Kathmandu: Gaurika Singh won the fourth gold medal in 100m freestyle swimming during the 13th South Asian Games in Satdobato Swimming Complex, in Lalitpur.
Gaurika Singh became the first athlete to win four gold medals in the same South Asian Games. After winning the fourth gold she equaled the overall record of Deepak Bista, who had bagged four gold from as many SAF Games.
The game made Singh the first and youngest Nepali athlete. In addition, she teamed up with Duana Lama, Tisa Shakya, and Anushiya Tandukar in the women’s 400-meter medley relay to end the campaign with a total of nine medals, four gold, two silver, and three bronze.
After winning fourth gold, Singh said-“I was not sure about gold because it was not my main event. This (fourth) was the most effective for me. Because of the crowd, I knew about my win. I was very happy.”She added that she was humbled by the overwhelming support and wished her records be broken. It would be great if my records are bettered by someone else.
Besides her four golds, Singh has also won two silver and two bronze medals in the Games this year. She currently has 12 medals in the South Asian Games including her silver and three bronze medals in the 2016 Games in India.
Singh has won gold medals in 200 m freestyle, 200 m backstroke, 400 m freestyle, collected silver medals in 100 m backstrokes, 500 m backstroke and won bronze medals in 400 m freestyle relay and 800 m freestyle relay.
Singh said- “You just have to put in all the effort and you can achieve anything you can dream of, but to achieve your dreams, you will have to make some sacrifices.”