As the 12th South Asian Games concluded in North-East India with a gala closing ceremony, the Sri Lankan athletes will head home tomorrow with heads held high after recording their biggest ever tally.
Sri Lanka collected a total of 186 medals, including 25 gold, their highest since 1991 South Asian Games in Colombo to finish second behind host and South Asian giant India who heads the medal table with 308 medals including 188 gold medals. Pakistan are third in the table with 106 medals including 12 golds.
Sri Lanka’s medal tally was decorated by some brilliant individuals performance in the pool by Matthew Abeysinghe and Kimiko Rameem who shared 12 gold medals between them. Matthew won a record seven gold medals while Kimiko won five as Sri Lanka complete a record medal haul in swimming.
In athletics Sri Lanka won nine gold medals, including the men’s and women’s short sprint gold won by Himasha Eshan and Rumesha Ratnayake while the other four gold medals came from cycling (2), weightlifting (1) and wushu (1). Sri Lanka also won 60 silver and 96 bronze medals. Sri Lanka sent a contingent of 484 athletes representing all 23 disciplines, their biggest ever contingent.
On the final day, Sri Lanka added five more medal s– three silver and two bronze medals.
In boxing Sri Lanka added three silver medals through Anusha Kodithuwakku , Vidushika Lakshani and A Nilanthi.
In 51 Kg category Anusha had to settle for the silver as she was defeated by MC Mary Kom in the gold medal bout.
In 69 Kg category Pooja Rani defeated A Nilanthi of Sri Lanka to win another Gold for India.
In the 60Kg Vidusha lost to Sarita Devi in the finals.