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34th Veterans’ Athletic Championship :

Gampaha District Overall winners

The overall champion Gampaha district team. Picture by Sithum Peiris, Dematagoda Group Corr.
The overall champion Gampaha district team. Picture by Sithum Peiris, Dematagoda Group Corr.

Gampaha district emerged overall champions with 502 points as the 34th Veterans’ Athletic Championship which concluded recently at the Sugathadasa Stadium. Colombo district, obtaining 421 points, became the runner-up.

The meet was sponsored by the National Lotteries Board.

The two-day event was organised by the Veterans’ Athletic Association, at which Lotteries Board Deputy General Manager Sanjeewa Edirisinghe and National Elders’ Secretariat Deputy Director M. K. Krishantha participated as the chief guests.

The overall women’s championship was won by the Gampaha district team with 192 points, while Colombo district secured the women’s runner-up position with 186 points. The men’s championship was won by Gampaha district with 310 points, while Colombo (235 points) became the runner-up.

G.M.C. Sarath Kumara of Kalutara district created a new meet record in the 35-40 age category javelin throw record with a distance of 56.92m, while M.G.L.S. Irangani, competing in the 45-50 age category, set up a mew 100m meet record of 13.4 secs. R.F.J. Rajapaksha of Colombo district quelled the 110m hurdles event with a timing of 15.4 secs. The meet is considered as the selection trials for the World Veterans’ Athletics Championship in Canada, and the National Elders’ Secretariat will provide the air tickets for selected veterans of the above 60 age category.


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