Uphill task for Sri Lankan marathoners



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Geethani Rajasekara will not be competing this year.


Sri Lanka’s female marathoners will face an uphill task in matching last year’s record breaking feat of Geethani Rajasekara when they compete with top class runners in the Colombo Marathon which routes from Colombo to Negombo on Sunday.


Leading local runner Geethani Rajasekara who discovered her potential at the last Colombo Marathon with a new national record is not taking part in the 2015 edition which is set to start in close proximity to BMICH at 6am on Sunday.


National marathon winner Anuradhi Bogahawatta too is an unlikely contender after she was selected for an overseas event. The other leading contenders V. Krishanthini and Manjula Kumarasinghe are likely to compete in the half marathon. Hence the second string marathoners will face an uphill task in matching Rajasekara’s feat.


Rajasekara finished second at the last Colombo Marathon with a new national record time of two hours and 47 minutes (2:47.55 secs). Later she improved the national record at the Asian Marathon Championship in Hong Kong and also qualified for both the IAAF World Championship and the Rio Olympics.


She is currently in Korea to take part in the World Military Games.


In the men’s category, it will be left for Tissa Gunasekara and Pradeep Dhammika Arunasiri to fight for honours.


Gunasekara was placed fourth behind Kenyan runners at the last edition, while Arunasiri finished seventh.


Organisers expect over 6,000 participants to compete in different categories at this year’s edition. (RF)


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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