87th National Athletic Championships:
Two records lowered at Athletic C’ships
Soldiers Chaminda Wijekoon and Rohitha Pushpakumara were adjudged as
the best men athletes while Chandrika Subhashini of Sri Lanka Air Force
was named as the best women athlete at the 87th National Athletic
Championships which came to a conclusion at the Sugathadasa Stadium last
This year’s meet only saw two new Sri Lanka records produced and one
meet record equalled.
Rohitha Pushpakumara crossed the finish line ahead of Prasanna
Amarasekera who stepped onto the track after a long interval, clocking
47.01 seconds in the men’s 400m event. Pushpakumara had a terrific run
but still failed to reach the barrier of 46.92 seconds which is set as
the minimum standard to qualify for the forthcoming 18th Asian
Championships in China.
In the women’s 400m, Chandrika Subhashini clocked 53.96 seconds to
secure the first place but she also failed to make her way to China by
15th of a second.
M.N.D. Muthunayake of Sri Lanka Navy equalled her own meet record in
the women’s shot put event when she threw 14.24m.
Even then she was nowhere near the minimum mark of qualification for
the China meet.
In the men’s high jump final, A.D.N.P. Ratnasiri of Sri Lanka Army
cleared 2.11 to be placed first ahead of Udara Silva of Lanka Lions
Sports Club who too cleared the same height.
In the men’s javelin throw, three athletes threw the same distance of
67.39m. R.P.W. Lakshan of Sri Lanka Navy was placed first ahead of
soldier D.S. Ranasinghe who was placed second and Sachith Maduranga of
Colombo DAA who came third.
S.M. Weerasuriya of Sri Lanka Navy finished first in the men’s 100m
clocking 10.83 seconds.
In the women’s 100m final, Premila Priyadarshani of Sri Lanka Air
Force became the fastest women in the meet when she finished first with
a time of 12.11 seconds.
Sri Lanka Teclecom had come forward to sponsor this year’s meet too
and the Chairperson Sri Lanka Telecom Leisha De Silva Chandrasena was
the chief guest at the closing ceremony.
Horlicks Challenge Trophy: Sprint event (men) - I. M. R. Pushpa
Kumara (Sri Lanka Army) - 400 m (47.01 sec).
Chandi Kannangara Memorial Trophy: Sprints (women) - R. M. C.
Rasnayaka (Sri Lanka Air Force) - 400 m (53.96 sec).
N. M. Vasagam Challenge Trophy: Jumping events (men) - M. G. C. N.
Gamage (Sri Lanka Army) - triple jump (15.38 m).
Grayline Group Challenge Trophy: Jumps (women) - N. C. D.
Priyadarshani (Sri Lanka Navy) - Long Jump (6.23 m).
C. C. Dissanayake Challenge Trophy: Throwing (men) - R. P. W. Lakshan
(Sri Lanka Nay) (67.39 m).
HNB Challenge Trophy: Throws (women) - M. N. D. Muthunayaka (Sri
Lanka Navy) - shot put (14.24 - equalled meet record).
Duncan White Challenge Trophy: Hurdles (men) - Y. P. Y. Ajith (Sri
Lanka Army) - 400 m hurdles (52.87 sec).
Glucoline Challenge Trophy: Hurdles (women) - U. G. D. Sandamali (Sri
Lanka Air Force) - 400 m hurdles (1:01.67 min).
Governor Generals Cup: Middle and Long Distance events (men) - W. M.
C. I. Wijekoon (Sri Lanka Army) - 1500 m (3:43.80 min - NSLR*).
Huxley’s Wintergino Challenge Trophy: Middle and Long Distance
(women) - N. M. C. Dilrukshi (Sri Lanka Army) - 800 m (2:09.96 sec).
Nagalingam Ethirweerasingam Trophy: Best High Jumper - A. D. N. P.
Rathnasiri (Sri Lanka Army) (2.11 m).
The Colombo Canteen Committee Challenge Trophy: Best women’s athlete
- R. M. C. Rasnayaka (Sri Lanka Air Force) - 400 m (53.96 sec).
Wilson Bartleet Challenge Trophy: Best men’s athlete - W. M. C. I.
Wijekoon (Sri Lanka Army) - 1,500 m (3:43.80 sec). I. M. R. Pushpakumara
(Sri Lanka Army) - 400 m (47.01 sec).