Prasiddha & Shreya at London Olympics 2012

Photo by: Udipt Sing Chhetry

The countdown to the opening ceremony of London Olympics 2012 is done and dusted; you guys can go ahead and share your views regarding how London fared compared to the extravagant Beijing opening ceremony back in 2008. Well, that is yesterdays news. Let’s focus on the Nepali Olympians Prasiddha Jung Shah and Shreya Dhital, our two swimmers at the Olympics. Twenty-three year old Prasiddha who participated in Beijing Olympics 2008 will be swimming mens 50m freestyle in London on Thursday 2nd August 10AM (GMT). Shah’s personal best is 27.04 seconds for 50m freestyle. The current Olympics record is 21.30 seconds set by Cielo Cesar of Brazil in Beijing 2008. Eeek! Hopefully you’ll be able to beat your best and maybe bag a medal for Nepal Prasiddha.

Shreya Dhital is only seventeen years of age and is the youngest Nepali Olympian in the team of five. She will be swimming womens 100m freestyle on Wednesday 1st August at 10AM. The young swimmer is the current national champion of Nepal with the national record on her name. She bagged a total of six gold medals at the Sixth National Games. Way to go Shreya! 

Women´s 100m freestyle records
National Record: 1 min 10.84 sec set by Shreya Dhital in FINA World 2011, China
World Record: 52.07 sec set by Britta Steffen of Germany in Rome in 2009
Olympics Record: 53.12 sec set by Britta Steffen of Germany in Beijing 2008
Dhital´s recent timing: 1 min 12.09 sec in the Pramod Memorial Cup 2012
Men´s 50m freestyle records
National Record: 26.39 sec set by Chitra Bahadur Gurung in Kathmandu in 2003
World Record: 20.91 sec set by Cielo Cesar of Brazil in Sao Paulo 2009
Olympics Record: 21.30 sec set by Cielo Cesar of Brazil in Beijing 2008
Shah´s recent timing: 27.04 sec in the Pramod Memorial Cup 2012

 UPDATE: That’s it for Shreya, Olympic London timing: 1min10.80second. Prasiddha Jung Shah finished with the time of 26.93 seconds (7th in HEAT 3).

Wishing the whole team the best!

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