Tibetan athletes win medals at China’s 13th National Games
By Lobsang Tenchoe
DHARAMSALA, September 6: Three Tibetan athletes have won medals in the China’s 13th National Games underway in Tianjin, a port city in north-eastern China.
Topgyal, Choeying Kyi and Mingyur Nyima have won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals respectively at the ongoing China’s 13th National Games.
On September 3, Choeying Kyi won the silver medal by finishing Women’s 20 Km Race Walk in 1 hour 23 minute and 33 seconds.
Topgyal and Mingyur Nyima, two Tibetan marathon runners won gold and the bronze medals respectively in men’s 10,000 meter run on September 5.
Choeying kyi is the first Tibetan olympian and medalist. She competed in both the 2012 and 2016 Olympics held in London and Rio. In 2012 London games, she was initially awarded bronze medal in her event but she was later awarded silver medal as the Russian silver medalist was stripped off her medal for positive doping test.
Topgyal is the second Tibetan to have taken part in an Olympic event. He has taken part in a lot of international and domestic games and earned his place in the Rio 2016 Olympic games for his stand out performances since 2012.
China’s 13th National Games is being held in Tianjin from August 27 to September 8.