Few Sri Lankans keep medal hopes alive
Japan’s Haruka was the first to win a gold medal competing in the opening event the 5000m race on the first day of the Asian Junior Athletic championship which began yesterday at the Sugathadasa stadium. Her twin sister was the runner up in this event when she bagged the silver medal. Haruka finished the event in only 16.07.74 which also erased the existing record for the event and also the first record to be lowered on day one.
Sri Lanka’s 400m runner R.A. Dulaj Madusanka running in the second heat for the event clocked the best time yesterday when he had a time of 47.77 seconds. Dulaj kept hopes of winning a medal in this event for Sri Lanka as he clocked the above timing with qualifying time for the World Youth Games.
The qualifying time for this event for the world Youth Championship is 47.90 said a senior official of the Sri Lanka Athletic Association. Meanwhile three of the other two runners D.K. Aturupane (48.79 secs) and G.I.M. Herath (48.62 secs) too did well in their respective heats and are looking forward to competing along with Madusanka in the event brining more medal hopes for Sri Lanka.
In the 400 m women’s heats too the Sri Lankan runners fared well to see them in the final. First it was R.M.S.K. Ratnayake who had a timing of 56.65 seconds in the heat I. Nadeeshani running in the next heat clocked 56.51 seconds to be on top of the heat ahead of India’s Mondal Priyanka. Here too Sri Lankans are having a chance of gaining a medal.
The Hammer throw event which was scheduled to be worked yesterday was postponed due to unavoidable circumstances according to senior officials SLAA. Though 38 countries have confirmed their participation in the meet, only 33 teams have arrived by Saturday. However the Championship got under way with the Prime Minister as the chief guest who declared open the Games.
The Minister of Sports and few ministers and the President of the Sri Lanka Athletic Association Major General Daya Ratnayake were present at the ceremonial opening. Chalamka Weerasinghe, the athlete who was a participant at the last Commonwealth Youth Games and Madushani Nimesha Siriwardene the High Jumper who holds the national record at 1.82 meters lit the meet flame. A colorful Cultural pageant too was held with the armed forces personnel and school children from leading schools participating.
1.Kyuma Haruka JPN,(16.07.74) (NMR) 2. Kyuma Moe JPN (16.06. 17), 3. Kim Hyr Gyeeg PKR (16. 32.02)
SHOT PUTT (Men)
1.Li Meng, (CHN) 19.95m, 2. Abdul Qadri M Omer (KSA) 18.44m, 3. Wong kai Yurm (SIN) 17.39m,
1.Fu Haitao (CHN) 16.38m, 2. Tepaprrak Prstchaya (THA) 16.25m, 3. Khosravi Mostafa (IRI) 15.31m
1.Liao Ching-Hsien (TPE) 11.97secs, 2. Lin Huijuin (CHN) 11.98 secs, 3. Pakdee Khanrutai (THA) 12.17 secs
1.Taftian Hassain (IRI) 10.49 secs, 2. Xie Zhenye (CHN) 10.54 secs, 3. Al Shalani Yousef Ali (KSA) 10.64 secs
1.Wheng Wei (CHN) 5.35m 2. Fuji Daiki (JPN) 4.80m, 3. Mehamed Moho Fahme Zam Zam (MAY) 4.20M
1. SorourAbdullah (KUW) 11.71 secs, 2. Alzeed Nagid (KUW) 11.88 secs, 3. Mao Chi Shun (TPE) 11.91 secs, 4. Sanael Jamaladdin (IRI) 12.00 secs.
1.Alzeed Nagid (KUW) 6.59m, 2. Mao Chi Shun (TPE) 6.33m, 3. Sanael Jamaladdin (IRI) 6.31m, 4. SorourAbdullah (KUW) 6.17
1. Sanael Jamaladdin (IRI) 12.70m 2. Mao Chi Shun (TPE) 11.48m, 3.Alzeed Nagid (KUW) 11.16, 4. SorourAbdullah (KUW) 10.97m
1 .Sanael Jamaladdin (IRI) 1.85m 2. Mao Chi Shun (TPE) 1.82m, 3. Alzeed Nagid (KUW) 1.76, 4. SorourAbdullah (KUW) 1.70m
1. Alzeed Nagid (KUW) 50.56 secs, 2. Mao Chi Shun (TPE) 51.78 secs, 3. Sanael Jamaladdin (IRI) 52.97 secs, 4. SorourAbdullah (KUW) 52.98
- By B.R. Perera