Dulakshi regains steeplechase national record


By Reemus Fernando

Sri Lanka Air Force athlete Eranga Dulakshi regained her Sri Lanka record in the women’s 3000 metres steeplechase, as she eased to victory, with a time of 10:29.47 seconds, on the final day of the first leg of the Athletics League, which ended here at Diyagama, on Sunday. It was one of two national records to be shattered during the two-day meet, where some of the top athletes warmed up for the forthcoming Asian Grand Prix, which will be held next week, in Thailand.

Dulakshi broke the record set by W. K. L. A. Nimali, to whom she lost her record last year. Nimali did not take part in the event.

In the women’s pole vault, Sri Lanka Air Force’s Lakrani Perera cleared 3.25 metres to establish a new record.

Thrower Lakshan Dayaratne, 400 metres specialist Chandrika Subashini and high jumper Manjula Kumara made best use of the Athletics League to warm-up for the Asian Grand Prix.

While Dayaratne cleared a distance of 72.85 metres to win the men’s javelin event, Subashini clocked 54.05 seconds to win the women’s 400 metres.

There was anticipation that Athens Olympic participant Manjula Kumara would clear 2.28 metres to achieve qualifying standards for the Olympics in the men’s high jump. He cleared a height of 2.16 metres with ease to win the event, but failed in his attempt to clear the record height.

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