Rumesh and Shayamali cynosure of all eyes

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Junior National Athletics Meet

image_1524685874-a54d229836By Susil Premalal 

Three new meet records were established on the third day of the 56th Junior National Athletics Championships continued at the Sugathadasa Stadium in Colombo yesterday.


The best effort of the day came from Rumesh Tharanga of St. Peter’s College Bambalapitiya as he set a new mark in the Boys’ Under-16 javelin throw final while erasing a 17 year old record. 


Tharanga cleared a distance of 65.26m to win the event while erasing the previous record of 62.27m set by I. A. Paranagama of Nalanda College way back in 2001.   


This was in fact Tharanga’s second meet record after having set up a new mark while competing in the Boys’ Under-16 discus throw final on the opening day of the meet. 


In addition, Shayamli Kumarasinghe of A. Rathnayake MMV Walala also had the honour of establishing her second record of the meet while competing in the Girls’ Under-20, 400m heat.   

  
Shayamali who earlier set a new mark in the Girls’ Under-20, 800m final, continued her remarkable success while clocking a splendid 55.94s. 

 

The best effort of the day came from Rumesh Tharanga of St. Peter’s College Bambalapitiya as he set a new mark in the Boys’ Under-16 javelin throw final while erasing a 17 year old record


She also bettered the previous record of 56.08s set by R. M. S. K. Ratnayake of St. Joseph’s BMV Kegalle in 2012.


Meanwhile, D. M. Bogoda from Kurunegala DAA also put up a fine performance as he established a new record in the Boys’ Under-18, 400m heats.


Bogoda returned a superb time of 48.55s and shattered the previous record of 48.87s set by R. P. T. R. Indrajith of St. Benedict’s College Kotahena in 2017.


Altogether, a total of 20 new meet records and one Sri Lanka record have been established after the completion of the third day. The meet will conclude today. The meet is also conducted to select athletes for the Third South Asian Junior Athletics Championships which will be held on May 5 and 6 at the same venue.

 

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