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Shuttle finalists take home fridges and TV sets

Thimphu Open As the floor creaked under their foot moves, the auditorium of youth development fund resounded with cheers from the few spectators that had turned up for the finals of the open badminton yesterday in Thimphu.

Hari Gurung, 21, a second year student in Sikkim, bagged two 21” TV sets and a refrigerator from the three final games he played.

He lost the men’s single finals to Karma Yoezer, 20, a class XII student of Phuentsholing higher secondary school.  Of the three sets, Karma Yoezer, won two (21-15; 21-16).

Hari Gurung and Muku Palden, 21, a 2nd year student of RTC beat Rinzin Wangmo, 16, a class XII student of Phuentsholing HSS and Ugyen Dorji, 19, who finished class XII from Tenzin HSS in Paro in the deciding match of the mixed doubles.

In men’s doubles, Hari Gurung and partner Nidup Dorji, 21, who also finished class XII from Ugyen Academy, lost to Karma Yoezer and Ugyen Dorji in the deciding game.

Phuntsho Choden Thingh, 16, a class XII student of Motithang higher secondary school defeated Rinzin Wangmo in the women’s single finals.  Phuntsho Choden won the first two sets (28-26 and 21-12).

She said this was the first time she won an open championship. “I’ve been playing badminton for the past six years and, today, the result was very fruitful,” she said. “For this tournament, I’ve been practising for more than a month, and I’m very satisfied.”

The winners took home a refrigerator and the runner’s up a 21” TV set each.  The championship, which started from January 4, was organised by Woezer events management and Bhutan badminton federation.

By Sonam Choden

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