Five gold medals for SL, placed among top teams

Asian Schools Athletics Championships in China


by Reemus Fernando

Sri Lanka schools athletes Ryan Wickramaratne, Uditha Chandrasena, Nipun Kaldera, Poornima Gunaratne and Subhani Abhayarathna won gold medals in their respective events at the Asian Schools Athletics Championship concluded in Wuhan, China on Tuesday.

Sri Lanka Schools Athletics Association (SLSAA) said that the five athletes had won their respective events to place the boys’ and girls’ teams among top teams in Asia.

Maris Stella College, Negombo duo Wickramaratne and Chandrasena won the boys’ 400 metres (49.03 secs) and 300 metres hurdles (37.86 secs), respectively.

Leeds International School, Panadura athlete Poornima Gunaratne has cleared a height of 1.71 metres to win the girls’ high jump.

St. Joseph’s Balika, Kegale hurdler Subhani Abhayarathna has returned a time of 44.81 seconds to win the girls’ 300 metres hurdles.

Loyola College, Negombo triple jumper Kaldera won his event with a feat of 14.50 metres.

Lakshman Hapuarachchi, the treasurer of the SLSAA who is in Wuhan as the team manager told The Island that the girls’ medley relay team had been placed third while boys’ medley relay team had missed a medal due to a failure in baton change.

"Although the competition was conducted as a team championship, winners in individual events were awarded medals," said Hapuarachchi in a telephone interview.

Sri Lanka’s position in the team championship was not known at the time this edition went to press.

Meanwhile, Ambagamuwa MV hurdler Dineshika Ranatunga (300 m hurdles – 45.47secs), Thirangana Thanthirimalage of Maliyadeva Balika (high jump- 1.68m), L.P.G. Dananjaya of Joseph Vaz College, Wennappuwa (long jump- 7.16m) and Omaya Udayangani of Welimada Central (400m- 57.16 secs) have been placed second in their events.

Wickramaratne has won the third place in the long jump as well (7.01 metres).

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