SL Weight lifters bag two Bronze medals on opening day | Daily News
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SL Weight lifters bag two Bronze medals on opening day

Dinusha Gomes-Chaturanga Lakmal
Dinusha Gomes-Chaturanga Lakmal

Two Sri Lankan weight lifters Chathuranga Lakmal and woman weight lifter Dinusha Gomes bagged two bronze medals for the country on the opening day of the XXI Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia yesterday.

Lakmal was the first to win the bronze in morning competing in the 56 kg weight category he lifted 249 kgs. The winners was Malaysia’s Mohamed Azrah Mohamed Izfar Hawafi who lifted 261kgs from the Snatch and Jerk to set a new Games record. The earlier Games record too was set by a Malaysian way back in 2002. India’s Gururaji won the silver medal for lifting 248 kgs, a kilo ahead of Sri Lanka’s Lakmal.

A soldier from the Commando Regiment 28 year old Lakmal who held the Sri Lanka national record was able set a new National record with his lift of 249 kgs.

Lakmal speaking to the Daily News said that his aim was to win a medal for his country which he did. He said that was confident of a medal according to his fitness on that day. Even his coach R.B. Wickramasinghe had predicted that he would win a medal because of his strong mentality.

The evening session that went on till late night saw woman lifter Dinushi Gomes win the second medal for the Lankans. She too did well to set a national record for the women’s 46 kg weight class clearing 155 kgs.

Indian Chanu Sailkho Virabai of India won the Gold medal setting another Games record for the same discipline lifting an astonishing 196 kg. Marie Saiko Roilyawas was placed second and received the silver.

Dinusha whos has been in the sport from 2006 has won many awards in Sri Lanka including the National School Games weight lifting Championship. She said that at present she has reached Asian Games qualifying standard and hopes to win another medal for Sri Lanka at the forthcoming Asian Games.

The Lankan swimmers who took to the waters yesterday failed to live up to expectations when they were beaten comprehensively. Chiranta de Silva competing in the 50 meter Butterfly event finished way behind the leaders clocking 25.13 seconds. The other swimmer to enter the waters Akalanka Pieris competing in the 50m Butterfly clocked 25.32secs.

In the evening Akalanka swimming in the 50m Back Stroke once again failed to impress when he could muster only a time of 58.68secs.

In Badminton India thrashed Sri Lanka 5-0.


 

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