Laxman and Lasanthi cycling champions
An open cycle race was held at Ratnapura organised by the National
Cycling Association in collaboration with the Ratnapura Cyclists
Association with participants from several districts.
The three Junior winners of the cycle race. Pictures by N P
Rajadurai - Ratnapura Special Correspondent
The distance to cover was 98 km starting from Ratnapura Municipal
Council to Balangoda and back.
In the Men's race Laxman Wijeratne from Gampaha emerged champion
completing the race in two hrs. 31 mins. 19 seconds. Jeevan Jayasinghe
from Gampaha finished in second place in two hrs. 36 mins. three
Lasanthi Gunathilaka from Gampaha who won the women’s cycle
race is seen with her trophy
Hemantha Kumara also from Gampaha finished third taking two hrs. 36
minutes and three seconds.
In the women's race, which started in front of Ratnapura MC upto
Pelmadulla and back Lasanthi Gunathilake from Gampaha won first place
completing the race in one hour, 26 minutes.
Niluka Sishyamali from Colombo District took the second place and
Manori Kumari from Ampara finished third.
In the Junior Cycle Race 49 kilometres from Ratnapura to Pelmadulla,
Dileep Prabath from Gampaha became first completing the distance in two
hrs. 36 mins. 57 seconds. Denitha Rajapakse from Colombo finished second
in two hrs. 36 mins. 57 secs and Nadeesa Rudira from Gampaha finished
third in two hrs. 36 mins. 57 secs.
In the Junior Men's Race with a distance of 49 kms Shiran Fernando
from Kurunegala became first in 1 hr. 12 mins. k 49. Nirantha Fernando
from Colombo finished in second place in one hr. 12 mins. k 49, D P C
Ranjith from Colombo finished third in 1 hr. 12 mins. k 49.
Junior Women's Race from Ratnapura to Balangoda Dineesha Dilrukshi
from Kurunegala became first finishing in 33 mins. k 48, Aseka
Rudrangani from Anuradhapura finished second in 33 mins. k 48 and
Sudharshani Disheni from Kurunegala finished third in 33 mins, k 48.
Ratnapura Mayor J M Chandradasa Jayasinghe functioned as the starter. He
along with the President of Sri Lanka Cycling Federation distributed
prices and certificates.
The President of Ratnapura Cyclists Association Thusitha made all
arrangements to conduct races successfully.