Srimali aims to win gold at SAG in Nepal | Sunday Observer

Srimali aims to win gold at SAG in Nepal

Srimali Samarakoon is an outstanding woman weight lifter who is holding the present Sri Lanka weight lifting record of 140 kgs. She has represented the country at the Youth Commonwealth Games in 2015 and won a silver medal. Now she is training hard to represent the country at the forthcoming South Asian Games to be held in Nepal, in December, this year.

Srimali secured the Silver Medal at the Youth Commonwealth Games in the year 2015 held in Samoa in the 48 kg. Weight class at the age of 16 years. She was unlucky to miss the Gold Medal by only 1 Kg. which was won by Katherine Jones of Wales.

Srimali snatched a 53 Kgs and Clean & Jerk 72 Kgs and her total was 125 Kgs whereas Katherine Jones had a total was 126 kgs.

In that particular weight class Hailee Nicole of Australia got the Bronze Medal when she snatched 53 kgs and Clean & Jerk 70 kgs. For a total of 123 Kgs.

Srimali started Weight lifting under Nadeeka Bandara when she was a student of Habarana Central in 2011. Her competitive weight lifting started in 2013 and she went on to win the All Island National Schools, Junior Nationals and Senior Nationals every year up to date.

In every National Schools and Junior Nationals she became the Best Lifter in the 48 kg weight class. She was in the Habarana Central up to grade eleven and after O’levels she joined Mahamaya Girls College, Kandy in 2016. She has got through her Advanced Level with 3 As and is hoping to do higher studies at the University in the Sports Science & Management stream.

Srimali is holding the present Sri Lanka weight lifting record of 140 kg and it was only 100 kg earlier held by a former weight lifter of Polonnaruwa Weight Lifting Club.

Srimali is practicing at Ambatenna Weight Lifting Centre under the coach Nadeeka Bandara, a veteran weight lifting coach, for the forthcoming South Asian games.

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