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Vinoj, Randi win best athlete titles at Diyagama



Athletes line up to face starter’s orders in an Under 16 track event on Sunday

CT & FC Athletics Championships

by Reemus Fernando

Former national record holder of the 100 metres, Vinoj Suranjaya and reigning national triple jump champion Randi Cooray won the best athlete titles in the open category while Lyceum International Wattala athletes Janadi Chamya and Heshan Dulanjana grabbed the top awards in the most competitive age group of the CT & FC Athletics championships concluded at Diyagama on Sunday.

The two-day championship was taken part by hundreds of athletes despite wet weather hampering both days. Suranjaya who was not in his best form during recent competitions came up with an impressive 10.3 seconds feat to win the men’s 100 metres.

It was adjudged the best feat in the men’s open category.

In the women’s category, Randi Cooray won the award for her feat of 13.07 metres in the triple jump.

With almost all provincial level competitions concluded, many junior athletes took the opportunity to test their skills ahead of next month’s All Island Schools Games. Of all age categories, the Under 16 age group was the most competitive.

Lyceum duo Heshan Dulanjana and Janadi Chamya won the awards for the best efforts in that age category. While Dulanjana cleared 6.12 metres to win the Under 16 long jump, Chamya cleared 9.99 metres in the girls’ triple jump.

The best athlete awards in the Under 18 age category too were won by jumpers.

Svindi Denethra of Saman Athletics Academy won the girls’ Long Jump with a feat of 4.87 metres, while D.M.H.K. Dissanayake of Gnanodaya Central, Wariyapola cleared a distance of 6.83 metres in the Under 18 boys’ long jump.

It was the 58th edition of the championship conducted by the Ceylonese Track and Field Club, which is one of the oldest track and field clubs affiliated to Sri Lanka Athletics.

According to organizers close to thousand athletes took part in the championships at Diyagama despite wet weather.

Athletes and their representatives with the awards they won at the CT & FC Athletics Championships.

Most Outstanding Athletes of Various Categories 

Under 14 Girls’: Haroon Hasan of Saman Athletics Academy (100m 13.3 secs)

Under 14 Boys’:

H.D.O.Y. Wijeratne of Taxila College, Horana (long jump 5.46 metres)

Under 16 Girls’:

H.A. Janadi Chamya of Lyceum International, Wattala (triple jump 9.99 metres) 

Under 16 Boys’:

V.P. Heshan Dulanjana of Lyceum International, Wattala (long jump 6.12 metres)

Under 18 Girls’:

M.A.D. Svindi Denethra of Saman Athletics Academy (long jump 4.87 metres)

Under 18 Boys’:

D.M.H.K. Dissanayake of Gnanodaya Central, Wariyapola (long jump 6.83 metres)

Under 20 Girls’:

Ranindi Pehansa Gamage of Dharmapala College, Pannipitiya (high Jump 1.65 metres)

Under 20 Boys’:

K.P. Ravindu Ashen of Sangabodi Central, Nittambuwa (triple jump 15.06 metres) 

Open Women’s:

Randi Cooray of Sri Lanka Army (triple jump 13.07 metres)

Open Men’s:

Vinoj Suranjaya de Silva of Sprinters Sri Lanka (100 metres 10.3 secs)

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Methwan wins marathon encounter



ITF Junior Circuit Tennis

Methwan Wijemanne overcame Josh Hinton of Great Britain in a marathon three and half hour battle to win the first-round encounter of the ITF Junior Circuit Week 1 Tennis Event at the Sri Lanka Tennis Association courts on Tuesday.

Wijemanne scored 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 against Hinton.

ITF Junior Circuit Tennis Tournament which is currently underway in Colombo will conclude on February 5.

Meanwhile, in another first-round encounter, Nithila Goonathilake beat Aryan Mehata of India 6-3, 6-0.

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England Lions strongly placed



Sadeera Samarawickrama with 43 runs was the top scorer for Sri Lanka.

Top-order batsmen Alex Lees, Haseeb Hameed and Tom Haines scored half-centuries for visiting England Lions to reach 249 for three wickets at stumps after they dismissed the hosts for 136 on day one of the unofficial Test at Galle on Tuesday.

Sadeera Samarawickrama with 43 runs was the top scorer for Sri Lanka.


Sri Lanka ‘A’

136 all out in 35.4 overs (Oshada Fernando 21, Sadeera Samarawickrama 43, Lakshaitha Manasinghe 26; Matthew Fisher 5/34, Liam Patterson-White 3/51)

England Lions

249 for 3 in 48 overs (Alex Lees 56, Haseeb Hameed 81, Tom Haines 62, Josh Bohannon 26n.o.; Lasith Embuldeniya 2/89)

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Hathurusingha named Bangladesh head coach



Bangladesh Cricket Board, on Tuesday (31), said that Chandika Hathurusingha has been named as the new head coach for a two-year period. He is expected to join the set-up in February.

“We have appointed Hathurusingha for two years as across the format head coach,” BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury was quoted by Cricbuzz as having said.

The former Sri Lanka all-rounder had earlier served as the head coach of Bangladesh from 2014 to 2017. He has also served in various coaching positions with Sri Lanka, Canada, NSW and Sydney Thunder.

In his previous coaching tenure, Bangladesh had won ODI series against India, Pakistan and South Africa, alongside achieving Test victories versus Sri Lanka, England and Australia. During his stint, Bangladesh also reached the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy in 2017.

“It’s an honour to have been given this opportunity to coach the Bangladesh national team once again. I really loved the warmth of the people and the culture of Bangladesh whenever I have been there. I’m looking forward to working with the players once again and enjoy their successes,” he said in a press release.

Cricbuzz had earlier reported that BCB is unlikely to continue with split coaching and Hathurusingha is the front-runner to replace Russell Domingo, who resigned before completing his stint that ran until the end of the 50-over ICC World Cup.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh’s Test and T20I skipper Shakib Al Hasan remained tightlipped on the return of Hathurusingha as the head coach. No comments,” it’s all right,” he said, without elaborating further.

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