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Royal College divers strike gold

The triumphant Royal College medal winners comprising Sawinda Dissanayake (bronze), Prasad Dissanayake (gold and silver), Isiwaruna de Silva (bronze), Binuja Amaranayake (silver and bronze), Matheesha Marambe (gold and silver), Akindu Samaraweera (bronze),Venuka Kankanamge (gold and silver), Induwara Gunawardena (gold and silver),Yusuf Shihar (gold), Senuja Ranasinghe (silver), Imeth de Silva (bronze) and Movindu Katugampala (bronze)
The triumphant Royal College medal winners comprising Sawinda Dissanayake (bronze), Prasad Dissanayake (gold and silver), Isiwaruna de Silva (bronze), Binuja Amaranayake (silver and bronze), Matheesha Marambe (gold and silver), Akindu Samaraweera (bronze),Venuka Kankanamge (gold and silver), Induwara Gunawardena (gold and silver),Yusuf Shihar (gold), Senuja Ranasinghe (silver), Imeth de Silva (bronze) and Movindu Katugampala (bronze)

Royal College’s diving team won 29 medals including eight gold medals in 15 events across all age groups at the AITM Bangkok Schools Invitational Diving Championship last month.

The team led by second year coloursman Isiwaruna de Silva faced the challenge from the seasoned and experienced divers in Thailand and won the overall championship.

Royal which won most local tournaments in 2018, competed in six different age groups.

They won seven gold medals out of the 12 springboard events and one in the platform event beating Thailand to win the overall championship.

In the under-11 event Yusuf Shihar, Senuja Ranasinghe, and Imeth de Silva won gold, silver, and bronze medals respectively both in the one metre and three metres springboard events. Yusuf scored 133.3 points in the three metres event and 126.2 points in one metre event.

In the under-13 event Venuka Kankanamge won two gold medals in both springboards with 174.5 points and 188.8 points in the one metre and three metre events respectively.

Induwara Gunawardena won two silver medals in both events. Gunawardena won the gold in the platform event while Kankanamge won the silver. Tight competition prevailed in under-15 one metre event in which Matheesha Marambe won the gold with 242.7 points while teammate Akindu Samaraweera finished third scoring 219.5 points. Marambe and Samaraweera won silver and bronze in both the three metre and platform events respectively.

In the under-17, Binuja Amaranayake won a silver and bronze medal in the three metre and one metre events respectively while Movindu Katugampala won bronze in the three metre event.

Prasad Dissanayake won two golds and one silver in the under 19 events while Isiwaruna de Silva won three bronze medals in the same category. Royal’s vice captain Savinda Dissanayake won one silver and bronze in the Open category.

The team was coached by Chanaka Wickremesinghe, a former Sri Lanka and Royal College diving captain and an Asian Games bronze medalist with Sahan Peiris, national diver who represented Sri Lanka at the 2018 Commonwealth Games assisting him while DA Jayantha Gunasekara was the master in charge and manager.

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