Olympian athlete Saraswati Bhattarai missed the 1500m national record by a whisker in the 18th Asian Games at the GBK Main Stadium today.
Bhattarai completed the race in four minutes and 34.26 seconds to finish 14th out of 19 athletes. She also missed the national record of 4:33.94 set in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
On Monday, Bhattarai had produced the season best time in women’s 800m race completing the race in two minutes and 12.85 seconds. She had finished overall 13 in the 20-athlete field. Bhattarai’s previous best in 800m race was 2:13.99 in Asian Championship Heats in Bhubaneshwar, India last year, while she had completed the distance in 2:14.35 in South Asian Games in Guwahati, in 2016.
Som Bahadur Kumal’s new national record in 800m was the best performance by a Nepali athlete in the otherwise a disappointing Asian Games participation. Nepal made a horrible start with long-distance runners, Gopi Chandra Parki and Krishna Basnet failing to complete the 42.195km marathon, while Bishwarupa Budha was deprived of running in the 10,000m race because of late entry and sprinter Yam Sajan Sunar pulled out of 200m heats on medical grounds.