Dharshana wins gold with record

Dilshi, Kodikara, Amasha dazzle with silvers


Sri Lanka’s participants led by Weera Keppetipola MV, Akuramboda sprinter Aruna Dharshana did remarkably well to establish at least one meet record on their way to winning one gold and three silvers on a highly successful day two of the Asian Junior Athletics Championship in Gifu, Japan yesterday.

Dharshana, the athlete trained by Asanka Rajakaruna, established a new meet record as he clocked 45.79 seconds to win the gold ahead of compatriot Pasindu Kodikara. The Maliyadeva College, Kurunegala sprinter’s silver winning time was 46.98 seconds.

With his remarkable feat Dharshana is now the fastest Sri Lankan at any level in this distance and his personal best performance is the fastest by a Sri Lankan in as many as 11 years.

While Asian Games medallist Sugatha Thilakaratne holds Sri Lanka record in this distance, the last Sri Lankan to run 400m this fast was Rohan Pradeep Kumara.

With two of Sri Lanka’s 400m sprinters finishing on the podium a 4x400m gold is what could be expected when they compete in the relay later in this meet.

Ratnayake Central, Walala damsel Dilshi Kumarasinghe established a new Sri Lanka Junior record as she erased her previous record with a personal best of 54.03 second to win silver behind India’s Jisna Mathew.

Swarnamali Balika sprinter Amasha de Silva clocked personal best of 11.71 seconds to win silver in the 100m. It was the second time the athlete trained by Sanjeewa Weerakkody bettered the IAAF World Under-20 Championship entry standards (11.80 seconds) in this meet.

It was the first time since 1994 that a Sri Lankan sprinter won a medal of any colour in this discipline. In 1994 Susanthika Jayasinghe (200m - Gold, 100m - Silver) and Damayanthi Dharsha (100m - Gold, 200m - Silver) won medals at the Jakarta edition.

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