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Lyceum Wattala retains ISAC title

February 28, 2017 · 3 Comments 

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By Susil Premalal

Lyceum International School Wattala retained the overall title for the second successive year at the 17th International Schools Athletic Championship (ISAC) which concluded at the Mahinda Rajapaksa Sports Complex in Diyagama on Monday.

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The Captain of Lyceum Wattala receiving the overall challenge trophy from the Minister of Sports Dayasiri Jayasekera, Lyceum captain Rashmi Geekanda and Sayuni Mendis Pic by Damith Wickremasinghe

 

Lyceum Wattala collected a massive 1,443 points to finish on top and well ahead of their rivals and runners-up Gateway College Colombo who managed only 984 points.

Last year also these two schools battled for the overall title and on that occasion the difference at the end of the meet was a mere two-point margin.

But this time, Lyceum Wattala were far superior to all other opponents and went on to bag the title in a more convincing manner.

Lyceum Nugegoda took the third place in the overall championship with 774 points.

However, Gateway College Colombo had the satisfaction of producing the Best Athlete in the Boys’ category with Asiri Wijesekera taking the honours for his effort of 21.8s in the 200m final.

Purnima Gunarathna of Leeds International School Panadura won the Best Athlete award in the Girls’ category and also the award for the Best Performance of the meet for her record breaking effort of 1.75m in the high jump final.

Meanwhile, the third and final day of the meet produced a total of 16 new meet records while bringing the total number of records to 30 during the entire meet.

Although 24 schools were expected to participate in the meet, seven schools pulled out in the eleventh hour following rumours of a bomb threat at the Diyagama Stadium.

Minister of Sports Dayasiri Jayasekera was the Chief Guest and distributed the awards.

Results:
Under 9 Girls Champion: Krishelle Pintoe – Lyceum International School, Wattala – 18 Points, Isuli Perera – Lyceum International School, Wattala – 18 points; Under 9 Boys Champion: Luqman Deen – Gateway College, Colombo – 18 Points; Under 9 Overall Champion School: Lyceum International School, Wattala – 101 points; Under 11 Girls Champion: Shenali Bastian – Lyceum International School, Wattala – 24 points; Under 11 Boys Champion (Donated by Ikra Tnt. School): Chulaka Thillakaratne – Lyceum International School, Wattala – 20 Points, Chakshu Premartne – Colombo International School, Colombo – 20 points; Under 11 Overall Champion School: Lyceum International School, Wattala – 87 Points; Under 13 Girls Champion (Donated by St. Nicholas’ Int. College): Onaya Geeganage – Lyceum International School, Wattala – 23 points; Under 13 Boys Champion: Razwin Carrim – Lyceum International School, Panadura – 265 points; Under 13 Overall Champion School: Lyceum International School, Watta1a – 133 points; Under 15 Girls Champion: Sanduni Muthukumarana – Lyceum International School, Wattala – 20 points; Under 15 Boys Champion: Dinush Wickremaratchy – Colombo International School, Colombo – 30 points; Under 15 Overall Champion School: Lyceum International School, Wattala – 200 points; Under 17 Girls Champion: Rashmi Heenkenda – Lyceum International School, Wattala – 28 points, Dilmi Dhanusha Dahanayake – Lyceum International School, Wattala – 28 points; Under 17 Boys Champion: Ginura Gunarathna – Lyceum International School, Nugegoda – 20 points, Kavindu Bandara – Lyceum International School, Nugegoda – 20 points; Under 17 Overall Champion School: Lyceum International School, Wattala – 280 points; Under 19 Girls Champion: Dewmini Kudavithanage – Lyceum International School, Wattala – 36 points; Under 19 Boys Champion: Udesh Ranasinghe – Gateway College, Colombo – 30 points; Under 19 Overall Champion School – Lyceum International School, Wattala – 302 points; Under 20 Girls Champion (Donated by Elizabeth Moir Int. School): Purnima Jayamali Gunarathna – Leeds International School, Panadura – 38 points; Under 20 Boys Champion: Shanaka Perera – Lyceum International School, Wattala – 32 points; Under 20 Overall Champion School: Lyceum International School, Wattala – 329 points; Cambridge Challenge Trophy for the Overall Relay Champions (Donated by Cambridge International Examinations) – Lyceum International School, Wattala – 253 points; Ritzbury Challenge Cup for the Best Female Athlete: Purnima Jayamali Gunarathna – Leeds International School, Panadura – High Jump 1.75M *NMR; Ritzbury Challenge Cup for the Best Male Athlete: Asiri Wijesekara – Gateway College, Colombo – 200M 21.8 secs; Best Performer of the Meet (awarded by Pearson Qualifications International): Purnima Jayamali Gunarathna – Leeds International School, Panadura High Jump – 1.75M *NMR; First Runner-up School of the Meet: Gateway College, Colombo – 984; RIT Alles Memorial Trophy for the Overall Champions of the Meet: Lyceum International School, Wattala – 1443

Farah sets new European record in final indoor race

February 19, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

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Four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah marked his final race indoors by winning the 5,000 metres at the Birmingham Grand Prix on Saturday in a new European record time of 13 minutes 9.16 seconds.

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The 33-year-old British distance great, who won gold in the 5,000m and 10,000m at both the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Games, plans to retire from all track events to concentrate on road-racing after the World Championships in London in August.

In Birmingham, he was run close by Bahrain’s Albert Rop, who managed to stay with Farah after he burst clear from the rest of the field before being beaten in a sprint finish.

“I had amazing support from the crowd today and I can’t quite believe it’s my last indoor race,” Farah told the BBC after improving his own record for the event.

“I’ve had a great career indoors and particularly on this track,” added Farah, who finished a disappointing seventh at last month’s Edinburgh cross-country.

“I knew I needed to do some work after Edinburgh, I had to leave my family but hard work pays off.”

In other events, Britain’s Andrew Pozzi ran a new personal best and world leading time of 7.43 seconds in the 60m hurdles, with the United States’ Aries Merritt, the 110m hurdles world record-holder third.

Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson, the reigning Olympic 100m and 200m champion, won the women’s 60m in 6.98 seconds — the eighth-fastest time ever.

The women’s 1,000 metres saw Britain’s Laura Muir just miss out on a world record as she won in two minutes 31.93 seconds.

Muir’s time was just a second off Maria Mutola’s world indoor record of 2:30.94.

However, the 23-year-old Scot’s time was a new British record, beating a mark set by Kelly Holmes in 2004 — the same year Holmes won gold in both the 800m and 1500m at the Olympic Games in Athens.

“I am delighted. I wanted to come away with a win on home soil but to break Kelly’s record, I’m so chuffed,” said Muir, now the favourite for both the 1500m and 300m at the European Indoor Championships in Belgrade in March.

“The crowd were huge, I couldn’t hear myself breathing they were so loud…I’m in the best shape I can be so I’m hoping to win some medals in Belgrade.”

