All Island Schools Athletics
Five records shattered on day two
By M. Shamil Amit


J.M.D. Anne Piyumali breaking her own record of 2.65 set last year by clearing a distance of 2.80m in the Under 19 girl’s category.

Five records were shattered yesterday at the All Island Schools Athletic meet which is in progress now at the Sugathadasa Stadium. Four of the records were in the field events with one in the track.

The meet which got underway on Friday has now accounted for seven records in the two days with two being responsible on day one and that too being in the field events.

Of the five records that were broken yesterday three were in the girl’s category and two in the boys. Two of three records were in the javelin throw which was in the Under 21 age group where J.M. Ishara Udayangani of Yasodara BV Colombo shattered the previous record of S.S. Mihirani de Silva of A. Ratnayake MMV Walalla last year.

J.M.D. Anne Piyumali of St. Anne’s Girls’ School Wattala broke her own record of last year in the Under 19 girl’s category. The other record to tumble in the girl’s category was in the Under 15 Javelin throw where A. Sujani Lakshika Silva of Weladiya Govt School Mundalama threw a distance of 35.04m eclipsing the record of 32.37m set in 2000 by K.A. Chandimal of Royal MV Polonnaruwa.

Shehan Ambepitiya of Gateway College Rajagiriya the star who had the honour of running in a junior world championship final recently was responsible for the only track record to be set so far. Shehan set a new record in the Under 19 200m with a timing of 21.60 eclipsing a record that stood for two years to the name of B.R. Ashan Hasaranga who clocked 21.80.

Sanjuna Sumanaweera of Royal Institute Colombo heralded a throw of 15.79m in the Under 15 Putt Shot event going on to break a 14 year old of 14.45m set by W.S. Udana Livera of Pottuvilluwa MV Palaviya in 1994.

The meet conducted by the Schools Athletic Association is contested by 5017 athletes with 2639 in the boys and 2378 in the girls’ category. The four day competition will come to an end on September 30.

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