Thiron praises Dhammika’s medal winning feat at CYG


by Reemus Fernando

Thiron Indika Gamage, the jubilant coach of high jumper Roshan Dhammika Ranatunga, who won a silver medal at the ongoing Commonwealth Youth Games, showered praise on his trainee for overcoming the set back suffered following the IAAF World Youth Championship.

Despite being below his personal best, Roshan Dhammika Ranatunga managed to win the silver medal of the boys high jump at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa on Monday as he cleared a height of 2.11 metres.

Gamage said that it was a ‘more than enough’ performance as Ranatunga had trained only for three weeks after recovering from an injury.

"We trained only for three weeks and could do only five days of jumping before going to Samoa. In that situation Roshan has done really well. He was disappointed after the IAAF World Youth Championship because he could not do well there. He was injured. Today’s medal victory is a real morale booster for him. I am proud of him," Gamage told The Island.

The athlete from Kularatne MV, Godakawela has a personal best of 2.12 metres against his name.

While India’s Tejaswin Shankar has cleared 2.14 metres for gold, Lashane Wilson of Jamaica has settled for the bronze also with a feat of 2.11 metres.

Roshan Dhammika Ranatunga emerged as a future prospect for Sri Lanka during last year when he broke couple of schools records held by National Record holder Manjula Kumara.

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