Brady stands alone after Super Bowl epic

February 7, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

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With four Super Bowl victories in his previous six appearances, Tom Brady had already carved himself onto the Mount Rushmore of quarterback icons.

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But after inspiring the New England Patriots to the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history, the 39-year-old earned a monument all to himself.

Brady’s fifth Super Bowl win on Sunday wiped away any lingering doubt that the veteran deserves to be regarded as the best quarterback the sport has seen.

The pulsating victory took Brady one clear of his childhood idol, Joe Montana, and Terry Bradshaw of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who both won four Super Bowls.

Yet it was the manner of Brady’s fifth Super Bowl triumph, as much as the statistical milestone of a fifth ring, that confirmed his place at the head of the quarterback pantheon.

Down 28-3 in the third quarter, Brady and the Patriots looked dead and buried.

A bruising first half had seen Brady get roughed up relentlessly by Atlanta’s aggressive pass rush. He was sacked five times in the game, and hit many times more.

“There was a lot shit tonight. And I got hit pretty hard,” Brady told journalists later as he tried to recall the details of his game.

But, like many other times in his career, Brady’s sheer will carried him through what had been a brutal ordeal, until he could sense the tide turning in his team’s favor.

“He was motivating us the whole game, even when we were down,” Patriots running back James White confided to reporters afterwards.

“He just willed us to another victory,” said White, who scored three touchdowns.

Patrick Chung, the Patriots’s outspoken safety, said Brady’s performance had ended the debate about his standing among the best quarterbacks.

“He just proved to you guys that he is the greatest, period,” Chung said. “So all of you haters need to shut up and just own up to it that he is the greatest. We all saw that today.”

Wide receiver Chris Hogan said Brady had refused to concede defeat even as the Falcons romped into a 25-point lead.

“The entire time, there wasn’t a moment where he looked like he knew this thing was over,” Hogan said.

Brady, who finished the game with 466 passing yards, a new record for the Super Bowl, has long maintained that he is not interested in the glory of his standing in the game.

“I don’t think anything about, you know, personal legacy,” he said in the build-up to Sunday’s finale.

“I never thought I’d play professional football. Didn’t think I’d play any professional sports.” Brady shied away from suggestions that he had carried the team, hailing the Patriots’s mentality and tight-knit locker-room bond.

“We all brought each other back,” Brady remarked.

“We’re in the locker room with each other every day and we know what we’re all about. That’s what it comes down to.”

Head coach Bill Belichick, who picked Brady in the sixth round of the 2000 draft, declined to be drawn into ranking the quarterback’s performance, emphasizing victory had been a team effort.

“Tom has had a lot of great ones; tonight was one of them,” Belichick said. “There were a lot of great players playing out there tonight.”

But for Danny Amendola, the long-serving Patriots receiver, there was only one verdict.

“He was the same as he always is, cool, calm and collected,” Amendola said of Brady’s second-half display.

“He’s the leader, the general, the best ever and that is the end of the story. “

Patriots, Falcons chase history at Super Bowl

February 5, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

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Tom Brady and the New England Patriots will be chasing history as they attempt to stop the Atlanta Falcons from claiming their first Super Bowl crown Sunday.

More than 100 million homes across the United States and millions more worldwide will tune in for the American football showpiece in Houston, which sees Brady aiming to become the most decorated quarterback of all time.

The 39-year-old superstar will become the first quarterback to win five Super Bowl crowns if he manages to guide the Patriots to victory over the Falcons before a crowd of around 72,000 spectators at the NRG Stadium.

Blanket security will be in place for the game, which takes place at a time of roiling political tensions across the United States following President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration order.

Pop diva Lady Gaga, an outspoken critic of Trump, will have the eyes of the nation — including US Vice President Mike Pence inside the stadium — on her during the halftime show.

A win on Sunday would come 15 years after Brady and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick’s first Super Bowl triumph in 2002.

It would also represent a satisfying last laugh for Brady following his long-running battle with National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell.

Brady was forced to miss the first four games of the season after losing a legal battle against the NFL over the 2015 Deflategate scandal, which saw the Patriots superstar accused of cheating by attempting to alter the pressure of balls to his advantage during a key championship game.

It has led to the prospect of Goodell having to possibly hand over the Vince Lombardi Trophy to Brady and his teammates on Sunday.

Goodell, for his part, has attempted to damp down any possibility of an awkward trophy presentation, acknowledging Brady’s glittering career during the build-up.

“Tom Brady is one of the all-time greats. He has been for several years,” Goodell said, adding it would be an “honor” to present the Lombardi Trophy to the quarterback.

Brady has done his talking on the field this season. He averaged just under 300 passing yards a game in the regular season, and was magnificent in a comprehensive 36-17 demolition of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship game two weeks ago.

But even Brady’s stats pale in comparison with those of his opposite number, Matt Ryan, who received recognition for a stellar season on Saturday after being named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player for 2016.

Ryan has led the most potent offense in the league, averaging more than 365 yards a game in the post-season, and just over 300 yards during the regular season.

Ryan, 31, reached the Super Bowl after four unsuccessful previous playoff appearances.

There was not the slightest hint of nerves en route to Houston, though, when the Falcons crushed the Green Bay Packers 44-21 in the Georgia Dome to clinch only the second Super Bowl appearance in the team’s history.

The emphatic nature of that win has persuaded many Falcons fans that their long wait for a maiden Super Bowl title could be about to end.

Ryan — nicknamed “Matty Ice” by his teammates — said the team is comfortable with the burden of expectation.

“I’m sure everyone will be excited and anxious going into it. But as far as nerves, I feel like we’ve prepared ourselves for this moment,” Ryan said.

Ryan also knows that he has an array of weapons at his disposal, which includes arguably the best receiver in the league, Julio Jones, ably supported by the talented Mohamed Sanu and the speedy Taylor Gabriel.

Add in the dual running back threat of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, and it is easy to see why many pundits have installed the Falcons as favorites.

“As a quarterback, when you’re surrounded by really good players and guys who can make plays at any time, it makes your job a lot easier,” Ryan said.

Whether Belichick’s Patriots are able to clip the Falcons’ offensive wings may hold the key to the Super Bowl — and Brady’s hopes of a place in history.

Belichick and Brady led the Patriots for a relaxed photo session on the field with family at the NRG Stadium on Saturday.

“Now it’s the waiting game,” Belichick said. “But I think we’re ready.”

Several records could be on the line at Sunday’s Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons. AFP looks at the milestones under threat at the 51st edition of the showpiece:

- RECORD APPEARANCE -

The New England Patriots have reached the Super Bowl nine times, more than any other franchise in history.

Victory on Sunday would give them five wins, putting them level with the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers in the all-time standings.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have the most Super Bowl championships with six.

- HOLY TRINITY -

New England could become the first team in history to win five Super Bowls with the same owner, head coach and quarterback.

The trinity of owner Robert Kraft, head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady have enjoyed an unparalleled era of dominance since their first Super Bowl win in 2002.

