82nd National Open C'ships
Ratnapura schoolgirl clinches hurdles event
By M. Shamil Amit
There were no surprises on the second day of the 82nd National Open Championships being held at the Sugathadasa Stadium. But the highlight of the meet was the performance of schoolgirl B.G. Lakshika Maduwanthi of Sumana Balika MV Ratnapura who won the 100m Hurdles event defeating an experience runner from the Army. Maduwanthi had a timing of 15.16 secs while second placed U.K.I. Umayangani was way behind with a timing of 15.94 secs.

Ten finals were worked off for the day comprising of seven track events and three field events. The 800 meters for men was won by J.M.H. Sirfath of Lanka Lions while the women's category was won by D.H.M. Priyadharshani of Army. The 200 meters for men went to Prasanna Amarasekera of Army with E.M.P.S. Jayaratne taking the women;s event. V.G.N. Tharanga of Lanka took the 110 meters hurdles event.

The last track event for the day which was the 10,000 meters for women saw two competitors from Air Force J.H.A.T.S. Jayasekera and R.M.A.M. Ratnayake take the first and second place with Y.N.G. Kumari of Navy following them. Of the three field events the Javelin Throw was won by K.A.M.P. Silva of Navy with Sampath Weerasinghe of Sri Lak AC taking the Triple Jump and M.I.R.P. Perera of Army bagging the Pole Vault event. Today is the final day of the championship with the main events for the day scheduled to be worked off 3.00 p.m. onwards.


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