Lanka aim to finish with glorious bang
Edward brings first ever Karate medal for the country
With the best timing in yesterday's semi-finals, Sri Lanka emerged
as favourites for one of the glamour events of the Asian Games as
the curtain comes down today with China roaring far ahead of all
The Sri Lankan
quartet comprising former gold medal winner Sugath Thilakaratne,
Rohan Pradeep Kumara, Ranga Wimalawansa and Prasanna Amarasekera
zoomed the four laps in the best timing of 3 minutes 4. 75 seconds
with Kazakhstan finishing second best in a time of 3 minutes 6.
hopes of finishing with a golden bang rose yesterday with the news
that top star Sugath Thilakaratne - plagued by injury which cost
him a medal in his pet 400 metres event - was fully fit and would
take part in today's 4x400 relays final at starting at 8 a.m. Sri
Sri Lankan officials
said they were confident of Thilakaratne's participation and he
would anchor the country to another golden triumph in this relay
- 28 years after W. Wimaladasa, Kosala Sahabandu, A. Premachandra
and Sunil Gunewardena brought glory to Sri Lanka in the Teheran
Sunil Gunewardena is the coach of three members of today's quartet
and Sri Lanka would be hoping the trainees would do as well if not
better than the coach. Victory for Sri Lanka in the 4x400 metres
relay today, in the afterglow of the country's victory in this event
at the recent 14th Asian Athletics Championship in Colombo, would
help restore Sri Lanka's presitge as South Asia's champions in track
and field though India have already overtaken Sri Lanka by five
golds to two. At the Asian Athletics Championship, Sri Lanka won
glittered for the men's relay, a shadow of gloom hung over the women's
4x100 metres relay team. With supersprinter Susanthika Jayasinghe
pulling out due to injury, which cost her a second gold medals in
the 200 metres, two members of the relay team would end up as virtual
tourists here. Jani Chathurangani and Anoma Suriyarachchi of the
women's sprint relay team faced a similar fate at the Manchester
Commonwealth Games two months ago and find themselves as passengers
again for no fault of theirs.
Off the track,
Sri Lanka achieved another surprise and significant medal for the
first time in karate, showing the growing popularity of this event
in the country. Edward Jebamalai, compelled to pay his own fare
to the Asian Games, shared a bronze medal with a Malaysian.
The Sunday Times he was delighted to bring karate honour to his
country though he like many others in the Sri Lankan team had to
pocket out their own expenses.
In rugby, Sri
Lanka who were thrashed 11-70 by Korea and 06-129 by Japan could
win a bronze medal if they beat Taiwan today. But there is a catch.
Only these four teams are taking part in the Asian Games rugby.
thrashed in Sharjah
SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Pakistan fell
to abject defeat in less than two days of the second test against
Australia on Saturday, being skittled for a record-low 53 in their
second innings to lose by an innings and 198 runs.
been dismissed for their previous record low of 59 in their first
innings on Friday and their match total of 112 was the fourth worst
in test history. The result means Australia, who won the first test
by 41 runs in Colombo, take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-test
series. Opener Matthew Hayden had top-scored with a patient 119
- his ninth test century - to help Australia take a commanding first-innings
lead of 251 over Pakistan on the second day.
Hayden, unbeaten on 74 overnight, came close to carrying his bat
but was the ninth batsman to be dismissed before Australia were
bowled out for 310. The Australian bowlers once again ripped apart
their opponents' batting order with only two Pakistan players making
double figures - opener Imran Nazir top-scoring with 16 and Misbah-ul-Haq
took four for 13 to add to his four for 11 from the first innings.
After humbling Pakistan to 59 all out on the first day, Australia
were comfortably placed on 191 for four in reply overnight. Hayden,
however, took time to settle down early on in the morning session
in the company of Damien Martyn, who had resumed on 19 not out.
Batticaloa and Polonnaruwa giant killers at OWSC Lemonade Sixes
Three combined schools team from Jaffna, Batticaloa and Polonnaruwa
participating for the first time at the Tenth Old Wesleyites Sports
Club organised Schools Invitation Lemonade Sixes cricket tournament
created major upsets when the tournament got underway yesterday
at the Campbell Park.
Combined was the other team expected to take part but failed to
turn up. Jaffna Combined was the first to achieve it when they defeated
Nalanda convincingly by 25 runs but was unfortunate to lose in the
second round against last years runner up De Mazenod, Kandana which
put them out of contention but they showed the world that with all
the shortcomings they had to undergo they have the talent and if
given the opportunity they can compete with better teams, Polonnaruwa
Combined overcame St. Anthony's Wattala by five wickets and Batticaloa
Combined beat fancied Isipathana also by five wickets.
Lumbini MV registered
the highest when they scored 70 for 2 against Royal Institute. Aruna
Rajawasam of S.Thomas' hit the highest individual score of 34 against
Royal in the second round. Royal who are the reigning champs bowed
out of the tournament when they were beaten by arch rivals S.Thomas'.
First Round - S.Thomas' 60/3 beat Kalutara MV 45/4, Jaffna 55/4
beat Nalanda 30/5, Joseph Vaz 44/5 beat Prince of Wales 39/3, Dharmapala
53/4 beat St. Benedict's 52/4, Polonnaruwa 56/0 beat St Anthony's
Wattala 55, Lumbini MV 70/2 beat Royal Institute 33, St Peter's
34/3 beat Thurstan 32/2, Batticaloa 38/0 beat Isiptahana 35/2, Maris
Stella 53/0 beat Wesley 31/2, President's Rajagiriya 40/1 beat Raddoluwa
36/2, St Joseph's 38/3 beat Ananda 27/2, DSS w/o from Trincomalee.
Second Round - S. Thomas' 58/4 beat Royal 51/2, De Mazenod 48/2
beat Jaffna 47/3. Todays second round matches - Joseph Vaz vs Polonnaruwa,
Lumbini vs Dharmapala, St Peter's vs Maris Stella, DSS vs Batticaloa.