- BRADY BOWL? -

Tom Brady will move one clear of his childhood idol Joe Montana, and Pittsburgh Steelers great Terry Bradshaw, if he clinches a record fifth Super Bowl on Sunday.

The 39-year-old has already reached more Super Bowls than any quarterback in history with seven appearances, two more than Denver Broncos legend John Elway.

- No. 10 FOR BELICHICK -

Bill Belichick’s 10th Super Bowl means he has had more appearances in the showpiece game as a head coach or assistant coach than any other man in history.

As well as his seven Super Bowls since taking over as head coach of the Patriots in 2000, he also appeared in the game three times as an assistant coach during stints with the New York Giants and Patriots.

- WAITING OVER? -

While New England have enjoyed an era of success since 2002 with seven Super Bowl appearances, the Atlanta Falcons are still waiting for their first championship.

Sunday’s finale is only the second time they have reached the Super Bowl, with their only other appearance coming in 1999, when they were beaten 34-19 by the Denver Broncos.

Alvarez and Chavez set US fight date

January 14, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

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Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will square off on May 6 in one of the biggest fights in Mexican boxing history, Golden Boy Promotions announced on Friday.

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Mexico’s two most popular boxers will meet at a site to be determined on the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo — a traditional weekend for major fights involving that country’s boxers. The fight is expected to take place in the US, possibly Las Vegas or Dallas, Texas.

Alvarez, the former middleweight world champion, and Chavez, who also once held a world title at 160 pounds, will meet at a catch weight of 164.5 pounds.

Alvarez has never fought heavier than 155 pounds which is the weight at which he demanded opponents fight at when he held the middleweight title. Since 2013, Chavez’s last five fights have been at 167.5 or heavier.

Promoters have been looking at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas as a possible venue. Organizers also said they will talk to other venues, including AT&T Stadium, home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys.

Alvarez drew an AT&T Stadium-record boxing crowd of 51,240 for his last fight, in September, when he knocked out Liam Smith in the ninth round to win a junior middleweight world title.

MDS Fencing Club wins fencing title

December 23, 2016 · Leave a Comment 

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MDS Fencing Club came out on top when they emerged overall champion of the 5th National Fencing Championship which concluded at the MAS Royal Arena in Reid Avenue on Thursday.

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MDS Fencing Club

 

The champion MDS Fencing Club clinched the title by securing three gold medals, a silver medal and four bronze medals while Slimline Fencing Club was a close second with three gold medals, one silver medal and two bronze medals.

Meanwhile Sadesh Chandana of Unichela Fencing Club and Anuruddhika Dhananjali of Slimline Fencing Club were adjudged the best fencers in the men’s and women’s category.

The 5th National Fencing Championship saw the participation of ten clubs in both the men’s and women’s categories which was contested by 103 fencers contesting in four events of foil, epee, sabre and team events.

Dayasiri Jayasekera, Minister of Sports graced the occasion as the chief guest.

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Royal, Visakha claim titles

December 22, 2016 · Leave a Comment 

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Royal College Colombo and Visakha Vidyalaya Colombo emerged Boys and Girls champions respectively in the inaugural School National Fencing Championship worked off at the MAS Royal Arena Auditorium in Reid Avenue on Wednesday.

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Royal came on top when they bagged 15 medals including four Gold Medals, two Silver Medals and nine Bronze Medals while Mahawatte MV Kandy took the second spot with six medals followed by Yatiena MV Malwana with four medals.

Visakha Vidyalaya won ten medals comprising of five Gold Medals, two Silver Medals and three Bronze Medals.

Princess of Wales Moratuwa were placed second with two medals and Mahawatte MV Kandy were placed third.

Meanwhile S. Avishka of Pannala National School was adjudged the Best Fencer in the Boys’ category while Chathuni Karunaratne of Princess of Wales won the Best Fencer award in the Girls category.

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Bolt, Phelps cap era of excellence

December 20, 2016 · Leave a Comment 

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Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps towered over the 2016 Rio Games, capping an era of sustained excellence that promises to reverberate through the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and beyond.

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From Beijing in 2008 through London 2012 and, finally, in Rio, Bolt and Phelps captivated both die-hard fans of their sports and casual spectators attracted like moths to the Olympic flame.

More importantly, they inspired a legion of young competitors determined to flourish on sport’s biggest stage even as Olympic officials grapple with soaring costs, corruption and the ever-present spectre of doping.

“It’s not even once in a generation — it may be once in 10 generations that someone like Michael comes along,” said Bob Bowman, the coach who nurtured Phelps from an age-group phenomenon to an Olympic superstar whose five gold medals in Rio took his already stunning tally to 23 gold among a total of 28.

The same could be said of Bolt, who has dominated in the tests of speed that are the quintessential sporting contests, maintaining his supremacy over an unprecedented span of years.

“I’ve proven to the world I’m the greatest,” declared the ebullient Jamaican, who preens and poses with the same unabashed ardor with which he raced to three Olympic sprint trebles.

Both Bolt and Phelps presaged their mature exploits with precocious Olympics appearances, Phelps as a 15-year-old contesting the 200m butterfly in 2000, and Bolt, at 17, finishing fifth in his heat in the 200m in 2004.

By those Games in Athens in 2004, Phelps was already challenging Mark Spitz’s record of seven titles at one Games, coming away with six golds and two bronze.

In Beijing Phelps cemented his place among Games greats with a perfect eight golds in eight events at the Water Cube while Bolt electrified the Birds’ Nest stadium with his 100m, 200m and 4x100m sprint triumphs.

From Beijing on they were linked in Games lore, each adding to his legacy in 2012 — Bolt with another sprint sweep and Phelps with four more gold to add to his staggering tally of Olympic medals.

Although a burned-out Phelps flirted with retirement after London, it was fitting that his decision to return for one last, fifth, campaign, saw him bow out at the same time as Bolt.

The Jamaican’s unprecedented third sweep of the 100m, 200m and 4x100m means debate will rage loud and long as to which can claim the status of “greatest Olympian”.

Already in Rio, dozens of rising swimming stars cited Phelps as their inspiration.

That included Singapore’s Joseph Schooling, who bested his idol in the 100m butterfly to claim his country’s first-ever Olympic gold in any sport, and Adam Peaty, who twice broke his own 100m breaststroke world record to become the first British man in 28 years to win Olympic swimming gold.

“No matter what country you swim for, you’re indebted to Michael Phelps,” US backstroker Ryan Murphy said. “He’s opened a lot of doors for all of us.”

Bolt’s influence is just as broad.

“I will say that it is an absolute pleasure to be able to compete in the same era as Usain Bolt,” said America’s two-time Olympic decathlon gold medalist Ashton Eaton.

Eaton isn’t among the doom-sayers worried that Bolt’s departure from the track — after an extended victory lap in 2017 — will leave a void that can’t be filled.

