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89th Sir John Tarbet Senior Athletics Championship 2019:

Three more meet records but power cuts delay events

Sanduni Lakshani from Walala Ratnayake CC set up a new meet record in the girls U16 400m Hurdles.
Sanduni Lakshani from Walala Ratnayake CC set up a new meet record in the girls U16 400m Hurdles.

Girls dominated the track and set up three new meet records on the second day of the 89th Sir John Tarbet Senior Athletics Championship 2019 worked off at the Sugathadasa Stadium yesterday.

The first meet record of the day was registered by Sanduni Lakshani from Walala Ratnayake CC in the U16 400m Hurdles. She clocked 1:06.00 seconds. B W G H A Rangajeewa (Viharamahadevi Girls College – Kandy) register her personal best timing of 1:06.56 seconds to finish in second place. Shashini Dilsha (Lyceum International College – Wattala) took third place with 1:07.74 seconds.

The second meet record was established by Shashikala Dilshani in the girls U20 5000m race walk with a time of 27:18.45 seconds. Dilini Sandarwaka finished second with a time of 30:00.00 seconds. Both study at Makadura CC.

Shanika Lakshani from Holy Cross College Gampaha produced the best performance in the U18 800m event. She clocked 2:13.26 seconds to take first place. W A K W Biddima Edirisooriya (2:18,00 secs) and GS Hirunika(2:18.72) both from Walala Ratnayake CC were placed second and third respectively. The second-day events were held without floodlights as there was a power cut and the running events could not be conducted in the dark.

The organizers found to their misery that power cuts meant they could not get the floodlights running even if they wanted to. Also the stadium charged Rs. 150,000 plus for one hour of floodlights where two-hour cost could book the entire stadium for another day. Power to the main building was given through a generator.


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