Sri Lankan swimmers bagged six more gold medals to finish with a tally of 13 golds on day two of the first ever South Asian Aquatic Championship which is in progress at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium Swimming Pool Complex on Thursday.
Sri Lanka captain and Olympian swimmer Mathew Abeysinghe led from the front having won two gold medals in the Boys over 18 200m LC Freestyle and the 200m Intermediate events. Abeysinghe had to fight hard for his win in the 200m Intermediate event but he came out an easy winner in the 200m Freestyle event with a timing of 1:53.93 seconds with two Indians securing the second and third slots.
Seventeen-year-old Kimiko Raheem the other Sri Lankan Olympian swimmer too continued her winning streak when she won the gold medal in the Girls Under 18 100m Freestyle event with a timing of 57.47secs while Damini Krishnappa Gowda and Vinoli Kaluarachchi took the second and third spots.
Two other Sri Lanka winners on day one, Kyle Abeysinghe and Akalanka Peiris, too continued their winning record with Kyle securing a gold medal in the Under 18 100m Freestyle event with a timing of 51.47 seconds and Akalanka, an Asian School Games silver medalist, winning the gold medal in the Under 18 50m backstroke.
Yashoda de Silva bagged the last gold medal for Sri Lanka when she came out top in the Spring Board by recording 134.15 points while Naveesha Karunanayake, Pavachnadran Arukshanm and Reggie Yogaratnam secured bronze medals in the Under 18 Women’s 200m Intermediate, Under 15 400m Intermediate and Under 18 Boys 100m Breaststroke events.
Meanwhile swimming giants in the subcontinent India dominated proceedings on the two days of action by winning 53 gold medals while Maldives is the only other country yet to win a gold medal.