“I really disagree he’ll leave a vacuum,” Eaton said. “If anything, he’s provided a platform for all the other young, aspiring athletes to launch from.

“Just now we’re not seeing the fruits of his accomplishments and labor, but I think in the years to come you’ll see a lot of young athletes who’ll say ‘I got inspired by Usain Bolt’.

“When I got inspired by Michael Johnson I was eight years old and I didn’t start coming into fruition in track until I was 18,” Eaton said, “so give it a decade.”

Le Clos breaks 100m fly world record to win world short course gold

December 9, 2016 · Leave a Comment 

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Chad le Clos, rebounding from what he considered a disappointing Rio Olympics, won his second gold of the Short Course Swimming World Championships with a world record-setting victory in the 100m butterfly.

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The South African’s time of 48.08sec improved his own world record of 48.44, set at the previous edition of the championships in Doha in 2014.

Le Clos, denied a 200m fly Olympic repeat in Rio, added another gold to the 200m fly title he captured on Tuesday when the championships kicked off in Windsor, Canada.

American Tom Shields was second in 49.04 and Australian David Morgan claimed bronze in 49.31.

Hungary’s one-woman wrecking crew of Katinka Hosszu, a treble gold medallist in Rio, picked up her fourth individual gold of the championships in the 200m backstroke.

It was another convincing win for the “Iron Lady,” who was in control from the 50m mark and steadily built her lead to win in 2:00.79 — more than a second in front of runner-up Daryna Zevina of Ukraine (2:02.24). Australian Emily Seebohm took bronze in 2:02.65.

Hosszu, winner of the 200m butterfly, 100m back and 400m individual medley earlier in the meeting, also topped the semi-final times in the 100m individual medley.

But she wasn’t a factor as she capped her night with an eighth-place finish in the 800m freestyle won by American Leah Smith.

Smith, the 400m free bronze medallist in Rio, led all the way to head a US one-two in 8:10.17. Ashley Twichell was second in 8:11.95 and Australian Kiah Melverton was earned bronze in 8:16.51.

The 800 free field was missing reigning champion and world record-holder Mireia Belmonte of Spain, who pulled out of the event after a disappointing showing in the 400m medley on Tuesday.

Germany’s Marco Koch further soothed the disappointment of Rio with a victory in the 200m breaststroke, adding a second gold to the 100m breast title he captured on Wednesday.

Koch, the reigning long course world champion who was relegated to seventh in the 200m breast at the Olympics, clocked a championship record of 2:01.21 for a comfortable win over Britain’s Andrew Willis (2:02.71) with Russia’s Mikhail Dorinov third in 2:03.09.

Australian Brittany Elmslie, a relay gold medallist in Rio, snatched victory in the women’s 100m freestyle, earning her first short course world title in 51.81.

Silver went to 2012 double Olympic sprint gold medallist Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands, who was second in 51.92, while Canadian teenager Penny Oleksiak, who shared 100m free gold with American Simone Manuel in Rio, took bronze in 52.01.

The United States capped the night with a victory in the mixed 4x50m medley relay. Michael Chadwick, swimming the final freestyle leg, hit the water in seventh place but stormed home to complete the victory in 1:37.22.

The win gave breaststroker Lilly King her third gold of the championships, after an individual triumph in the 50m breast and her swim on America’s world record-setting women’s 4x50m medley relay.

Combined SC, Vijaya SC emerge champions

December 8, 2016 · Leave a Comment 

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Combined Sports Club Katana and Vijaya Sports Club Koswadiya annexed the Open Men’s and Women’s title respectively in the Dialog President’s Gold Cup Volleyball Tournament which concluded at the National Youth Services Council Indoor Stadium in Maharagama yesterday.

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Vijaya Sports Club Koswadiya who won the women’s open title

 

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Combined Sports Club Katana who won the men’s open title

 

Combined SC defeated ‘Rantharu’ SC Debagama 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-18) in the Men’s final while Vijaya SC beat Casualline SC Mawathagama 3-1 (25-19, 16-25, 25-22, 25-16) in the Women’s final.

This was the fifth time that Combined SC won the Dialog President’s Gold Cup Volleyball Tournament while Vijaya SC managed to win the title for the sixth time.

Earlier, Dawisamara SC Seeduwa beat Rajasinghe SC Ruwanwella 3-1 in the Men’s Under-22 final while Casualline SC Mawathagama had the better of Dharmapala SC Ehiliyagoda 3-1 in the Women’s Under-22 final.

President Maithripala Sirisena was the Chief Guest and distributed the main awards. He also participated in the ceremony held to mark 100 years of volleyball in Sri Lanka at the same venue.

Special awards:

(Men’s Open):
Best Server: Janitha Surath (Combine SC)
Best Receiver: W. A. D. M. S. Wickremasena (Rantharu SC)
Best Setter: G. J. S. Senadhira (Combined SC)
Best Attacker: H. D. R. Ranawaka (Combined SC)
Best Defender: Janitha Surath (Combined SC)
Best Libero: K. A. N. C. Fernando (Combined SC)
Best Player: Janitha Surath (Combined SC)

(Women’s Open):
Best Server: Chaturika Gayani (Vijaya SC)
Best Receiver: Shashinika Lakmali (Vijaya SC)
Best Setter: Nadeeshani Samaraweera (Dawisamara SC)
Best Attacker: Champa Kalyani (Casualline SC)
Best Defender: Iresha Udayangani (Vijaya SC)
Best Libero: Ishanka Subashini (Casualline SC)
Best Player: Dinesha Prasadini (Vijaya SC)

(Men’s Under-22):
Best Setter: Danushka Dilshan (Dawisamara SC)
Best Attacker: Rehan Madushanka (Dawisamara SC)
Best Player: Iyesg Dilhan (Dawisamara SC)

(Men’s Under-22):
Best Setter: S. Wickremasinghe (Casualline SC)
Best Attacker: N. S. Jayawardena (Dharmapala SC)
Best Player: A. Chatuni (Casualline SC)

Army, MAS Unichela pugilists retain national boxing titles

December 7, 2016 · Leave a Comment 

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Army pugilists retained the National Boxing title when they emerged men’s champion while MAS Unichela Panadura a cluster of MAS Holdings too retained the women’s title at the 90th ABA Men’s and Women’s Boxing Championship concluded at the Royal MAS Arena boxing on Monday.

Army mens champion team

Army men’s champion team

MAS Unichela womens champion team and most successful club of 2016

MAS Unichela womens champion team and most successful club of 2016

 

The champion Army boxing team in emerging champions secured four gold and three silver medals while in second place was their closest rival MAS Slimline Panadura having won three gold and two silver medals and Navy taking the third slot with a goal, silver and two bronze medals.

In the women’s category MAS Unichela secured four gold and three silver medals while the newest club to join the boxing arena Hela Clothing making their debut took the second slot winning three gold medals pushing the much more stabilized Air Force to the third position.

