Randeniya, Thilina come up with notable feats

Sir John Tarbet Senior Championships


Royal College athlete Thilina Karunaratne competes in the Under-20 boys’ high jump. Karunaratne established a new meet record.

(Pic by Kamal Wanniarachchi)

by Reemus Fernando

Ranabima Royal, Gannoruwa hurdler Supun Viraj Randeniya smashed the Under-20 boys’ 110 metres record, while Royal College athlete Thilina Karunaratne produced a scintillating high jump feat which was just two centimeters shy of what his coach and Sri Lanka record holder Manjula Kumara produced on a grass track, a week ago, on the first day of the Sir John Tarbet Senior Athletics Championship at the Sugathadasa Stadium, on Friday.

The performances of Randeniya and Karunaratne were probably the best of the day where a few other records were also established.

Randeniya, who has clocked much faster runs in the junior hurdles, was making a return without proper training after his AL examinations, but did well to claim the record in the Under-20 boys’ 110 metres hurdles, as he clocked 14.04 seconds.

Competing in the Under-20 boys’ high jump, Asian Junior Athletics championship participant Karunaratne cleared 2.16 metres, a new record height, with comprehensive ease, despite wet weather conditions on the synthetic track. Karunaratne lowered a long standing record (2.15m), held by Rangana Pigera of Nalanda College, since 2001.

"I didn’t expect it (record), under these (weather) conditions, but it turned out well for me," a delighted Karunaratne told ‘The Island’.

Incidentally, Manjula Kumara, his coach cleared a height of 2.18 metres (on a grass track), to emerge as the Best Athlete at the recently held National Sports Festival athletics championship, at Nawalapitiya.

Karunaratne raised the bar to 2.18 metres but failed to clear the mark.

While Amanthi Silva of St. Bridget’s Convent, Colombo, established a new record in the Under-20 girls’ discus throw (42.8 metres), Maris Stella College jumper Vinura Lakmal cleared 7.15 metres to establish a record in the Under-18 boys’ long jump.

There were at least two other impressive new meet record marks. Seevali Central, Ratnapura sprinter Samith Lakmal clocked 22.19 seconds in the Under-18 boys’ 200 metres semi-finals, to establish a new meet record.

St. Joseph’s Balika, Kegalle, sprinter R. M. R. Kumari Rathnayake clocked 25.21 seconds in the Under-18 girls’ 200 metres semi-final to establish a new record.

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