The national player Niluka Karunaratna won the menís singles,
menís doubles and mixed doubles titles to clinch a triple crown
at Senior National Badminton Championships which ended on
December 18 at Royal College Sports Complex, Colombo.
The Championships were organized by the Sri Lanka Badminton
Association for the 54th consecutive year.
Niluka put a stunning performance to grab the menís single
title for the sixth successive year registering a 2 to nil
convincing win against Eranga Fernando. In the semi-finals
Niluka overcame Yehan Ranasinghe posting a 2 to nil easy win,
while Eranga beat Amila Yatapana 2 to nil.
Niluka again played brilliantly when he displayed a classy
performance in menís doubles with his partner Chamira
Kumarapperuma. They outplayed A. Lakshan and H. Chanka beating
the opponents 2 to nil. They then defeated K. Jayawardena and R.
Dahanayaka 2-1 to reach the final while Lakshan and Chanka beat
Diluka Karunaratna and Dinuka Karunaratna 2 -1 in the other
Mixed doubles final was the decisive match for Niluka for him
to take a triple crown which he was to achieve for the first
time at a Senior National. Niluka and J. Thilini won the title 2
to nil against Kamal Gamlath and Chandrika. They beat P.
Indrajith and Uma Perera in the first semi-final while Kamal and
Chandrika received a walk-over from Diluka K and Sulochana
Ariyadasa in the second semis.
Meanwhile Chandrika de Silva outshone in the womenís category
when she bagged the womenís single title with an entertaining 2
to nil victory over Thilini Jayasinghe. In the semi-finals
Chandrika beat Nadeesha Gayanthi 2 to nil while Thilini
inflicted a 2-1 win over Sulochana Ariyadasa.
Nadeesha and R. Rasangi won the womenís doubles after beating
Chandrika and Dihani 2-1. They beat R. Ruvini and Peushani Silva
2 to nil in the semi-final while Chandrika and Dilhani received
a walk-over in the other semis.
Results of Finals:
Masters singles (over-50) - P. Amarasinghe beat R.
Bongso 2-1 (15/21, 25/23, 21/9)
Masters double (over-50) - D. Gunaratne and Terry Miskin
beat M. Amarasinghe and M. Chandrathilake 2-0 (21/17, 21/7)
Menís veterans single (over-40) - N. Wijekoon beat Anoj
Thilakaratne 2-0 (21/8, 21/4)
Menís veterans doubles (over-40) Ė N. Wijekoon and A.
Weerasinghe beat Sumith Guruge and S. Wickramanayake 2-0 (21/14,
Plate event for Menís- N. Hettiarachchi beat N. Mahinda
2-1 (21/16, 13/21, 21/14).