In fact Hela Clothing had a memorable debut as they won four gold medals, three in the women’s and one in the men’s and a bronze medal having entered only six boxers for the championship. The gold medal winners were B.L.S. Sandareka (Featherweight 54-57kg), G.H.T.N. Dharmasena (Welterweight 69kg) and Nelum Nilanthi (Super Heavyweight Over 81kg) who was adjudged the most outstanding women boxer of 2016 and in the men’s P.M.T.S. Ranasinghe (Flyweight 46-49kg)

Three pugilists from MAS Holdings N.G. S. Jayaweera and Dindu Saparamadu both of MAS Slimline and K.A.K. Hansika of MAS Unichela bagged the individual awards that were on offer with Jayaweera taking the best boxer in the men’s, Saparamadu being adjudged the most outstanding men’s boxer of 2016 and Hansika the best boxer in the women’s category while P.D.D. Maduranga of Army and K.A.L.U. Kasuhalya of Air Force were adjudged the best losers.

Meanwhile MAS Slimline Pannala and MAS Unichela Panadura carried away Muttiah Xavier Memorial Challenge Trophy and the Dian Gomes Challenge Trophy for the most outstanding club for the year 2016.

Results:

Women’s:

Light Flyweight 48kg – A.A.K. Nilmini (MAS Unichela) recd walk over from H.M.N. Weerasinghe (MAS Casualine). Flyweight 48-51kg – J.A.D. Jayasinghe (MAS Unichela) beat H.S. Priyadharshini (Army). Bantamweight 54kg – M.P.P.S. Cooray (Air Force) beat N. Pushpakumara (MAS Unichela ‘B’). Featherweight 54-57kg – B.L.S. Sandareka (Hela Clothing) beat Y.M.K. Abeyratne (Air Force). Lightweight 60kg – K.A.K. Hansika (MAS Unichela) beat R.S. Dilini (Air Force). Lightweight 60-64kg – L. Udayangi (MAS Unichela) beat K.A.L.U. Kaushalya (Air Force ). Welterweight 69kg – G.H.T.N. Dharmasena (Hela Clothing) beat P.C.K. Jayasekera (MAS Unichela). Middleweight 69-75kg – P.K. Sumudu (Army) beat A.M.P. Atapattu (MAS Unichela). Heavyweight 81kg – D.D.S. Weeraratne (Police) beat G.D.M. Jayadeva (MAS Casualine). Super Heavyweight Over 81kg – Nelum Nilanthi (Hela Clothing) beat I.W.S. Chandrasekera (MAS Unichela).

Men’s:

Flyweight 46-49kg – P.M.T.S. Ranasinghe (Hela Clothing) beat A.M.G. Bandara (Navy). Flyweight 52kg – M.V.I.R.S. Bandara (Army) beat M.M. Prabashwara (MAS Slimline). Bantamweight 56kg – P.D. Suresh (MAS Slimline) beat N. Amarawansa (MAS Slimline ‘B’). Lightweight 60kg – N.G.S. Jayaweera (MAS Slimline) beat N.B.J. Vimukthi Kumara (Army). Light Welterweight 64kg – Dinidu Saparamadu (MAS Slimline) beat I.P.D. Kumara (Air Force). Welterweight 69kg – R.G.S. Kumarasinghe (Navy) beat P.D.D. Maduranga (Army). Middleweight 75kg – M.A.C.S. Kumara (Army) beat H.A.K. Kumara (Air Force). Light Heavyweight 81kg – R.K. Gunaratne (MAS Slimline BC) beat I.B.N. Bandara (Army). Heavyweight 91kg – J.P.N.N. Jayaweera (Army) beat K.G.A. Jayasena (SLAR ‘B’). Heavyweight Over 91kg – .T.B. Ratnadivakara (MAS Slimline). beat A.R.B.E. Tilekeratne (Army).

Killer Whale, Sirimavo emerge champs

November 29, 2016 · Leave a Comment 

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Killer Whale Aquatic Club (KWAC) and Sirimavo Bandaranayake Balika Vidyalaya (SBBV) emerged Men’s and Women’s overall champions at the National Aquatic Championship which concluded at the Sugathadasa Swimming Pool on Tuesday.

SBBV Team
Sirimavo Bandaranayake Balika Vidyalaya
Killer Whale Team

Killer Whale Aquatic Club

 

In the Junior National Championship St. Joseph’s Colombo and Visakha Vidyalaya came out victorious.

KWAC accumulated a whopping 423 points and they were well ahead of second placed Navy SC who were able to obtain only 298 points while St. Joseph’s secured the third slot with 77 points.

The Women’s champions SBBV accumulated 230 points while Mahamaya Kandy came in second with 141 points and Musaeus College took the third place with 122 points.

St. Joseph’s the junior boys champions accumulated 158 points as they pipped Ananda who obtained 150.50 points for the second place followed by Royal in third place.

Visakha Vidyalaya the junior girls’ champions came out easy winners by securing 160 points while Mahamaya Kandy ended second with 91 points and SBVV and Lyceum International School Wattala in joint third place with 74 points.

Meanwhile, two swimmers from the champion KWAC Team, Kyle Abeysinghe who bagged seven Gold Medals and Eshani Senanayake who won six Gold Medals were adjudged as the overall individual champions in the Men’s and Women’s categories.

Another successful swimmer in the Men’s category was Akalanka Peiris of St. Peter’s College who won three Gold Medals.

In the junior category, Shevinda de Silva from the champion St. Joseph’s Team and Shenal Weerawansa of Ave Maria Convent Negombo carried away the Best Swimmer Awards in the Boys’ and Girls’ categories respectively.

Ramudi Samarakoon of Visakha Vidyalaya had a successful finish in the junior girls’ championship when she won six Gold Medals.

Results:
(Girls’ Junior Nationals): 1. Visakha Vidyalaya – 160 points, 2. Sirimavo Bandaranaike BMV – 91 points, 3. Lyceum International School, Wattala – 74 points, 4. Mahamaya College, Kandy – 74 points, 5. Holy Family Convent – 52 points

(Boys Junior Nationals): 1. St. Joseph’s College – 158 points, Ananda College – 150.50 points, 2.  Royal College – 76 points, 4. Gateway International – 65.50 points, 5. St. Peter’s College – 65 points.

(Women’s Senior Nationals): 1. Sirimavo Bandaranaike BMV – 230 points, 2. Mahamaya College, – 141 points, 3. Musaeus College – 122 points, 4. Sri Lanka Navy – 112 points, 4. Visakha Vidyalaya – 109 points

(Men’s Senior Nationals): 1. Killer Whale Aquatic Club – 423 points, 2. Sri Lanka Navy – 298.50 points, 3. St. Joseph’s College – 77 points, 4. St. Peter’s College – 56 points, 5. Lyceum International Wattala – 45 points.

- MSA

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Dilroy setting higher standards for American Football

November 14, 2016 · Leave a Comment 

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American Football has slowly but steadily registered itself as a sport in Sri Lanka, despite the fact that it needs many improvements.

