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Sri Lanka win five medals at Asian Youth Athletics Championship 

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by Reemus Fernando   

Wickramabahu National School, Gampola athlete Nirmali Wickramasinghe won the silver medal in the girls’ 800 metres as Sri Lanka’s medal count increased to five at the Asian Youth Athletics Championships in Kuwait. Wickramasinghe clocked 2:15.42 seconds to clinch the silver behind India’s Ashakiran Barla, who returned a time of 2:06.79 seconds to claim the gold.  Despite the country’s best medal hopeful Madushani Herath failing to win a medal in the girls’ long jump, Sri Lanka youth team were enjoying the highest medal count in this four-editions-old Championships as five athletes clinched medals in Kuwait.

Lyceum International, Panadura athlete Razwin Carrim was competing in the long jump when this edition went to press in the evening yesterday, the last day of the meet. Of the other seven athletes who competed during the first three days, five accounted for five medals.  Thurstan College sprinter Salamuthu Jayathilaka and Sir John Kothalawala College, Kurunegala athlete Theminda Rajapaksa opened the medal hunt clinching the silver and bronze respectively in the boys’ 400 metres on Friday. Jayathilaka clocked 48.58 seconds to finish second, while Rajapaksa returned a time of 48.70 seconds for his bronze.

In the boys’ high jump, where the winner scaled a height of 2.21 metres, the Sri Lankan duo settled for the silver and bronze. Bodagama M.V., Thanamalwila athlete Deneth Anuhas cleared a height of 2.01 metres for his silver. D.S. Senanayake College, Colombo athlete Lesandu Arthavidu cleared a height of 1.97 metres for his bronze. Of the ten athletes who competed only the first three cleared the 1.97 metres mark. The four-day championship which was scheduled to culminate yesterday was originally scheduled for 2021 but was postponed due to the Covid 19 pandemic.

When Sri Lanka competed in the debut championships in Doha the country won four medals including a gold. That remained the highest medal count until this edition as Sri Lanka won only two (2017- 1-silver, 1-bronze) and three (2019- 2- silver, 1-bronze) medals respectively in the next two editions.



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Tharushi, Nirmali improve meet records in 800 metres

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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).

Janith Shenal of Lyceum International, Wattala in action in the Under 18 boys’ discus throw.

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Royal Institute karatekas excel winning 32 medals

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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).

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Nadun equals Randeniya’s national junior record

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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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