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Yupun creates new 100m SA and national record

10 September, 2020
Yupun Wijekoon after setting up 100m Sri Lanka and South Asian records in Germany

Italy based Sri Lankan sprinter Yupun Abeykoon established a new South Asian and a National men’s 100m record with a timing of 10.16 (+0.4)secs at an international meet in Dessau/Germany on last Tuesday (8). He defeated the German Champion Denis Almas to win the event. The former 100m National record and the South Asian record were held by Himasha Eashan (10.22 secs).

Yupun Abeykoon anchored the Sri Lanka 4x100M Relay team to win the gold medal at the South Asian Games in 2019 in Kathmandu, Nepal. During the South Asian Games Yupun, Himasha Eshan, Vinod Suranjaya and Chanuka Sandeep were able to erase 15-year-old record of 4x100 relay established by the Indian team in 2004 (39.91 secs) with a new record timing of 39.14 seconds.

The dedicated sprinter Yupun continued his training in Italy even during the period of the Covid19 pandemic, to achieve his dream of representing Sri Lanka at the Tokyo Olympic Games. He needs to run under 10.05 seconds to earn direct qualification for the Olympics.

Yupun Priyadarshana Abeykoon

Birthday – 31 December 1994

From – Pannala

Based in – Rome, Italy

School - Pannala National School and St. Joseph Vaz College Wennappuwa

School coaches – Ms. Subadra and Dinesh Bandara

School coach until 2015 – Chaminda Sampath

Left Sri Lanka for scholarship in Italy -2015

Training Centre - Fiammegialle Sports Center - Rome,Italy

Present Coaches - Raparelli, Licciardello

Attached to – SLEME regiment Army

Previous Sri Lanka representation

1. South Asian Junior Athletics championship in Ranchi – India 2013

2. World Military Games – 4x100m Bronze Medal (2015)

3. South Asian Games – 4x100M Gold Medal (2019)