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Dilroy Fernando, renowned Rugby player and Sri Lanka’s only IRB certified referee, is the pivotal figure behind the introduction of the game in Sri Lanka and he plays an important role in developing what looks like to be a sport with a great future ahead.

Fernando took the initiative to make aware of the sport by joining hands with Elite Football League of India (EFLI) in 2011 and has successfully formed 4 internationally registered teams from Colombo, Kandy, Jaffna and Rajarata.

He has also been able to penetrate through to the youth of the country by seeing that 24 teams from local universities embrace Flag Football, a lighter version of the sport, which he introduced in 2014.

The sport has gained a lot of positive response from the locals after the second edition of the EFLI – Sri Lanka, Triangular American Football League – 2016 for SAGT trophy, which concluded on Friday.

Speaking to Daily Mirror during a league game, Fernando said that he looks to match the local rugby scene with an American Football league of its own.

“The response has been exceptional. Three teams featured in the tournament that just concluded. We had a team from Pakistan also and thus our players had a touch of international exposure as well. I want the tournament to grow to the level of rugby in Sri Lanka,” he said.

“Sri Lankan Rugby, founded in 1879, boasts of a proud history. Despite that just look at the amount of club teams that are active. I am not being biased but at the rate of the development of American Football in Sri Lanka, chances are that it might very well surpass rugby. With such positive reception in quick time, I have a feeling that this could be a reality one day,” he said.

“I want the sport to grow. It has developed in great amounts over the past few years of introduction. This shows that the sport is here to stay. The response from the players and crowds has been fantastic. There has been a lot of support from the US Embassy. They have backed us in our endeavors,” Fernando said.

“There is an enthusiastic reception from the boys, especially the ones from Jaffna. They enjoy playing a lot and show colours of a great future of the sport in Sri Lanka. Many of them had played rugby before so the transition between the two sports hasn’t been a problem for them,” he said.

When asked as to how he started off things he said, “My reply was a flat ‘no’ when I was offered a chance to introduce the sport in the country by the EFLI. I wasn’t well versed in the sport and I backed off. But when I understood the benefits it would do to the youth of the country, I changed my decision,” he said. “Along with the benefits of the sport, you could really build up your career. And say you really perform well; you could apply for a sponsorship and maybe get drafted to one of the teams in the US. See, there are endless opportunities.”

“There are claims that the sport is dangerous and that it should be discouraged. If properly played, such injuries could be minimized. Plus hockey and boxing are more risky. There have been no such major injuries so far locally. To be on the safe side, we changed the rules of the tournament accordingly so as to prevent any injuries,” he said when questioned about the safety factor involved in the sport.

“I want more people to take up the sport. It needs more reception all over the country. It should reach all corners of the country. Discussions are on as to including the sport as an event in the Olympics. This could be a great opportunity for Sri Lanka,” he said finally.

Ranjith Jayawardena represents Sri Lanka at the Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup Amateur Series

November 1, 2016 · Leave a Comment 

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Ranjith Jayawardena, is representing Sri Lanka at the Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup Amateur Series which started yesterday at the Titanic Golf Club in Antalya, Turkey.

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Ranjith Jayawardena

The breakthrough came when he went on to win the Sri Lankan leg of the Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup Amateur Series, which was held on September 4th at the Royal Colombo Golf Club.

The tournament, which is the 78th of 100 qualifiers for the 2016 Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup, golf’s largest amateur tournament, was played in a stableford format and which saw Jayawardena finishing with 41 points.

The top 10 finishers of the 36-hole event will win an opportunity to play in the 2016 Turkish Airlines Open pro-am. However all 100 Grand Finalists being gifted season tickets to attend the Turkish Airlines Open at the Carya Golf Club in Belek from 3-6 November, where they will be entertained in VIP hospitality and watch some of golfs top pros compete in one of the European Tour’s most lucrative events.

The first qualifiers took place in Dar es Salaam, Mumbai and Doha in February and the 2016 series takes place across the globe, in destinations including Hong Kong, Great Britain, South Korea, Japan, China, Spain, the United States, Portugal, Italy, France, Greece, Argentina, Brazil and Turkey.

Inter-International Schools’ Swimming C’ships this weekend

November 1, 2016 · Leave a Comment 

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The 22nd Inter-International Schools’ Swimming Championships, hosted by Asian International School (AIS) Colombo, will be held on November 5 and 6 at the Sugathadasa Indoor Swimming Pool.

From left to right: Nihara Bagoos - Head of Sports, Marzena Brzezniak - Deputy Principal AIS, Goolbai Gunasekara - Principal and Director AIS, and Bandula Egodage - Assistant Vice President - Corporate Affairs & Communications, Nestlé
From left to right: Nihara Bagoos – Head of Sports, Marzena Brzezniak – Deputy Principal AIS, Goolbai Gunasekara – Principal and Director AIS, and Bandula Egodage – Assistant Vice President – Corporate Affairs & Communications, Nestlé

 The annual event is expected to have a total of 836 participants representing 21 TISSL (The International Schools of Sri Lanka) member schools taking part in 84 individual events and 22 relays this year.

AIS have won the Championship 12 times, while the remaining have been shared among Colombo International School and the two Lyceum International Schools, Nugegoda and Wattala, with the latter heading in as the defending champions.

The schools participating are Asian International School, Alethea International School, Burhani International School, Colombo International School (Colombo and Kandy), Elizabeth Moir, The British School in Colombo, Gateway College (Colombo and Kandy), Lyceum (Nugegoda, Wattala, Panadura and Rathnapura), Leighton Park, Leeds International, Overseas School in Colombo, OKI International School, Regent International College, Royal Institute, Stafford International School and Wycherly International School.

From left to right: Nihara Bagoos – Head of Sports, Marzena Brzezniak – Deputy Principal AIS, Goolbai Gunasekara – Principal and Director AIS, and Bandula Egodage – Assistant Vice President – Corporate Affairs & Communications, Nestlé

No shuttles for Nationals … on the way from Colombo

October 28, 2016 · Leave a Comment 

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The ongoing Badminton Nationals have been thrown into disarray after few quarter-final matches scheduled for yesterday (27) were postponed for today (28), after the organisers had run out of shuttles, the Daily Mirror reliably learns.

Sri Lanka Badminton Association (SLBA) President Suraj Dandeniya played down the issue stating that only four quarter-finals had been postponed after the quota of shuttles had run out and that steps had been taken to dispatch replacements in time for the tournament to be continued today (28).

“It’s the Referees’ duty to inform about the situation and on the usage of shuttles. Generally at a tournament, an average of 150 shuttle tubes are used, but they had already used about 250 at this tournament,” he said yesterday. “We have sent replacements and the matches will continue tomorrow without a problem.”

A player, speaking to Daily Mirror on the condition of anonymity, alleged that the facilities were also not up to standard for a tournament of this nature, with the lights at the two venues — the Boyagane Army Camp (Kurunegala) and the Kurunegala Municipal Indoor Stadium — blinking through matches and the floors being slippery.

