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36th SLT Mercantile Athletics Championships

MAS Capital emerge overall champions

The Indian over 45 women’s 4 x 100m relay team comprising Caroline Vincent, Sharada Kale, Lavina Hansaraj and Dr. Pallavi Moog displaying their silver medal at the Mercantile Athletics Championships held at the Sugathadasa Stadium on Sunday.
The Indian over 45 women’s 4 x 100m relay team comprising Caroline Vincent, Sharada Kale, Lavina Hansaraj and Dr. Pallavi Moog displaying their silver medal at the Mercantile Athletics Championships held at the Sugathadasa Stadium on Sunday.

MAS Capital emerged as the overall champions at the 36th annual SLT Mercantile Athletics Championships concluded at the Sugathadasa Stadium yesterday, with Sachith Perera of NDB Bank and W.M.T.N. Kumari being adjudged the best athletes.

Organised by the Mercantile Athletic Federation (MAF), the competition attracted 2,600 entries from 52 companies with 273 events being conducted for Novices, Championship and Masters (from over 30).

The men and women athletes from MAS Capital accumulated 527 points while Sri Lanka Telecom were second with 280 followed by Sampath Bank (234), Hatton National Bank (104) and Colombo Dockyard (96).

Perera clocked 22.37 seconds to win the Men’s 200 metre championship final while Kumari won the 1,500m Women’s Championship title clocking 4 minutes 54.8 seconds.

Athletes from India gave an international flavour to this prestigious athletic competition with the Indian Masters Athletics Federation sending a 28-member contingent, including women participants who were among the medal winners in the Masters category.

Lavania Hansaraj from Mumbai was their star performer bagging two gold medals in the 100 metres and long jump events competing in the over 45 Women’s age category, in addition to two silver medals in the 200m and anchoring the 4x100m relay team which comprised Dr. Pallavi Moog, Caroline Vincent and Sharada Kale.

“It is a great feeling to win so many medals. I arrived only in the morning but I was not feeling tired. It is nice to be taking part in a competition in Sri Lanka for the first time. I love the hospitality,” said Lavania who is looking forward to competing in the Asian Masters in December spurred by her performance in Sri Lanka.

Dr. Pallavi Moog also bagged a golden double in the 400 and 800 metres in the over 40 Women’s Masters while Caroline Vincent (400m) and Sharada Kale (800m) also won gold medals for India.

“The conditions were perfect and track was excellent. The competition was also tough and the organization was excellent,” said Vincent who also claimed bronze medals in the 100 and 200 metre races in the 50-55 age group. Kale also won a silver running in the 400m 30-35 age group. She thanked the hospitality shown by Mercantile Athletic Federation, especially Sydney Rathnayake and K. Sundararajan. Yamini Nafde from Bengaluru won two silvers medals in the 800m Walking Race and Triple Jump and a bronze in the High Jump in the 50-55 age group.

The Indian 4x400m relay team comprising Clifford Wartika, Ajay Meher, B.M. Srinivas and H.B. Suresh claimed a silver running in the 50-55 age group.

Lake House athletes also sparkled with their 4x400m relay team (50-55 age group) comprising H.R.D. Uminda, D.K.I.P. Namasiri, J.A.A. Shiyam and P.D.L. Somasiri winning the final event of the competition in style clocking four minute 41.68 seconds.

Indika Prasad Namasiri, a page designer at Lake House, also bagged a golden double in the 45-50 age group winning the 100m in 12.8 seconds and 200m in 25.8. Shiyam also claimed a bronze in the 800m.

Udula Peiris also of Lake House provided a silver lining coming second in the Javelin Throw and Hammer Throw events. H.K. Sriyani claimed a silver medal in the shot putt while H.A. Samarawansa won bronze medals in the 1,500m and 3,000m races.

“It is a great achievement by our athletes to excel amid tough competition,” said G.A.I.G. Nissanka, Athletics secretary of Lake House Sports Club.

Best Athletes:

Novices women - Layesha Rathnayake (Union Bank) Triple Jump 9.46m, men – P.A.R. Lakshitha Kumara (MAS Capital) 200m 22.56seconds

Over 55 women - Shiromi Madawala (SLT) Discus Throw 21.83m, men –W.A.J. Jayalal (Hilton) Javelin Throw 41.48m

Over 50 women – P.P.M. Kodikara (SriLankan) Long Jump 3.53m, men – L.D. Samarathunga (Gateway Hotel) Discus Throw 36.24m

Over 45 women – I.L.I.K. Gunathilaka (MAS Capital) Long Jump 3.78m, men - Jude Sampath de Zoysa Siriwardena (Airport Aviation) Long Jump 5.74m

Over 40 women – A.S.P. de Silva (SriLankan) Long Jump 4.35m, men -Indika Gamlath (Colombo Dockyard) 200m 24.18s

Over 35 women - Vinoji Premarathna (Sampath Bank) Long Jump 4.26m, men - Nuwan Vidanagamage (Sampath Bank) 110m hurdles 15.42s

Over 30 women - Kumudu Priyanka (MAS Capital) 100m 13.5s, men – M.W.V.R. Nadeera Liyanage (MAS Capital) High Jump 1.90m

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