Nadeeka confident of achieving World Championship qualifying mark

Establishes new Sri Lanka record


Nadeeka Lakmali has become the first Sri Lankan woman to have cleared 59 metres in the women’s javelin throw.(File Pic by Reemus Fernando)

by Reemus Fernando

National javelin champion Nadeeka Lakmali expressed hopes of qualifying for the forthcoming IAAF World Championships in Moscow after creating a new Sri Lanka record at a competition held in Finland yesterday.

"I am confident of achieving the qualifying mark," said a determined Lakmali in a telephone interview with The Island from Pihtipudas, Finland where she cleared 59.32 metres at a competition.

"I am happy that I could reach this mark. My aim is to qualify for the World Championship now," said Nadeeka who became the first Sri Lankan to have cleared the 59 metres mark in the women’s javelin yesterday.

The ‘B’ grad qualifying mark for the World Championship is 60 metres.

Both Nadeeka and men’s javelin record holder Sachith Mauranga are currently training in Finland. They will be reaching Pune from Finland for this week’s Asian Athletics Champi-onships.

According to A.J. Rodrigo, the coach of both throwers Lakmali had been averaging 60 metres during training here in Sri Lanka.

Mean-while, Maduranga has cleared a distance of 77.81 metres at the competition in Finland yesterday.

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