Eranda leaps to new SL record
One Sri Lanka record and four meet records took a beating on day two
at the 90th Athletic National Championships held at the Sugathadasa
Armyís Eranda Dinesh Fernando who created a new Sri Lanka
record in the menís triple jump event at the 90th National
Athletic Championship clearing a distance of 16.37 m in
action at the Sugathadasa Stadium yesterday. Pic: Susantha
In the menís triple jump event Armyís Eranda Dinesh Fernando broke a
six year old record with a new mark of 16.37 metres bettering the
previous 16.26 metres set by S.D. Weerasinghe in 2006. In the process he
also bettered the existing meet record.
Among the other new meet record breakers were Dilhani Lekamge in the
womenís javelin throw with a distance of 55.76 metres passing the
previous best 55.07 metres set by Nadeeka Lakmali of the army in 2008.
In the womenís 800m final N.M. Dilrukshi (Army) clocked 2.04.97 to erase
the previous 2.08.23 by D.H.M. Priyadharshini of the army in 2003. The
second and third place winners D.A.S. Samanmali of the air force and
K.A.D. Sandakanthi also from the air force had new marks in the womenís
800m race with the timing of 2.06.24 and 2.06.95 respectively.
Athletes from the three armed forces dominated the proceedings only
Harshini Wijesiinghe of the Mercantile Athletic Association won the
womenís 100m hurdles event with a timing of 14.26 seconds. G.A.
Dayananda from the Sri Lanka Schools Athletic Association was placed
second with a timing of 14.60 seconds.
A heavy downpour accompanied by thunder and lightening during the
latter stages brought the meet to a halt with a couple of events still
to be worked off. As usual today, the final day the menís and womenís
100m sprint final will be worked out at 3.30 pm and 3.40 pm respectively
followed by the menís and womenís 400m finals at 4.oopm and 4.10 pm. It
will be followed by the womenís 1500m final and the menís 5000m race.
There will also be a boys and girls invited relay. In the womenís puff
shot Navyís M. Muthunayake lobbed a distance of 14.50m to better the
1,000 m (Men): 1. N.M.C. Nawasinghe (Air Force) 31.12.14, 2. W.H.M.
Wijesinghe (SL Army) 31.23.84, 3. P. Sujith Kumara (SL Army) 31.38.11.
Shot put (Men): 1. A.J.D. Perera (Navy) 14.27 m, 2. T.S.
Wannniarachchi (Air Force) 14.21 m, 3. U.S. Battage (Navy) 14.21 m.
Javelin throw (Women): 1. H.L.N.D. Lekamge (Army) 55.76 m (New meet
record), 2. Naduka Lakmali (Army) 53.79 m, 3. K.A.M.P. Silva
(unattached) 45.93 m.
800 m (women): 1. N.M. Dilrukshi (Army) 2.04.97 (New meet record), 2.
D.A.S. Samanmali (Air Force) 2.06.24 (Broke previous record), 3. K.A.D.
Sandakanthi (Air Force) 2.06.95 (broke previous record).
100 m Hurdle(Women): 1. Harshani Wijesinghe (Mercantile AA) 14.26
sec., 2. G.A. Dayananda (Sri Lanka Schools AA) 14.60 sec., 3. D.P.
Mohottala (Air Force) 14.98 sec.
110 m hurdles (Men): 1. K.W.S. Randiwa (Army) 14.95.95 sec., 2.
K.P.H. Nirmal (Navy) 15.02 sec., 3. W.M.I. Abeynaike (Army) 15.03 sec.
400 m hurdles (Women): 1. W.K.L.A. Nimali (Air Force) 1.02.56 sec.,
2. Nayomika Gimhani Jayathilake (Sri Lanka Schools AA) 1.02.76 sec., 3.
Lakshini Hettigama (Sri Lanka Schools AA) 1.03.76 sec.
Shot put (Women): 1. M.N.D. Muthunayake (Navy) 14.50 m (New meet
record), 2. W.T.K. Fernando (Air Force) 13.79 m, 3. Amanthi Orhani Silva
(Sri Lanka Schools AA) 12.03 m.
400 m hurdles (Men): 1. K.M. Gunatileka (Army) 51.66 sec., 2. J.
Lahiru Prasanjith (Sri Lanka Schools AA) 52.80 sec., 3. H.S.P. Silva
(Air Force) 52.92 sec.
Triple jump (Men): 1. Eranda Dinesh Fernando (Army) 16.37 m (New Sri
Lanka record), 2. I.D.S. Jayasinghe (Arm,y) 16.25 m, 3. G.P. Sanath
Udayanga (Police) 15.63 m.