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Tandin Lhamo (centre) won the race and Yeshi Dem (right) came second
Tandin Lhamo (centre) won the race and Yeshi Dem (right) came second

Woman boxer wins 3,000 metres run

The first woman boxer Tandin Lhamo showed that she is as good in boxing as in track events when she won the 3,000 metres track event at the national school athletic meet in Lungtenzampa, Thimphu yesterday.

The 21-year-old student from Dagana studies in Pelkhil School and is representing Thimphu thromde at the ongoing athletic Meet.

Tandin Lhamo finished first ahead of 16 other mid-long distance runners comprising of national athletes and the best runners from across the country.

“I always think of achieving the best when I take up sports,” said Tandin Lhamo. “I was hopeful about the win because I was involved in training as boxer through out the year.”

She represented Bhutan at the Ulaanbaatar Cup 2017, Mongolia, in July to become the first woman boxer from the country to play international boxing championship.

Tandin Lhamo said athletics and boxing are related as the two involve long distance running. With the Asian games coming up next month, Tandin Lhamo has been preparing for her second international appearance since the beginning of the year.

The 20 year-old athelte settled for gold in her national debut.

Tandin Lhamo qualified for the national meet after competing at the thromde level for three years.

In the 3,000 metres women’s final yesterday, Tandin Lhamo was about a minute late to break the national record set by Goma Pradhan at the 13thnational school athletics meet. She completed the race in 13 minutes 38 seconds.

Yeshi Dem from Trongsa completed the race 14 seconds after Tandin Lhamo to win the second place.

National athlete Tshering Dema finished third after almost losing to Dorji Wangmo from Haa.

Kinley Tenzin (third from the right) won the race
Kinley Tenzin (third from the right) won the race

Fifteen athletes competed in the 3,000 metre men’s final the same day. Kinley Tenzin of Thimphu Thromde complete the race in 10 minutes 31 seconds followed by Rinzin Dorji who completed 18 seconds later.

Karma Loday Tempa from Trongsa booked the bronze medal from the event, making it the second medal for Trongsa after Yeshi Dem won silver in women’s 3,000 metres final.

He finished the race in 11 minutes 25 seconds.

The track event holds the oldest unbroken national record set at 9 minutes 27 seconds by Kunzang Norbu in 2002, the then student of Motithang Higher Secondary School.

With about 10 track and filed events played, Thimphu thromde has qualified to play the finals of 14 events. The team has the highest number of participants qualified to play the finals.

At 32, Thimphu thromde also has the highest number of participants in the meet with maximum squad filled with national athletes who undergo daily training with Bhutan Amateur and Athletic Federation.

Punakha has qualified to play eight events in the final. The dzongkhag holds the record of winning the second highest spots in the finals followed by Thimphu dzongkhag, Haa, and Paro.

Meanwhile, escort officials of participants who travelled to Thimphu claimed that the performance of their participants would be better if they are given more time to train on the synthetic track before the championship.

Constructed at the cost of USD 660,000, Thimphu track and field stadium is the only synthetic track in the country today.

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