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BY NAMAL PATHIRAGE IN GUWAHATI Sri Lanka collected a further 19 medals (inclusive of 4 gold medals) on Sunday in the 12th South Asian Games taking place in the Indian cities of Guwahati and Shillong. At the end of the second day’s events Sri Lanka had won 8 gold, 18 silver and 14 bronze medals to occupy the second position behind hosts India. Pakistan were third with a couple of gold medals. Significant, was the surprise gold medal won for the cycling events and the for unexpected loss of Chinthana Vidanage in weight lifting. Jeewan Jayasinghe with 34 points won gold in the men’s 60 kilo metre – Citerium event. The silver medal too was won by Sri Lanka’s Navin Ruchira Appuhamy who had 24 points. Chinthana Vidanage, a former Commonwealth and South Asian Games gold medalist had to be satisfied with a silver medal with an overall tally of 300 kgs.

Chinthana had a lift of 133 kgs in ‘snatch’ and 167kgs in ‘jerk’. The victor was Indian Ajay Singh with an overall tally of 305kgs. Meanwhile, Matthew Abeysinghe won his fourth gold medal of the games clocking in 23.33 secs in the men’s 50 metre freestyle final. The win got Matthew closer to the seven gold medal mark of Sri Lankan swimming legend Julian Bolling set in the 1991 Colombo games. P.L.H. Lakshan defeated Bijay Sinjali of Nepal to win gold in the men’s Wu- Shu Taolu – Changquan competition with 8.86 points. The Nepalese had 8.80 points. In the pool, Kimiko Rahim touched first in the women’s 200 metre back-stroke event with a timing of 2 minutes 18.09 secs.

The second was Indian Manna Powel with a timing of 2 minutes 22.06 secs. In all Sri Lanka have won medals in five disciplines out of the 23 to be competed. In the last edition of the games in 2010 Sri Lanka won an aggregate of 105 medals inclusive of 16 gold, 35 silver and 54 bronze. However Sri Lanka finished fourth as Pakistan and Bangladesh won more gold medals. Going by the promise of the Minister of Sport to financially reward medal winners, by the quantum had exceeded Rs. 10 million.