Bhutan Athletes Gear Up for Olympics: Lam Dorji Leads the Charge

As the countdown begins for the much-awaited 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris, Bhutanese athletes are primed and ready to showcase their prowess on the global stage. Among them, national archery stalwart Lam Dorji stands out, poised to make his mark in the prestigious event.

Lam Dorji, hailing from Samdrupjongkhar and a seasoned member of the Bhutan Archery Federation (BAF), will embark on his Olympic journey early, traveling to France on July 10. Accompanied by his experienced Korean coach, Park Young Sook, Lam has devoted countless hours to rigorous training in preparation for this pinnacle of athletic achievement.

At 28 years old, Lam brings a wealth of international experience, having competed in 20 tournaments worldwide. His current personal best stands at an impressive 644 points, reflecting his dedication and skill in the sport he loves.

“I am excited and honored to represent Bhutan at the Olympics,” Lam expressed eagerly, highlighting the significance of this opportunity. “It’s every athlete’s dream, and I am determined to give my best performance yet.”

Despite his achievements, Lam acknowledges the challenges ahead, particularly amidst stiff competition from archers worldwide. Undeterred, he remains optimistic about surpassing his personal records and making a memorable debut at the Olympics.

Joining Lam in this historic endeavor are two other Bhutanese athletes: swimmer Sangay Tenzin and runner Kinzang Lhamo. Sangay, currently honing his skills under a Russian coach in Phuket, Thailand, aims to make a splash in the swimming events, while Kinzang, the lone female participant, prepares for the grueling 42-kilometer marathon.

Kinzang Lhamo, a 25-year-old army personnel from Trashigang, has been diligently training in Thimphu under the guidance of the Bhutan Amateur Athletic Federation (BAAF). Her journey to the Olympics marks her inaugural international competition, driven by a determination to surpass her personal best of 3 hours and 26 minutes in the marathon.

“I am ready to take on this challenge,” Kinzang affirmed, reflecting on her preparations and the opportunity to represent Bhutan on a global platform. “The Olympics present a new level of competition, and I am eager to test my limits.”

While uncertainties loom regarding the plain terrain of the marathon course, BAAF officials commend Kinzang’s consistent performance and unwavering commitment, underscoring her potential to shine at the Games.

With their sights set on Tokyo, these athletes embody Bhutan’s spirit of perseverance and ambition, embodying the essence of sportsmanship and national pride. As they embark on their Olympic journey, the nation stands united in cheering them on, hopeful for a celebration of triumphs and memorable performances in Paris.

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