While not totally refuting these claims, Dandeniya said that if these were not issues for the country’s top players, then it should not be an issue for others.

“These players have not been able to even take a set from the Karunaratnes (Dinuka and Niluka), who have competed in international competitions. I spoke to Dinuka and Niluka and they said they have no complaints. If they don’t have an issue, how can these people afford to complain?” queried Dandeniya rhetorically.

“True the facilities are not as good as those in Colombo and maybe there are a few shortcomings, but it is the national obligation of the SLBA to take the game to the rural areas, and develop the sport. The last three years the tournament has been conducted outside Colombo, and since then there is an increase in the number of junior champions from those areas. Sometimes there are shortcomings in these outstation venues,” he said adding, “What we are trying to do is to take the game to villages for the betterment of the sport.”

Sri Lanka swimmers bag six more gold medals on day two

October 20, 2016 · Leave a Comment 

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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.

- MSA

Maris Stella, Rathnayake MV retain titles

October 18, 2016 · Leave a Comment 

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Maris Stella College Negombo and A. Rathnayake MV Walala retained the Boys’ and Girls’ titles respectively at the All-Island National School Games Athletic Championships which concluded at the Bogambara Stadium in Kandy yesterday.

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The victorious Maris Stella (above) and A. Rathnayake MV Walala (below) teams. (Pix by Krishan Ranasinghe)

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Maris Stella finished with a total of 100 points to emerge overall champions for the seventh successive year followed by St. Benedict’s College (87) and St. Mary’s Kegalle (46) who were placed second and third respectively.

Rathnayake MV collected a total of 150 points to emerge overall Girls’ champions for the 14th successive year and they were followed by Sumana BV Ratnapura (64) and Ambagamuwa CC Walala (58) in second and third place respectively.

Western Province secured the overall Provincial Championship with 855 points while Central Province finished second with 492 points and Sabaragamuwa Province finished third with 304 points.

Northern Province athletes also put up a fine performance as they secured the sixth position with a total of 122 points.

Meanwhile, Chamal Kumarasiri of D. S. Senanayake CC Meerigama emerged as the Best Male Athlete for his record breaking effort of 15.52m in the Boys Under-19 triple jump.

In addition, Hashini Balasooriya of Holy Family Convent Wennappuwa emerged as the Best Female Athlete for her record breaking performance of 12.66m in the Under-19 Girls triple jump.

Results:
Boys
Under-19 5000m: 1. J. M. Eranda Madusanka (President’s College, Ambagasduwa) 16:14.2secs, 2. G. D. C. D. Alwis (Rahula College, Katugastota) 16:28.2secs, 3. P. Jenanthanan (Oddusudan MV) 16:34.7secs
Under-21 5000m: 1. L. C. Gunarathna (Berrewaerts College, Ampitiya) 15:45.2sec, 2. Nuwan Theekshana (Badulla MV) 15:51.9secs, 3. D. P. Jayasundara (Vidyartha College, Kandy) 16:18.4secs.
Under-15 200m: 1. S. Milinda Perera (St. Mary’s College, Chilaw) 22.9secs, 2. T. D. Kulasinghe (S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia) 23.3secs, 3. Uthendra Alahakoon (Gateway College, Katunayake) 23.6secs
Under-17 200m: 1. Santhush Weerasinghe (St. Benedict’s College, Kotahena) 22.5secs, 2. C. M. Yodhasinghe (St. Mary’s College, Kegalle) 22.6secs, 3. T. M. Suraj Dinusha (Moraketiya MV) 22.7secs
Under-21 200m: 1. H. L. Minimuthu (St. Mary’s College, Kegalle) 22.3secs, 2. Yasiru Samodya (Kalyana Pradeepa Vidyathana Pirivena, Delgoda) 22.7secs, 3. Prabashwara de Soysa (St. Thomas’ College, Matara) 22.8secs
Under-21 High Jump: 1. Dinith Chanuka (Dharmaraja College, Kuliyapitiya) 1.95m, 2. Janith Tharaka Gunawardhana (Mahanama College, Colombo) 1.90m, 3. Channa Bawantha (Kahawatta Central College) 1.90m
Under-15 Discus Throw: 1. J. Rishanan (Kaluthavali MV, Batticaloa) 46.56m, 2. Akalanka Wijesuriya (St. Peter’s College, Bambalapitiya) 46.25m, 3. Janindu Kithmin Ariyarathne (D. S. Senanayake College, Colombo) 44.15m
Under-19 200m: 1. Aruna Dharshan (Weerakeppetipola NS, Akuramboda) 22.2secs, 2. G. C. Ranaweera (St. Sylvester’s College, Kandy) 22.4secs, 3. R.D. Bandara (Trinity College) 23.0secs
Under-19 Pole Vault: 1. K. Nepthali Joyson (Arunodaya College, Jaffna) 4.61m, 2. S. Dilakshan (Mahajana College, Jaffna) 4.3m, 3. Ushan Thivanka (Maris Stella, Negombo) 4.20m
Under-19 400m hurdles: 1. Uditha Chandrasena (Maris Stella, Negombo) 52.9secs, 2. D. M. S. Rajapaksha (St. Sylvester’s College, Kandy) 54.0secs, 3. Pasindu Lakshan (Maliyadeva, Kurunegala) 55.3secs
Under-17 400m hurdles: 1. Dilusha Kariyawasam (Asoka Vidyalaya, Colombo) 56.0secs, Navodya Sankalpa (Mahinda College, Galle) 56.4secs, 3. A. Abikkshan (St. Anne’s MV) 56.7secs
Under-21 400m hurdles: 1. Shehan Avishka (St. Sebastian’s College, Moratuwa) 55.2secs, 2. Nalinda Abeysekara (Dharmadutha Vidyalaya, Badulla) 55.8secs, 3. W. C. Wijerathna (Anura MV, Wilpotha) 56.3secs
Under-21 800m: 1. R.C. Weerawardana (St. Anthony’s College, Katugastota) 1:56.9secs, 2. B. M. Samaraweera (Ratnayake Central) 1:57.1secs, 3. H. M. Weerasinghe (Ratnayake Central) 1:57.1secs
Under-19 800m: 1. Sankalpa Bandara (St. Mary’s College, Negombo) 1:55.7secs, 2. S. R. I. Bulugahapitiya (Dharmaraja College) 1:56.0secs, 3. P.I. Lakshan (Sri Jinarathana MV, Pothuwatawana) 1:58.4secs
Under-17 Long Jump: P. M. Perera (Maris Stella, Negombo) 6.97m, 2. C. M. Yodhasinghe (St. Mary’s College, Kegalle) 6.72m, 3. Dananjaya Ratnayake (St. Benedict’s College, Kotahena) 6.68m
Under-17 800m: 1. S. Karunarathna (Rathnayake Central, Walala) 1:59.1secs, 2. Ravishka Indrajith (St. Benedict’s, Kotahena) 2:001secs, 3. M. C. Madusanka (Randiwala MV, Mawanella) 2:01.1secs

