Anusha creates history with Bronze Medal

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 Sri Lanka’s veteran pugilist Anusha Kodituwakku created history when she became the first Women’s boxer to win a medal for her country at the 21st Commonwealth Games which continued in Gold Coast, Australia yesterday.  
Anusha was beaten 0-5 on points at the hands of India’s Mary Com in the Women’s light fly weight (46-48kg) semi-final bout which ensured her the Bronze Medal in this event.  


The five-member panel of judges for this bout included Mbemap Moises (Australaia), Fiacco Frank (Canada), Kim Jon Jin (Korea), Pastuhov Valeri (Moldova) and Aslanov Fuad (Azerbaijan).  


Meanwhile, Ishan Bandara put up an impressive performance to reach the semi-finals of the Men’s 52kg weight class category while ensuring Sri Lanka of another Bronze Medal. 


Bandara defeated Thabo Molefe from Lesotho on points 4-1 in the quarter-finals of the fly weight category. 


The five-member panel of judges for this bout included Mokretari Sid (Algeria), Beckles James (Trinidad and Tobago), Fujisaku Atsuo (Japan), Whippy Seru (Fiji) and Finch Alvin (England).


Bandara secured the first round 30-27 and went on to clinch the second round 30-26. He took the third round 30-27 before conceding the fourth round 28-29 following a close contest. 


However, he came back strongly and won the fifth and final round 29-28 to seal the contest in his favour. 


Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s Dulani Jayasinghe missed out on a Bronze Medal when she was knocked-out from the quarter-finals of the Women’s 51kg weight class category.


She was brought down in round two by Christine Ongare of Kenya with the Referee Pastuhov Valeri of Moldova deciding to stop the contest. 


Athletics 


Sri Lanka’s Rumeshika Ratnayake was placed sixth in the Women’s 200 metres first semi-final with a time of 23.60 seconds. 


In addition, Sri Lanka’s Janaka Wimalasiri finished a disappointing seventh in the Men’s long jump final with a performance of 7.89m. 


Manjula Kumara who qualified for the Men’s high jump clearing 2.21m in the qualification round failed to clear the starting height of 2.18m in the final.


Dilhani Lekamge was placed fifth in the final of the Women’s javelin throw with her best throw measured at 56.02m.

 

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(Agencies)