Two more Records Shattered On day two
Two more records were shattered on day two with one each in the track and the field events from the official results that were released at the 55th Junior National Athletics Championships held at the Diyagama Stadium in Homagama yesterday.
The first record was broken by Amanthi Silva of St Bridget’s Convent in the Girl’s Under 18 Discus Throw where she hauled a throw of 39.12m and the second record came in the Boys Under 23 110m hurdles event with K.P.H. Nirmal of Navy taking the gold with a timing of 14.75 seconds.
Meanwhile, Krithiha Rathnashwaran of Girl’s High School Kandy and P.K. Sachini Madushani of Air Force were two other athletes who impressed in their respective events. Krithiha participating in her pet high jump event leaped 1.64m in the Girls Under 18 category to clinch the gold medal while Sachini who was trailing way behind came back at the later stages to take the gold in the Girl’s Under 23 400m event.
Krithiha who has been selected to represent the country at the forthcoming Junior Asian Athletic meet due to be held in Sri Lanka in June continued her dominance. But she was way behind her best leap of 1.71 which she achieved at the same meet last year in the Under 16 category.athletes from Makandura CC continued to make their presence felt when they bagged the fourth gold of the meet which came in the 1,0000m Race Walk event in the Boys Under 18 category with S.C. Bangamuwage taking it with a new meet record of 55:12.23 seconds.
This event in fact was held on day one which brought the tally of records to tumble on day one to eight while Hansini Srimal of Kuliyapitiya CC took the gold medal in the 5,000m Race Walk for Girls Under 18.
From the other official results in the finals held during the day, the girls from St Joseph’s Balika Kegalle bagged two gold medals with R.M.S.K. Ratnayake taking the first slot in the Girl’s Under 20 200m and Hashani Wijesinghe in the Girl’s Under 23 100m.
The other winners of the day were K.M. Jayatileke (Army – Boys 5,000m U23 – 15:00.39sec), W.M.S. Pushpakumara (Sri Devananda Welimada – Boys 5,000m U20 – 15:49.64sec), C.P. Weerasinghe (Air Force – Javelin Boys U2063.06m), S. Eranga (Maris Stella – High Jump Boys U202.00m), S.L. Sarangi (Sri Sumangala Panadura – Long Jump Girls U18 5.45m), W.M.N.D. Wijesinghe (Saranth MV – Discuss Throw Girl’s U16 – 26.87m), R.A.C. Jayamini (Sumana V Ratnapura – Girl’s U20 – Steeplechase 3,000m – 11:27.29sec), M.G.S.K. Samarasinghe (A. Ratnayake CC Walala – Steeplechase 2000m 6:30.72 secs), H.D.V. Lakshini (Newstead Girl’s Negombo – Triple Jump – 11.86m), R.V.K. Hansini (Air Force – Triple Jump U23 – 12.49m), J.A.T. Perera (Bodimaluwa MV Parakaduwa – Shot Putt Boys U16 – 14.24m), W.D.M. Priyadharshani (Rajapakse CC Weeraketiya – Discuss Throw Girl’s U20 – 30.61m), K.A.H. Anuruddika (Navy – Discuss Throw Girl’s U23 – 33.87m), R.G.M.P. Ratnayake – Shot Putt Boys U18 – 14.96m), R.M.S.J. Ranasinghe (Air Force – Javelin – 65.76m), D.S. Priyantha (Nalanda Colombo – Triple Jump Boys U20 – 14.43m).
The third day’s proceedings will begin at 8.00 a.m. with 47 finals scheduled to be worked off. 31 will be in the track and 16 will be in the field events. In the track events 24 finals are due to be held in the morning and seven in the evening while eight each will be worked off in the field events in both the sessions.
-By M Shamil Amit