Nepal’s Yadav moves ancient gold at Asian Youth meet


Ajit Kumar Yadav has secured a ancient gold medal at the continental occasion, winning the three,000-metre race on the third Asian Youth Championships in Hong Kong on Sunday. The Armed Police Force’s center distance runner, who became the sole consultant from Nepal on the meet, completed the race in 8:30.32—over six seconds clear of India’s Amit Jangir (eight:36.34) inside the 15-man sturdy field. Gamil al-Hamati of Yemen who finished the race in 8:38.60 completed the rostrum. Kisan Narshi Tadvi of India holds the meet record of 8:26.24 which he set in the first edition held in Doha in 2015. “It is one in every of the most important achievements inside the records of Nepali athletics,” said Sushil Narsingh Rana, the technical director at the National Sports Council.


“We still fondly talk about Jeet Bahadur KC for his Asian-stage bronze. But I believe what Yadav has done in Hong Kong is a great deal larger in stature,” Rana, former senior countrywide crew head educate, cited. “He has set a new benchmark in the Nepali athletics.” KC received a bronze medal at the first Asian Track and Field Championship in Manila, Philippines in 1973. It became the first international medal won via a Nepali athlete. “Legendary athlete Baikuntha Manandhar holds a unique record of prevailing three consecutive marathon gold medals at the South Asian Games. Yadav’s achievement is also precise,” delivered Rana. Manandhar had received the remaining of his South Asian Games marathon gold in Kolkata in 1987 clocking 2:15:03—a record which nonetheless stands. Yadav’s gold medal saw Nepal end a joint tenth place with Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Thailand in the very last medal standings dominated via China with 12 gold, 10 silver and nine bronze. India completed 2d with 27 medals inclusive of 8 gold, 10 silver, observed by means of Japan with 20 medals such as six gold and eight silver. In all, 436 athletes elderly between 16 and 17 from 31 countries participated inside the Asian Youth Championships that commenced on Friday. Three-day biennial meet, sanctioned via athletics’ international governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations,  featured 20 song and field activities for boys and girls.