11 Best Swimming Players in Nepal of All Time

Marjan Sokolovski

Nepal is home to some of the most talented swimmers in the world. From international competitions to local championships, Nepalese swimmers have made a name for themselves in the global swimming community.

Not only have they earned medals and recognition for their achievements, but they have also inspired and motivated many aspiring swimmers in Nepal.

In this article, we will take a closer look at some of the best Nepalese swimmers who have made a name for themselves in the world of swimming.

1. Gaurika Singh

Gaurika Singh is an extraordinary Nepali swimmer who began her swimming career at the tender age of eight. Over the course of her swimming career, she has achieved much success, becoming a record holder for many national records.

She is especially notable for her tremendous performance in the 2019 South Asian Games held in Nepal, where she won an impressive four gold medals in one season.

This is a remarkable feat, especially given her age, and it is a testament to her hard work and dedication to the sport. Gaurika Singh is an inspiration to many aspiring athletes, and her success should be celebrated.

She has shown that with hard work and determination, anything is possible.

2. Alexander Shah

Alexander Gadegaard Shah is a professional swimmer from Nepal. He was selected to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the 100 meter freestyle. Shah was granted a wild card entry into the Olympics due to his impressive swim times.

His father is a native of Nepal while his mother is originally from Denmark. Shah is an inspiration to the people of Nepal as he is the first Nepalese swimmer to qualify for the Olympics.

He is a symbol of hope for aspiring Nepalese swimmers who may one day follow in his footsteps. He is also a symbol of unity between Nepal and Denmark, showing that people of different backgrounds can come together to achieve great things.

3. Sofia Shah

Sofia Gadegaard Shah is a Nepalese swimmer who has been competing for Nepal since 2013. Her impressive swimming skills have been recognized, as in 2014 she was nominated for the Popular Player of the Year category of the Pulsar Sports Awards.

This prestigious award is given to athletes who have made an outstanding contribution to their sport. Shah has undoubtedly done this, proving herself to be an excellent swimmer who is capable of competing at a high level.

Her nomination for this award is a testament to her skill and dedication, and she continues to be a role model for aspiring athletes across Nepal.

4. Karishma Karki

Karishma Karki is a remarkable Nepali Olympian swimmer who achieved feats no other Nepali swimmer had accomplished before her. In 2008, Karki was able to represent Nepal in the Beijing Olympics, making her the first female swimmer from Nepal to compete in the Olympics.

She had also made history in Nepal by winning a total of twelve gold medals at the Fifth National Games, creating a new national record.

Her excellence in the sport was recognized by the Nepal Sports Journalist Federation who awarded her with the title of Best Female Player Of The Year in 2009.

Karki’s success in the sport of swimming has been an inspiration to many aspiring swimmers in Nepal and has set a new standard for athletes from the country.

5. Shreya Dhital

Shreya Dhital is an inspirational Nepalese swimmer who achieved success at the 2012 Summer Olympics. She has since then won a total of 13 medals, 11 of which are gold medals, in the 11th Galaxy Cup Swimming Championship.

Her performance in the 200m open girl’s medley was particularly impressive, finishing with a time of 3.16.35 mins. She also had very impressive times in the 50m freestyle and backstroke events, clocking 33.28 secs and 41.85 secs respectively.

Dhital’s dedication and hard work to train for these events has made her a role model for many aspiring swimmers. Her achievements have also shown that Nepalese athletes can compete with the world’s best swimmers and have the potential to reach the highest levels of the sport.

Shreya Dhital is a true inspiration and her story will continue to motivate others to strive for greatness.

6. Nayana Shakya

Nayana Shakya is a former swimmer from Nepal. Her specialty was breaststroke events, which she competed in during the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. To qualify for the Olympics, Shakya received a Universality place from the International Swimming Federation (FINA).

This allowed her to enter the competition with an entry time of 1:34.99. Her participation in the Olympic Games was a major accomplishment for Shakya and a source of pride for her country.

She is an inspiration for many female athletes from Nepal who can look up to her and aspire to reach the same heights. Her contributions to the sport of swimming are admirable, and she will always be remembered for her performance in the 2004 Olympics.

7. Prasiddha Jung Shah

Prasiddha Jung Shah is an accomplished Nepalese swimmer who has had the honor of representing his home country in the men’s 50 meter freestyle event at two Olympic Games.

