Anusha Kodituwakku got the better of Brandy Barnes in the Women’s Boxing 45-48kg quarter-final at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast Australia. She will take on India’s Mery Com in the all-important semi-finals on the 11th of April 2018.
Anusha already has Bronze but a win against renowned Indian boxer Mary Kom will give her a go at Gold. With no third-place bout in boxing, the two losers in the semis will share Bronze.
Sri Lanka is currently on 15th place in the medals table with one silver medal and two bronze medals.
During the 2016 South Asian Games in Shillong, Mery Com brought Anusha Kodituwakku to the ground not once but twice as the Sri Lankan struggled to get back on her feet due to an injury. Some claim it was an illegal move by Com but the judges found it fair and awarded her the win.
Anushka Kodituwakku vs Meri Com (South Asian Games 2016)
Anusha Kodituwakku now has the opportunity to get her revenge, only by beating her opponent fair and square.
Delighted by the win in the quarters, Anusha promised to do her best against Mery Com.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s Thiwanka Ranasinghe will take on Berry Namri in the Quarter Finals of the Men’s 46-49 kg category on Tuesday. Keshani Hansika will also compete in the Quarter Finals of the Women’s 59kg Boxing on the same day.
In the Men’s 64kg category, Dinindu Ponnawela will fight Jonas of Namibia also in the Quarters. Moreover, Dulani Jayasinghe and Ishan Bandara will battle it out against Christine Ongare of Kenya and Thabo Molefe in the Women’s 51kg Quarter Final and Men’s 52kg Quarter Final on April 11.
In swimming, Matthew, Kyle, and Cherantha participated in the 50m Freestyle heats but only the eldest Abeysinghe made it through to the semi-finals. He finished 4th and set a new Sri Lanka record by clocking 22.65sec.
Kyle also finished 4th but clocked 23.73, Cherantha De Silva was placed 8th in the final heat.
In the Men’s High Jump event, Sri Lanka’s Manjula Kumara qualified for the all-important finals on Wednesday.
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