Five more records tumble on day three

55th Junior National Athletics Championships
By M. Shamil Amit

The third day’s proceedings of the 55th Junior National Athletics Championships was hectic with 50 finals being held in the two sessions. The proceedings saw five more records being established three in the track and two in the field events. The first record was established by R.K.S.C. Somawardena of Navy who set a new record in the Boys Under 23 800m with a timing of 1.50.76 seconds. This eclipsed the record of 1.52.47secs set by Manoj Pushpakumara of A. Ratnayake MMV Walala in 2005. The other record established was in the Girls Under 23 Shot Putt event where W.T.K. Fernando of Air Force hurled a throw of 13.05 meters shattering the record of 13.03 set by team mate Kumudmali Fernando last year.

Harshani Wathsala of Sumana BV Ratnapura who won the Girl’s Under 18 400m hurdles event in action -Pictures by Ranjith Perera

The remaining three records came in the evening session with the first being in the Under 20 Girls high jump event where H.M.N. Siriwardena of Galenbinudwewa CC made a leap of 1.80m to eclipse the record of 1.70 set by Lahiruni Peiris of Devi BV Borella in 2006.

The other two records came in the 100m meters hurdles in the boys’ category. In the Under 20 age group K.D.V. Randeniya of Ranabima Royal College Gannoruwa ended with a timing of 14.22 secs in the 110 hurdles event which erased the record of 14.75 set by Sajith Nadeeshan of Maris Stella Negombo in 2007.

The final record for the day was by A.P.V. Ravisanka of Seevali MMV Ratnapura who finished with a timing of 13.77 in the Under 16 100m hurdles which eclipsed the record of 13.79 set by P.G. Buultjens of Vidyartha in 2005.

In all the three days of proceedings saw 18 new records being broken by the athletes from outstation and the forces. From the records established so far athletes from little known Makandura CC in the Matara had the honour of creating four of these.

All four records came in the Race Walk events which were P.B. Gayani (U20 Girls - 10,000m - 59.18sec), H.H.T. Madushika (U16 Girls - 3000m – 18.36.51sec), P.A.S. Nadeesha (U16 Boys – 3000m – 16.44.50sec) and S.C. Bangamuwage (U18 Boys – 10000m – 55.12.14sec).

The other records came from K.D. Rashmika (Air Force – U20 Girls Hammer Throw – 26.14m), A.W.A.S.M. Amarasinghe (Army – U23 Girls – Hammer Throw – 36.60m), M.A. Chathura Rangana (Mahinda Galle – U20 – Boys – Hammer Throw – 25.93m).

M.H.I. Sandaruwan (A. Ratnayake MMV Walala – U20 Boys – Pole Vault – 4.30m), Amanthi Silva (St Bridget’s Convent – U18 Girls – Discuss Throw – 39.12m), K.P.H. Nirmal (Navy – U23 Boys – 110m Hurdles – 14.75sec), W.D.D.M. Dissanayake (Army – U23 Boys Long Jump – 7.70m) and F.S. Rishard (Kalutara BV – U16 Girls – Shot Putt – 10.56m).

Meanwhile the other successful winners in the morning session of the third days proceedings were M.A. Madushan (Navy – U23 Boys – Discuss Throw – 38.02m), K.K.G.A. Sandeep (Unattached – U16 Boys – Javelin – 52.37m), W.M.K. Wijesiriwardena (Maliyadeva BV – U16 Girls – Long Jump – 5.37).
W.M.J. Weerasinghe (Air Force – U23 Boys – 3000m Steeplechase – 9.32.11sec), K.R.M. Ratnayake (St Sylvester’s – U20 Boys – 3000m Steeplechase – 9.54.62sec), C.G.M. Thilakasiri (Mahinda Rajapakse NS Kuiwela – U18 Boys – 3000m Steeplechase – 9.12.82sec), M.G.D. Amarasuriya (Sri Rahula Katugastota – U18 Girls – 3000m – 10.46.79sec).

E.M.A. Ekanayake (A. Ratnayake MMV Walala – U16 Girls – 800m – 2.20.61sec), S.G.M. Weerasinghe (A. Ratnayake MMV Walala – U18 Girls – 800m – 2.20.39sec), A.H.M. Abeysinghe (A. Ratnayake MMV Walala – U20 Girls – 800m – 2.17.20sec), Nialni Maduwanthi (Ambagamuwa MMV – U23 Girls – 800m – 2.16.62sec).

R.K. Jayatilleke (Anuradhapura DAA – U16 Boys – 800m – 2.06.4sec), W.P.P. Buddika (Rajapakse CC Weeraketiya – U18 Boys – 800m – 1.57.32sec), H.E.M. Herath (Army – U20 Boys – 800m – 1.51.71sec), H.B.T. Menaka (Sujatha BV Matara – U20 Girls – Shot Putt – 10.71m),.

W.G.T. Samarasinghe (St Joseph’s Balika Kegalle – U16 Girls – 200m – 26.46), I.G.I. Srimali (Rajapakse CC Weeraketiya – U18 Girls – 200m – 26.81), R.M.I. Rasnayake (Air Force – U23 Girls – 200m – 25.03).

A.S.S. Karunaratne (Gurukula MV Kelaniya – U16 Boys – 200m – 23.57), M.V. Suranjaya (Sri Devananda – U18 Boys – 200m – 22.47), W.K.H. Eshan (Kalutara MV- U20 Boys – 200m – 22.21), D.R.C. Silva (Air Force – U23 Boys – 200m – 22.18), Harshani Wathsala (Sumana BV Ratnapura – U18 Girls – 400m Hurdles – 1.07.15), L.D.N. Jayatilleke (Sumana BV Ratnapura – Girls U20 – 400m Hurdles – 1.05.45).
According to the overall results released up to the morning session of the third day’s proceedings the meet has been dominated by the athletes from the outstations which shows that there is abundant talent in the outstations which has to be polished and harnessed for the future.

The Junior National Athletic Championships conducted by the Sri Lanka Athletics Association saw over 2300 athletes in both the boys and girls categories vying for honours.

The curtains of the championships will come down today with 39 finals scheduled to be worked off with 19 in the morning session and 20 in the second session. The chief guest at the closing ceremonies will be Udaya Seneviratne, Secretary, Minister of Sports.

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