Eagles’ Monsoon Cup Golf Tournament
Deannath Kulatunge and Suwaneetha Selvaratnam won the gents and ladies titles respectively of the Eagles’ Monsoon Cup Golf Tournament concluded at the picturesque China Bay, close to the harbour city of Trincomalee on Saturday.
Kulatunge topped the gents category, while Selvaratnam lead the table in the ladies category to clinch the titles. Olga Ashely Herath settled for the runners up position in the gents category while Roshini Indira Sangani secured the runners up position in the ladies category.
Dihan Dedigama and Commodore KMMP Karunathilake received the awards for the longest drive and for the ‘nearest to the pin’ in the gents category, while Dinali de Zoysa and Margot Sellayah took the honours for the longest drive and for the ‘nearest to the pin’ respectively in the ladies’ category. Air Vice Marshal Rohan Pathirage received the award for the Wooden Spoon.
The inaugural Eagles’ Monsoon Cup Golf Tournament was hosted by Sri Lanka Air Force and the Eagles’ Golf Links. The Commander of the Air Force, Air Marshal Sudarshana Pathirana graced the tournament as the Chief Guest. The tournament was powered by Huawei Technologies Lanka Company (Pvt) Limited as the main sponsor. The SLAF was also joined by Trinco Blu by Cinnamon this year as the hospitality partner.
The tournament was played under Stableford Scoring System and started in the morning with the participation of more than eighty (80) enthusiastic golfers including ten (10) women and a few foreign nationals together with the High Commissioner for Pakistan in Sri Lanka, Major General Umar Farooq Burki (Retd). The Commander participated for the first Tee Off signifying the start of the tournament.
The Eagles’ Monsoon Defence Challenge Trophy presented to members of the Tri-Services (Men’s Category) was won by Wing Commander Lakmal Gunawardena from the SLAF. Captain PM Mummullage from SL Navy emerged as the Runner Up for the Eagles’ Monsoon Defence Challenge Trophy. The player with the best total net was Wing Commander Lakmal Gunawardena in the Six hidden holes competition segment.
The awards of the inaugural Eagles’ Monsoon Cup were given away at a gala Awards Ceremony held at ‘Marble Beach Air Force Resort’ during the evening of the same day. Air Force Commander Air Marshal Sudarshana Pathirana was the Chief Guest with Mrs. Charmini Pathirana.
Tharushi, Nirmali improve meet records in 800 metres
All Island Schools Athletics Championships
by Reemus Fernando
Ratnayake Central, Walala prodigy Tharushi Karunaratne and Asian Youth Athletics Championship medallist Nirmali Wickramasinghe smashed meet records as they further boosted girls’ 800 metres as the most promising athletics discipline in the women’s category in Sri Lanka on day four of the All Island Schools Athletics Championships at the Sugathadasa Stadium on Monday.
World Junior Championship participant Karunaratne slashed nearly four seconds from Dilshi Kumarasinghe’s 2017 record (2:12.28 seconds) as she won the Under 20 girls’ 800 metres in a time of 2:08.16 seconds.
It was the third meet record she established during this meet. She erased the 400 metres and 4×400 metres relay records before reaching the 800 metres as the clear favourite. She has also had under her belt the 200 metres title of that age category.
In the Under 18 age category Nirmali Wickramasinghe of Wickramabahu National School, Gampola lived up to her billing as she erased one of the older records in the meet. She returned a time of 2:13.09 seconds to beat the 2003 record (2:13.49 secs) held by Kushani Nelum Kularatne of Elapatha MV.
The day’s fastest performance in the 800 metres was produced by Kavishka Sri Bandara (Elapatha MV) who came almost close to breaking the meet record with a feat of 1:52.67 seconds in the Under 20 boys’ event. He has further cemented his place as the fastest athlete of this discipline in the Junior category this year slashing nearly two seconds off his June performance.
In the Under 18 boys’ category Roshen Fernandopulle of Maris Stella College, Negombo ran two solid laps though he only managed only clock sub two minutes (1:59.87).
Ashmika Keshan Korala of Yoshida International School, Sapugaskanda emerged victorious in the Under 20 boys’ triple jump as he cleared 15.57 metres to create a new meet record. Korala broke the record held by Chamal Kumarasiri (15.52m-2015).
Royal Institute karatekas excel winning 32 medals
Inter–International Schools Karate Championship 2022
Karatekas from Royal Institute Colombo secured 32 medals in four categories at the recently concluded Inter–International Schools Karate Championship at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium.
They clinched 14 gold, four silver and 14 bronze medals while winning titles in the under 11, 12, 13 and 14 age categories.
The team competed under the guidance of coach Shihan Seeta Wijewardana. The winners of various categories were: Under 11 – Bhagya Leelarathna (Nugegoda Branch), Under 12 – Sanuli Nethara (Nugegoda Branch), Under 13 – Mahira Mariam (Maya Avenue Branch) and Under 14 – Saveen Imanga (Nugegoda Branch).
Nadun equals Randeniya’s national junior record
Samadi shatters 14-year-old meet record
All Island Schools Games Athletics Championships
by Reemus Fernando
Royal College athlete Nadun Bandara equaled the national junior record in the 110 metres hurdles and Samadi Lakshani Dissanayake of Swarnamali Balika, Kandy took under her belt the meet record in the Under 20 100 metres hurdles as they breathed new life to sprint hurdles on day four of the All Island Schools Athletics Championships at the Sugathadasa Stadium on Monday.
The premier schools event had not witnessed a sub 14 seconds performance in the Under 20 age category until the World Junior Championship participant blazed the track with a scintillating 13.64 seconds finish yesterday.
Bandara shattered Josephian Sheshan Kariyawasam’s meet record (14.21 secs- 2018) and equaled Supun Viraj Randeniya’s National Junior record, which the latter had established ten years ago in Ranchi.
With his latest feat Bandara has his name written against all age group (Under 16 100m in 2018 , Under 18 110m in 2019 and Under 20 110m) hurdles records of this meet.
In the girls’ Under 20 100 metres hurdles, Swarnamali Balika athlete Samadi Lakshani Dissanayake shattered Harshani Wijesinghe’s meet record (14.66 secs) established in 2008 with a feat of 14.55 seconds.
In a remarkable field event achievement, Hasitha Kavinda Dissanayake of Gnanodaya M.M.V, Wariyapola cleared 15.14 metres to establish a new meet record in the Under 18 boys’ triple jump. It was the first time that an athlete in his age category cleared the 15 metres barrier in the Under 18 triple jump at these championships.
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