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AIS swimmers grab five medals at Indian meet

by malinga
February 11, 2024 1:15 am 0 comment 585 views

By Sajeewa Jayakody

Three talented swimmers from Asian International School, Christina Perumal, Sithuki Yonara and Nikhileshawaran Kumaraguru won five bronze medals out of a total 10 swimming bronze medals grabbed by the Sri Lankan team during a three-day championship in New Delhi.

Christina Perumal secured two bronze medals as the first athlete to secure a medal for Sri Lanka on the opening day of the championship with one being in the women’s 200m Breaststroke, clocking 2:52.68 in her debut international appearance.

She narrowly missed a podium finish in the women’s 100m Breaststroke finishing fifth in a time of 1:19.00 and her achievements remained commendable.

Sithuki Yonara, another standout performer, also claimed two bronze medals in her inaugural international appearance.

Yonara’s stellar performance was in the women’s 200m Backstroke where she clocked 2:39.86 for the bronze medal.

She secured fourth place in the100m Backstroke and women’s 400m Freestyle and showcased her skills in the women’s 50m Backstroke finishing fifth in a time of 34.80.

Perumal and Yonara joined forces to secure the women’s 4x100m Medley Relay bronze along with teammates Amaiah Rasool and Dinali Karunadasa, with an impressive time of 4:55.09.

Among the male swimmers from AIS, Nikhileshawaran Kumaraguru exhibited remarkable talent by clinching the men’s 4x100m Medley Relay bronze medal for Sri Lanka, along with teammates Binura Thalagala (Lyceum Wattala), MF Muhammad (Zahira College) and Manuja Gamage (Ananda College), in a time of 4:10.71. Kumaraguru finished fifth in the men’s 50m Butterfly in a time of 26.16.

Unfortunately, AIS team member Kashika Vishalini represented Sri Lanka but did not secure any podium finishes, although her participation contributed to the team’s overall performance.

The outstanding achievements of Christina Perumal, Sithuki Yonara and Nikhileshawaran Kumaraguru have not only brought pride to Asian International School but also exemplified the calibre of Sri Lanka’s swimming talent on the international stage.

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