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Nilaweera and Kelum shine in Pentathlon

Asanka Nilaweera and Suresh Kelum competing in the Modern Pentathlon Laser run in Dublin, Ireland
Asanka Nilaweera and Suresh Kelum competing in the Modern Pentathlon Laser run in Dublin, Ireland

Sri Lanka’s leading Modern Pentathlon athletes Asanka Nilaweera (Air Force) and Suresh Kelum (Sri Lanka Army) did well to be ranked among the top ten in the world when they were placed seventh and tenth at the World Modern Pentathlon Championships held at the pitch of the Trinity College in Dublin Ireland recently.

The Championship saw over 400 competitors from twenty countries in action from different age categories.

The main event was won by Hungary’s Bence Kardos and Tom O’Brien of Israel who clocked the identical time of 10: 01.01 secs. for the event. The first runner-up David Kindl of Czechoslovakia finished the event in a time of 11:01.08 secs.

Nilaweera who completed the event clocked 12:25.03 secs. which helped him to finish seventh, while Suresh Kelum was able to clock 13:25.08 and was placed tenth. This was the first occasion that Sri Lankans had the opportunity of representing the country at a world Championship which has brought good results only three years after the introduction of the sport to the country.

Sri Lanka athletes formed the Modern Pentathlon Federation of Sri Lanka and conducted four international events that successfully found the best available talent.

The Laser run events were held in four different parts of the country where the two athletes were the most successful in reaching the qualifying standards to compete at the world Championships.

Paddy Boyd, CEO of Pentathlon Ireland paid glowing tribute to all participating countries and said that he was happy to watch 28 countries participate and made a request to promote the Laser Run or the Modern Pentathlon by way of more participation in the future.

 

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