Five meet records set up on second day | Daily News


Five meet records set up on second day

The Boys Steeple chase winner P.R.Galadeniya of Kegalu Vidyalaya in action. Picture by  Sulochana Gamage
The Boys Steeple chase winner P.R.Galadeniya of Kegalu Vidyalaya in action. Picture by Sulochana Gamage

Five meet records were established on the second day of the Junior Athletic championship continued at Sugathadasa Stadium yesterday.

In the Under16 200 metres event HHRS Jayasundara of Sir John Kotelawala College – Kurunegala set up a meet record clocking 16.54 seconds erasing Santhush Weerasinghe’s(22.55) record which was set up three years ago

The second meet record of the day came in the boys Under16 shot putt event when Naveen Marasingha of St Joseph College threw a distance of 16.54 metres. He broke the record. of Sanjana Sumanaweera of Royal Institute set up in 2009.

In the boys U18 hurdles Nadun Kaveesha Bandara of Royal College Colombo registered a new meet record clocking 14.37 seconds. He erased Shehan Kariyawasam(14.41) of St Josephs College record in 2017 Sewmini Sasikala from Yatiyana MV – Matara registered the new meet record in the girls U20 Hammer Throw event and she threw 30.34 metres and erased Kalutara Balika’s Shameemah Rishard(27.91) record established in 2014.

In the U16 girls long jump event Ishara Samanmali of Viharagala MV – Sooriyawewa set up a new meet record marking 5.74 meters and breaking Sadani Kaviksha of Vijitha Central Dickwella(5.48) record in 2014.

On the opening day 17- year-old Shanika Lakshani shattered Asian Junior Bronze Medalist Dilshi Kumarasinghe’s U-18 800m record clocking 2.13.12 seconds in the 800m heats, and went on to win the gold medal in the final clocking 2.14.77 seconds. However, her performance in the heats stands as the new meet record.

In other girls’ events, K. Shashikala Dilshani of Makandura MMV also established a new meet record in the 10,000m Race Walk by clocking 57.12.22 sec., while Ovini Chandrasekara of Bishop’s College, Colombo also set a new meet record in the Shot Putt event with an impressive throw of 13.19m.

In the boys’ events, Kavindu Rashmika of Lexicon International School, Kandy and Ravindu Chirath of St. Benedict’s College, Colombo, had a close finish, as they excelled in the 800m Under-18 boys’ event, They both clocked an impressive time of 1.59.41 sec. in the event to establish a new meet record. However, Kavindu was awarded first place.

Rumesh Tharanga and Hirusha Hashen of St Peter’s College also established new meet records in the U-18 Discus Throw and Long Jump events with a performance of 49.92m and 7.28m respectively.

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