Nepal’s marathon runner Gopi Chandra Parki of the Armed Police Force (APF) Club is set to participate in the upcoming 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
His selection to compete in the marathon event in the Olympics is confirmed after he bagged the title of the Marathon held in Nepalgunj, Banke on Saturday.
In the 13th South Asian Games held in Nepal last year, Parki had won a gold medal in the 5,000 meters race.
In the Nepalgunj marathon, Parki completed the 42.195 km race in 2 hr 18 min 59 secs, ahead of 25 athletes. Krishna Basnet of Nepali Army stood second with a timing of 2 hr 20 min 49 secs while Khagendra Bhat, also of Nepali Army, came third with 2 hr 27 min 28 secs.
The winners also received a cash prize of NPR 75,000, NPR 30,000, and NPR 10,000, respectively.
Likewise, in the women’s half marathon, Pushpa Bhandari of APF Club finished first with a timing of 1 hr 26 min 54 secs. She won NPR 30,000 in cash prize.
The Nepal Olympic Committee has canceled qualifying games for the 2021 Olympics and decided to select the winner of the Nepalgunj marathon to represent Nepal in the Olympics.
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