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26th National Rowing Championships:

Royal, Bishopís excell at Bolgoda

Royal and Bishops College took major honours at the 26th National Rowing Championships on the 2000 meter multi-lane rowing course, Bolgoda Lake yesterday.


The Jubilant Musaeus College under-19 rowing team who won the Womenís Fours Under-19 event at the National Rowing Championship at Bolgoda Lake yesterday. In the picture are Swarnamali Wijesinghe, Nithira Wijemanne, Chalani Ramanayake, Hiruni Mendis, Subashini Kularatne. - Pic: Kavindra Perera

Royal won five gold medals and Bishops College who excelled in the girls events took three gold medals. Royal Under 19 team won the Menís doubles sculls with Chirath Karunanayake (B) and Jehan Samaraeskera (S) in Menís pairs Royal were represented by Radika Weerasekera (Captain) and Pradeep Madumabandara (S). They also went to win the coxed Fours with Chirath Karunanayake (B), Ajmal Sideek (2), Jehan Samarasekera (3), Thivanka Jayatileka (S) and Danushka Perera (cox).

Royal also won the Under 16 Pairs and Fours.

The best performance in the girls events came from Bishops College when they won the Under 16 Single and double Sculls, and fours. Anushki Sumanapala along with her sister Asanthi Sumanapala impressed everyone, Anushki won the girls under 16 single scull and partnering her sister Asanthi brought the second gold medal by winning the double sculls.

Ladies College, too, won three gold medals when their under 16 and under 19 pairs and the double sculls fared impressively.

Swarnamali Wijesinghe of Musaeus College also won three gold medals winning the girls Under 19 single sculls, Fours , and the school girl sculler.

Among the boys Sajeeve de Silva of S.Thomas College Mount Lavinia was also impressive winning three gold medals in the open sculls, open fours and and being the schoolboy sculler. Incidentally, Sajeev de Silva is down to represent the country in Rowing at the November Asian Games to be held in China, along with Guyan Jayatileka who was placed second in the open sculls, but won the gold in the over 19 sculls.

University of Colombo won three gold medals in the over 19 pairs, double sculls and and fours.

Royal won the under-16 Nalin Mendis Trophy and under-19 side won the Eraj Wijesinghe Trophy while Air Force took the Maj. Gen. Percy Fernando Trophy (over-19). S. Thomasí, Mount Lavinia took the Gerry Silva Trophy for winning the Open Event in the menís category.

In the womenís category under-16 Bishopís College took the Flipper Trophy. Museaus College under-19 secured the ARASL Trophy while University of Colombo (over-19) took the Deva Henry Trophy as the overall winners in the respective age categories.

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