Parami wins first Youth Olympic medal for Sri Lanka | Daily News

Parami wins first Youth Olympic medal for Sri Lanka

Asian gold medalist Parami Wasanthi Maristella created history when she produced the first Youth Olympic medal for Sri Lanka by taking the Bronze medal in the 2000m Steeplechase in Buenos Aires, Argentina yesterday.

Parami finished third in the 2000m Steeplechase with a personal best time of 6 minutes 33.06 seconds.

Parami then finished 4th among steeplechase runners and 17th overall in the 4km cross country event held at 7.00 p.m. SL time yesterday, clocking 13 minutes and 47 seconds to clinch the Bronze medal according to points.

The gold medal was won by Kenya’s Fancy Cherono with Ethiopia’s Mekdes Abebe took the silver.

Parami earlier won the 3000m steeplechase Asian Junior Gold Medal despite being just 17 years of age. She trained under Janith Jayasinghe.

Parami has already represented Sri Lanka in two sports, as she was part of the Under-16 women’s rugby team apart from being a star youth athlete.

Earlier, high jumper Seniru Amarasinghe too excelled, but finished in fourth place. The old Royalist equalled his personal best of 2.14m and finished fourth overall. - KR


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