Vidusha, Wimalasiri shine as Army take command



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by Reemus Fernando


Vidusha Lakshani cleared 13 metres mark four times and established a new meet record. (File Pic)


National record holder Vidusha Lakshani lowered the meet record of the women’s triple jump with a feat of 13.58 metres to clearly be a cut above the rest on day one of the 10th Defence Services Athletics Championship at the Sugathadasa Stadium on Thursday.


It was the first time in these championships that the 13 metres barrier was broken, though the Army athlete had made numerous such performances elsewhere.


Ajith Premakumara won the men’s 200 metres.

Lakshani was able to clear the 13 metres mark on all her successful attempts as she came almost close to beating her national record (13.64 m). Two of her six attempts were judged foul. Her successful jumps were measured at 13.51, 13.48, 13.44 and 13.58 metres.


Incidentally, Hashini Prabodha Balasooriya (13.40m) also from Army and K.A.T. Lakshani (13.15m) of Air Force too cleared the 13 metres mark to share the silver and bronze respectively.


The former record of 12.57 metres was held by NCD Priyadharshani.


National number one in the men’s long jump, Janaka Prasad Wimalasiri further cemented his position with a feat of 8.07 metres to win the discipline ahead of training partner Amila Jayasiri.


In the men’s category Ajith Premakumara excelled with a feat of 21.22 seconds to win the day’s most sought-after sprint event, the 200 metres.


Dulanjali Ranasinghe won Navy’s only gold of the day when she cleared 1.70 metres to win the women’s high jump.


In the women’s javelin throw Dilhani Lekamge edged out national record holder and former training partner Nadeeka Lakmali by nearly two metres to win. Lekamge cleared 53.59 metres for the gold.


Rumeshika Ratnayake remained largely unchallenged in the women’s 200 metres as she led from the start to win in a time of 21.32 seconds. It was hard to separate the second and third positions with the naked eye as Nirmali Madushika pipped Nadeesha Ramanayake to win the second place in a photo finish.


(Pix by Jude Denzil Pathiraja)
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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