Susi gets gold in Amman

by Susil Premalal in Amman, Jordan

Susanthika Jayasinghe won 100m gold medal at the 17th Asian Championships Track and Field in Amman, Jordan on Thursday (July 26).

She clocked 11.19 secs. while the silver medal winner Ta Hong of Vietnam clocked 11.33 secs. Yang Ming Shu of China won bronze with a timing of 11.54 secs.

Susanthika timed 11.35 secs. in the qualifying round of 100m where athletes from 22 countries took part. This is the first medal won by a Sri Lankan at this year’s Asian Championships.

Susanthika ran on the third lane in the women’s 100m final held as the last event on Thursday and had no trouble in clinching the first place.

Speaking to the media after the event, Susanthika said she could have had better timing had the two best Asian sprinters taken part in the 100m. "Now I aim towards winning the gold in 200m," she added.

This was the first international level appearance for Jayasinghe (baring the Grand Prix events she participated recently) following the Asian Games in Doha, Qatar, last year. She said she was expecting to do better at the International Track and Field Championships to be held in Japan next August. She will be featuring only at the 200m in the Japan event. Jayasinghe was to take part in her 200m first round yesterday night.

Nadeeka Lakmali wins bronze in women’s Javelin -

Nadeeka Lamali from Sri Lanka won bronze medal in the women’s Javelin with a distance of 52.59m.

Meanwhile the men’s Asian 100m record was shattered yesterday by Qatar’s Samuel Francis with a timing of 9.99 secs. The previous record was held by another Qatar sprinter Talal Mansoor (10.22 secs.).

Therefore the awards for the fastest athletes in this 17th Asian Championships went to both Francis and Jayasinghe.

We also can win – Amarasekara

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s men’s 400m champion Prasanna Amarasekara said on Thursday that there would be a combat between himself and the other Sri Lanka representative Asoka Jayasundara in his pet event.

"Both of us have defeated the rest of the participants of this Asian Championship at the previously held Grand Prix." he said. Sri Lanka coach Sunil Gunawardena also approved Amarasekara’s views saying both the runners were in contention for medals in the men’s 400m.

Sri Lanka’s women’s 400m participant Menaka Wickramasinghe too qualified for the finals in her event on Thursday as she was placed third in the first round. The Indian participant was more fancied to win in the finals of Menaka’s event yesterday.


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