Girls
Under-21 Long Jump: 1. W. M. K. T. M. Wijesinghe (Royal College, Polonnnaruwa) 5.07m, 2. P. D. N. Jayalath (Tholangamuwa Central) 5.06m, 3. N. Shashi Prabha (Marapola MV, Minuwangoda) 5.04m
Under-19 5000m: 1. L. R. N. L. Wijetunga (Kegalu BV) 18:41.5secs, 2. Kalpani Prasanthika (Gunaratne Vidyalaya, Palatuwa) 18:54.7secs, 3. Dilrukshi Samarakoon (Welimada MMV) 19:21.1secs
Under-21 5000m: 1. N. M. A. Kumari (Rathnayake Central, Walala) 20:00.6secs, 2. Dilrukshi Sambuddhika (Thuppitiya MV, Uva) 20:02.2secs, 3. G. A. Kulatunga (Ratnayake Central, Walala) 20:04.4secs
Under-15 200m: 1. Sadeepa Henderson (Gateway College, Rajagiriya) 26.8secs, 2. Yashini Dahanayake (Yasodara BV, Colombo 8) 26.9secs, 3. Keshani Randula (Gamini MMV, Bentota) 27.0secs
Under-17 200m: 1. Tharaka Divyanjalee (St. Joseph’s Girls School, Colombo 14) 25.3secs, 2. Evanthi Emeshika (St. Mary’s College, Matara) 25.5secs, 3. Nethali Malpana (Gateway College, Rajagiriya) 25.7secs
Under-19 200m: 1. Yamani Dulanjali (Ambagamuwa Central) 24.7secs, 2. F. S. Yamick (Viharamaha Devi Girls School) 24.9secs, 3. Dilshi Kumarasinghe (Rathnayake Central, Walala) 25.3secs
Under-21 200m: 1. Omaya Udayangani (Welimada Central) 25.5secs, 2. Tharindu Heshani (Gurukula College, Kelaniya) 26.6secs, 3. Raveesha Jeevanthi (Ave Maria Convent, Negombo) 26.7secs
Under-21 400m hurdles: 1. Saumya Dilrukshi (Holy Cross College, Gampaha) 1:04.6secs, 2. Thushani Dinushika (Ambagamuwa Central) 1:08.3secs, 3. Vishadi Seneviratne (Princess of Wales, Moratuwa) 1:09.9secs
Under-19 Javelin Throw: P. H. Sewwandi (Dharmapala MV, Eheliyagoda) 40.02m, 2. Hazna Mirasha Deen (Agamathi Balika, Panadura) 37.16m, 3. I. M. Attanayake (Ira Handa Ketuwwa MV, Polonnnaruwa) 35.41m
Under-17 800m: 1. H. M. C. S. Herath (Rathnayake Central) 2:21.8secs, 2. P. K. de Soysa (Rathnayake Central) 2:21.9secs, 3. G. N. Jayasinghe (Rathnayake Central) 2:22.3secs
Under-19 800m: 1. Dilshi Kumarasinghe (Rathnayake Central) 2:18.0secs, 2. I.N.K. Basnayake (Rathnayake Central) 2:25.2secs, 3. G.C.K. Basnayake (Rathnayake Central) 2:25.9secs
Under-21 800m: 1. Pamodha Abeysinghe (Rathnayake Central) 2:17.8secs, 2. R. I. Bopitiya (Sumana Balika, Ratnapura) 2:20.8secs, 3. G. S. Sandalekha (Ambagamuwa Central) 2:26.3secs

Rousey to return to UFC in December

October 13, 2016 · Leave a Comment 

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Mixed martial arts star Ronda Rousey is poised to return to the Octagon on December 30, taking on UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes.

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Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White said Wednesday the bout would headline the UFC 207 card in Las Vegas.

The 29-year-old Rousey, a former Olympic judo bronze medallist, held the UFC 135-pound crown for three years, from November of 2012 to November of 2015 — when she was brutally knocked out by Holly Holm in Melbourne in one of the biggest shocks in the history of UFC.

Holm lost the title in her first attempted defence against Meisha Tate.

Brazil’s Nunes won the title with a first-round submission victory over Tate in July.

Fury vacates world heavyweight titles to focus on recovery

October 13, 2016 · Leave a Comment 

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Tyson Fury’s troubled 11th month reign as world heavyweight champion came to an end on Thursday when the British boxer announced he would be vacating his WBO and WBA titles “to fully focus on his medical treatment and recovery”.

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The 28-year-old has not fought since beating Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko to win the titles in November 2015 and has since admitted taking cocaine to battle depression.

Fury has twice called off a fight against Klitschko, in July because of an ankle injury and last month for an unspecified medical condition, and also briefly retired from the sport.

“I feel that it is only fair and right and for the good of boxing to keep the titles active and allow the other contenders to fight for the vacant belts that I proudly won and held as the undefeated heavyweight champion of the world …” Fury said in statement released by his promoter Mick Hennessy.

“I won the titles in the ring and I believe that they should be lost in the ring, but I’m unable to defend at this time and I have taken the hard and emotional decision to now officially vacate my treasured world titles

“(I) wish the next in-line contenders all the very best as I now enter another big challenge in my life which I know, like against Klitschko, I will conquer.”

Tyson’s points victory over Klitschko in Duesseldorf, Germany at the end of November last year was one of the biggest upsets in the long history of heavyweight boxing.

It was a first defeat for Klitschko in 11 years and the now 40-year-old Ukrainian immediately demanded a re-match.

Klitschko expressed his frustration after Fury called off a fight for the second time last month and last week accused the Briton of “dragging boxing through the mud”.

At the start of October, ESPN reported Fury had tested positive for cocaine, citing a leaked letter sent by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA) which Reuters has been unable to verify.

A couple of days later, Fury announced his retirement in an expletive-laden tweet, only to abruptly reverse the decision hours later, saying he planned to carry on fighting.

In an interview with Rolling Stone published on Oct. 4, Fury admitted to drinking heavily and using cocaine to help him deal with depression, saying he had been diagnosed as “manic depressive”.

In the interview, he denied ever taking banned substances before he fought and said his cocaine use had started only after he beat Klitschko.

Fury has also been charged with an anti-doping rule violation by UK Anti-Doping after a urine sample from February 2015 – nine months before his victory over Klitschko – showed traces of the banned stimulant nandrolone. He denies any wrongdoing.

Hennessy described the decision to vacate the titles as “heartbreaking” and Peter Fury, the boxer’s uncle and trainer, said he was convinced his nephew, who has a professional record of 25-0, would return to the ring.

“Tyson will be back stronger from this and I will make sure, no matter what we have to deal with, Tyson not only comes back but will reclaim what’s rightfully his,” he said.

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