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Veteran boxers go down without a fight

Sri Lanka's Ishan Bandara (blue) lands a left hook against England's Kiaran MacDonald in the flyweight round of 16 contest.  Pictures by Prince Gunasekera
Sri Lanka's Ishan Bandara (blue) lands a left hook against England's Kiaran MacDonald in the flyweight round of 16 contest. Pictures by Prince Gunasekera

Sri Lanka’s boxers promised to come out fighting for glory at the XXII Commonwealth Games but none of three boxers who crashed out of the boxing competition in the preliminary round hardly threw a punch in anger.

Layton Cup Best Boxer Sanjeewa Bandara Rajakaruna who was the first to enter the ring in the men’s over 60kg-63.5kg (Light welter) round of 32 clash, was virtually outclassed by young England star Joseph Tyers who stopped his next opponent from Papua New Guinea. It was like a biblical David vs Goliath encounter with the England boxer towering over his shorter and stockily built rival, using his reach advantage to craftily keep Rajakaruna at bay and peppering him with left jabs at will.

Much was expected from 2018 Gold Coast bronze medallist Ishan Bandara in the men’s over 48kg-51kg (flyweight) round of 16 contest at NEC Boxing Hall on Monday against another 22-year-old Englishman Kiaran MacDonald. However, the veteran Sri Lankan champion from Army virtually froze against the southpaw blinded by his speed, accuracy, and deft footwork. He constantly kept looking to his corner for advice as if he was fighting a southpaw for the first time in his career. MacDonald who featured in the World Boxing Championship was in control of the contest from the opening bell. Bandara look ungainly on occasions and hardly threw his powerful right hand while missing with his left hooks.

Another veteran campaigner Vimukthi Kumara looked more menacing than the youngster from Guyana Keevin Allicock in the over 54-57kg (featherweight) round of 16 contest. The Guyanese displayed better ringcraft and ring generalship to outbox his tougher opponent with speed and finesse to dominate the bout. Vimukthi Kumara came out swinging after some time in desperation but failed miserably in his attempt to make an impact looking leaden footed as Allicock ran circles around him to win with ease. Olympic Women's 200m Backstroke champion Kaylee McKeown added the Commonwealth title for Australia with a Games record winning time of 2:05.60 to take gold ahead of Canada's Kylie Masse and Katie Shanahan of Scotland. Sri Lanka's Ganga Seneviratne did not feature in the final despite being on the reserve list.

Emma McKeon celebrated her fourth gold medal of Birmingham 2022 with the women's 50m Butterfly title as the medals kept coming in the pool for Australia, who claimed five titles on Monday night.

The 28-year-old, who had already won the Mixed 4x100m Freestyle Relay, women's 4x100m Freestyle Relay and women's 50m Freestyle - with silver in Saturday's women's 100m Butterfly - came home in 25.90 seconds to finish ahead of silver medallist Erin Gallagher of South Africa as compatriot Holly Barratt took bronze. Canadian teenager Summer McIntosh celebrated her second gold of the Games - and fourth in total - with victory in the women's 200m Individual Medley.

The 15-year-old came home in 2:08.70 ahead of Australia's McKeown and bronze medallist Abbie Wood of England.



Over 48kg-51kg (Flyweight) Round of 16: Kiaran MacDonald (England) beat M Vidanalage Ishan Ranjeewa Seneviratne Bandara WP 5:0
Over 54-57kg (Featherweight) Round of 16: Keevin Allicock (Guyana) beat Jeewantha Vimukthi Kumara Nissanka WP 5:0


Women’s Singles Plate quarter-final: Sunayna Sara Kuruvilla (India) beat Chanithma Sinaly 3-0 (11-3 11-2 11-2)


Women’s 48kg round of 16: Ashley-Anee Barnikel (Wales) beat Chamila Dilani Marappulige 10-0 Ippon after 0.31 seconds

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