Having competed at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics, Shah has demonstrated his commitment to his sport and to his country. His passion was further displayed at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games when he had the distinct privilege of serving as the flag-bearer for Nepal.

This honor is bestowed upon individuals who represent the best of their nation and have earned respect and recognition from their peers. As such, Prasiddha Jung Shah has shown himself to be an exemplary athlete and a true ambassador of Nepal.

8. Alice Shrestha

Alice Shrestha is an elite Nepalese swimmer who specializes in breaststroke events. Shrestha achieved an impressive feat by qualifying for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.

She earned a Universality place from the FINA (Fédération Internationale de Natation), which is the international governing body for aquatic sports, by posting an entry time of 1:15.49.

This was an impressive accomplishment for Shrestha, as she was able to compete on the world’s biggest stage at the Olympic Games.

She was an inspiration to many in Nepal, as she was the first Nepalese athlete to ever qualify for the Olympics and to represent her country on the world stage.

Despite not reaching the finals, Shrestha’s achievement of qualifying for the Olympics was a testament to her hard work, dedication, and skill. She will always be remembered as an inspiring athlete who represented Nepal proudly on the world stage.

9. Chitra Bahadur Gurung

Chitra Bahadur Gurung was a remarkable athlete from Nepal, who specialized in sprint freestyle events. He was a distinguished member of his nation’s swimming team and had the honour of representing Nepal at the 2000 Summer Olympics.

While attending the prestigious event, Gurung was also given the honour of being the nation’s flag bearer in the opening ceremony.

This was a testament to his great achievements in the sport and his immense respect for his country. Gurung was also a record holder in the 50m freestyle, having set the Nepalese record in the event.

His outstanding performances and passion for the sport made him a prominent figure in the Nepalese swimming community and he was celebrated for his contributions to the sport.

Gurung’s dedication and commitment to the sport is an example to aspiring athletes and serves as an inspiration to those who are looking to make a difference.

10. Sitaram Shahi

Sitaram Shahi is a Nepalese swimmer who made history in 1996 when he competed in the Summer Olympics. He was the first Nepalese swimmer to ever enter the Olympic Games and he was chosen to compete in the men’s 100 metre backstroke event.

His participation in the Olympics was an inspiration to many young swimmers in Nepal and around the world. Shahi trained hard for the 100 metre backstroke event and made sure he was in peak physical condition.

He was determined to make a good showing at the Olympics and prove that Nepal could produce Olympic-level swimmers.

Despite the fact that he did not make it to the finals of the event, Shahi’s participation was a great achievement in itself and a milestone for Nepalese swimming. The example of Shahi’s determination and hard work has encouraged many other Nepalese swimmers to follow in his footsteps.

His legacy of becoming the first Nepalese swimmer to compete in the Olympics is a source of inspiration to many and has helped open the door for other athletes from Nepal to participate in international competitions.

Thanks to Shahi, Nepalese swimmers are now given the opportunity to compete in the biggest sporting stage in the world.

11. Nishma Gurung

Nishma Gurung is an accomplished Nepalese freestyle swimmer that made history by representing her home country of Nepal at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.

Gurung was the first Nepalese swimmer to ever appear in the Olympics, and she made a great effort in the Women’s 50m Freestyle event. Unfortunately, she was unable to make much of an impression on the scoreboard, finishing in 55th place out of a field of 55 swimmers.

Her time in the event was 41.45 seconds, which was not enough to get her into the top half of the rankings.

Despite her performance at the Olympic Games, Gurung’s achievement of being the first ever Nepalese swimmer to take part in the Olympics is still celebrated to this day, and her legacy as a national hero will live on forever.


Nepal has some of the best swimmers in the world. They have achieved remarkable success at the international level, winning medals and setting records.

The country’s swimmers are dedicated to their craft and have the talent and determination to take them to the top. Nepal’s swimmers are a source of pride for the nation and an inspiration to aspiring swimmers everywhere.

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Marjan Sokolovski

I am a professional swimming coach who has been coaching for over 20 years. I have coached athletes in the Olympics and Paralympics, and I have also helped to train people across the world. I started my coaching career by teaching swimming lessons at a local pool. I was really passionate about teaching people how to swim, but I quickly realized that this wasn't enough for me. I wanted to make a difference in people's lives and help them achieve their goals. I started working with athletes in high school, college, and then professionally. The best part about coaching is that you get the opportunity to work with so many different types of people from all walks of life - it's just incredible! LinkedIn