Vidushanka, Dilhani bag bronze medals to increase Sri Lanka’s tally

Athletes win four medals


Dilhani Fernando

Sri Lanka’s young athletes completed the track and field championship with four medals to help the country increase their medal tally to five medals as Kuliyapitiya Central athlete Dilhani Fernando and St. Mary’s College, Kegalle athlete Anuradha Vidushanka bagged bronze medals in their respective events at the Asian Youth Games in Nanjing China yesterday.

After missing out on a possible medal in the girls 1,500 metres, Fernando won her bronze in the girls 800 metres. Vidushanka reached his personal best of 54.05 seconds to win the medal in the boys 400 metres hurdles behind Thailand’s Thumcha Witthawat (gold - 52.79 sec) and Shooryabi Javad (silver 53.89 sec).

Fernando clocked two minutes and 15.72 seconds to finish third behind Anjana Dhavalu (2:11.47sec) and Malaysia’s Jogindr Singh (2:14.14sec). After producing her personal best in the heats on Wednesday (2:14.16sec) to qualify for the final.

While Seevali Central, Ratnapura athlete Akila Ravishanka won a silver in the boys 110m hurdles on Wednesday, Kathaluwa Central athlete Nirmali Madushika won a bronze in the girls’ 400 metres on Tuesday.

By the end of the penultimate day of the multi sports Games yesterday, Sri Lanka had won a total of four medals. Country’s other medal, a bronze, was won by Mihiliya Methsarani of Sirimavo Bandaranaike Balika, Colombo in girls singles squash.

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