Tamang and Bed Sunuwar secured the second and third positions in the Vibram Hong Kong 100 -- 100km ultra endurance race that attracted over 800 starters from 28 countries. According to trailrunningnepal.org, the winner, Ryan Sandes of South Africa, finished in 9:45:57 while Nepal´s Aite Tamang from the Rangers´ Battalion of Nepal Army finished it in 10 hours 17 minutes 15 seconds. Bed Sunuwar of Army Club clocked 10:46:36. Another Nepali runner Sudip Kulung finished in the eighth position clocking 11:40:41. The course is based around Hong Kong´s famous Maclehose Trail, and finishes with the descent from Hong Kong´s highest peak (Tai Mo Shan). Nepali runners got the opportunity to participate in the race as they had completed the Annapurna 100 on the top three positions last month.
Duwal clinches NECOS Chess
KATHMANDU: Veteran chess player Ganesh Man Duwal on Sunday won the NECOS All Nepal Fide Rating Chess Tournament with nine points off 11 rounds. Duwal defeated former Nepal champion Surbir Lama and pursed Rs 50,000 as winner. Rajan Puri finished in the second position with similar nine points. Puri was placed in the second position after losing in the Buchholz Tie Breaking system and bagged Rs 30,000. FIDE Master Manish Hamal finished in the third position and received Rs 20,000. Niraj Niraoula and Bishow Bijay Ghimire finished in the fourth and fifth position and received Rs 15,000 and Rs 10,000 respectively.
Bhimsariya wins final
KATHMANDU: Pulkit Bhimsariya won the men´s singles title of the Open Table Tennis Tournament, organized by Naxal Yuva Mandal. Bhimsariya defeated Sonam Lama in the final on Sunday. Lama, then teamed up with Kishor Shrestha in the men´s doubles but faced yet another defeat as the duo of Manjil Thapa and Pankaj Singh Shah won the final. Anju Pokharel won the women´s singles defeating Jenny Shahi.
Host lifts Wilson Hoops titles
KATHMANDU: Host Wilson Academy on Sunday lifted the titles of 12th Wilson Hoops Inter-school Basketball Tournament in senior boys´ and junior boys´ categories. In the senior boys´ final played on its home court, Wilson Academy thrashed Shuvatara 75-51 with 23 points from Pema Daniel. In the junior boys´ final, 21 points from Sunil Khatri guided the host to a comfortable 45-32 win over Neric. Daniel and Khatri were adjudged the most valuable players of the tournament. In the senior girls´ category, Pennwood thrashed Teresa Academy 38-19 in the final with 11 points from Anjita Thapa. Sarita Thapa of Teresa Academy received the award for the most valuable player.
Brihaspati defends title
KATHMANDU: Host Brihaspati Vidya Sadan on Sunday defended the title in the Second Brihaspati Running Shield Inter-school Girls´ Football Tournament. Brihaspati beat Arunima 2-1 with both goals coming from Sadhana Khadka. Ranjana Tamang scored the consolation goal for Arunima.
Bageshwari into last eight
KATHMANDU: Bageshwari Yuva Club and Everyday Football Club on Sunday advanced into the quarterfinals of the Sunakothi Cup Open Lalitpur District-wide Football Tournament being held in the capital. Bageshwari beat Pragati Yuva Club 3-1 in penalty shootout after the regulation time ended in a 1-1 draw and the added 30 minute remained goalless. In another match, Everyday beat Om Tri Netra 2-0 with a goal each from Milan Magarati and Binoj Rai in either half.
HIMS, Neric enter final
KATHMANDU: HIMS and Neric on Sunday entered the final of the 10th Gyan Niketan Inter-school Basketball Tournament in senior boys´ category. HIMS defeated Golden Peak 71-57 with 25 points from Sonam Tshering Gurung. Sudip Shrestha´s 12 points guided Neric to a 39-32 victory over Valley Public. In the junior boys´ section, Awareness International Academy thumped VS Niketan 41-21 for a place in the final. In the senior girls´ category, Mahendra Bhawan edged past Innovative 48-43 to confirm its final berth.
Joshi, Manandhar to compete in veterans athletics
KATHMANDU: Veteran runners Manish Joshi and Tri Ratna Manandhar are all set to compete in the 33rd Master Veterans Athletics Championship to be held from February 23-26 in Bangalore, India. Joshi will compete in the 40-44 age category while Manandhar will compete in the 44-49 age category. Both the athletes will compete in the 1500 meter event. Treasurer of Nepal Amateur Veterans Athlete Committee Bhairav Shahi is the manager of the team. Meanwhile, JN Dai Sharma, the president of Veterans Athlete Committee, bade farewell to the team on Sunday.
Manaslu, Classic in semis
KATHMANDU: Host Manaslu A and Classic College on Sunday advanced into the semifinals of the Second Manaslu Inter-college Open Boys´ Volleyball Tournament. Manaslu A beat Angel´s Heart while Classic edged past South Western. Similarly, Newton thrashed Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Memorial College and Precious overcame Oxford for a semifinal spot