Dissanayake brings home ‘Silver’

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XXI Commonwealth Games

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Indika Dissanayake with his medal

 

S.R. Pathiravithana reporting the Gold Coast

After a long lapse the Lankans once again speak on sport that is on the ascent. Last afternoon the Lankans brought their third medal in weightlifting – this time a ‘Silver’ courtesy sailor Indika Dissanayake at the Carrara Stadium, arena, Gold Coast, yesterday. 


Competing in the men’s 69 kilogram category, Dissanayake was a favourite for a medal and looked a huge contender for the Gold, until Welshman Gareth Evans decided to join the party.


Then it became a ding-dong battle with both contenders – Evans and Dissanayake not willing to give any amiss, they went pound to pound. 


Dissanayake started with a heavy 132kgs and then increased to 137kgs in the Snatch and had a successful lifts of 160 before dropping the 163kgs in the Clean and Jerk. 


The former Kingswoodian was not ashamed to shed a tear of joy. The elated Dissanayake told the Daily Mirror, “My aim was the Gold and from the beginning I was going for it. Had I done the 163 successfully I would have achieved two objectives. Yes, that would have given me the Gold. At the same time if I had completed a 300kg lift I would have been eligible to compete in the Olympics – That is my ultimate goal. That will be my Asian Games watershed. I am sure that I will be able to achieve this dream and I am determined to go for it.” 


MB_1-3In the women’s weightlifting category, Chamari Warnakulasuriya like Palangasinghe yesterday finished in fourth position. Though she finally slid into the category of ‘also ran’s’ tiny Warnakulasuriya was full of grit and thirsty to emulate the deeds of Chathuranga Lakmal and Dinusha Gomes who brought home two bronze medals in the first day of competition.


From the first call Warnakulasuriya upped the weight that she was offered. This thus enabled her to stay among the medal hopefuls until her last attempt. She had two successful attempts in the snatch at 78 and 94 and even attempted personally the 102kg lift in pursuance of the bronze attempt, but that ended up in the basket of bitter memories. 


After her attempt she said, “I am glad that I achieved the Sri Lanka record in the 53kgs category, but, when it comes to international challenges, the challenges are always bigger than our personal best and I must train harder to make a mark in my next challenge at the Asian Games which will be a reality shortly.”  


Twenty-five-year old boxer Thiwanka Ranasinghe won his 46-49kgs category over South Africa’s Siyabulela Mphongoshi and moved on to the quarter-finals at the Oxenford Boxing arena, yesterday. He won the fight at 4-0. His next event will be on April 10. 


There was another win for Sri Lanka in the men’s table tennis team event when Imesh Ranasinghe beat Carlton Daniel of the St. Vincent and Grenadines.


There were three other fights in this same weight category conducted yesterday. However Thiwanka has not won any major events in his short career. 


In spite of the huge following the swimmers and the shuttlers have continued to disappoint. 


Today, the only incumbent gold medallist in any sport — Chinthana Vidanage will be in action in the  77kgs category.

 

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RESULTS
Gareth Evans (Wales) 299
Indika Dissanayake (Sri Lanka) 297
Deepak Lather (India) 295