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
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
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
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