The Sri Lanka junior athletic track team created history, finishing 5th overall with 9 Medals (03 Gold, 04 Silver, 02 Bronze) in the 2018 Asian Junior Athletic Championship in Gifu, Japan.
A decade ago, Sri Lanka dominated the track, notably in Asia escorted by Olympic Silver Medalist Susanthika Jayasinghe, Sugath Tillekeratne, Damayanthi Darsha and Sriyani Kulawansa. Their retirement led to a difficult period, resulting in second-rate performances in major championships outside South Asia.
However, a new set of young athletes have reignited hope, lifting Sri Lanka from the dead over the past couple of months. Aruna Darshana, Paramie Wasanthi, and the 4x400m boys’ relay team won Gold Medals whilst Pasindu Kodikara, Dilshi Kumarasinghe, Amasha De Silva and the 4x400m girls’ relay team finished with 4 Silver and 2 Bronze Medals.
The 4x100m junior girls’ relay team (Amasha De Silva, Sharmila Jan, Safiya Yamic and Shelinda Jansen) was unlucky to have missed out after recording a time of 46.23 seconds in SAJAC 2018.
Aruna Dharshana (Boys’ 400M, 4x400M relay)
Aruna Darshana broke one of the oldest championship track records, winning the Boys’ 400m final in 45.79s on Friday. The previous record (45.85s) was established way back in 1999.
Pasindu Kodikara of Sri Lanka won the Silver Medal, finishing behind Dharshana in the 400m final.
Dharshana also ran the final lap of the 4x400m relay, helping Sri Lanka to the 3rd Gold Medal in the championship.
Paramie Wasathi (Girls’ 3000M SteepleChase)
The 17-year-old from Maristella College established a new Sri Lankan junior record by winning the 3000m Steeple Chase in 10:21.54 seconds. She commanded the race, finishing ahead of Wanhua Tian of China and Yuka Nosue of Japan.
Paramie was also part of the Sri Lanka U18 7s rugby team at the Asian 7s rugby tournament last year.
Dilshi Kumarasinghe (Girls’ 400M, 800M, and 4x400M)
Dilshi Kumarasinghe finished with 3 medals, 2 Bronze, and 1 Silver in the Asian Juniors. She finished 2nd in the Girls’ 400m final, clocking 54.03s (SL Junior record).
She was restricted to Bronze in the Girls’ 800m final but her timing was still spectacular 2:04.53s (SL Junior record).
Dilshi, also part of the Girls’ 4x400m relay team accompanied by Romeshi Attidiya, Amasha De Silva, and Sachini Divyanjali finished behind Japan and India.
Amasha De Silva (Girls’ 100M, 200M, and 4x400M)
As anticipated, Amasha De Silva was on top of her game, finishing the Girls’ 100M and 200M finals in 11.71 and 24.47 seconds. She won Silver in both races.
Amasha was also part of the 4x400m relay team alongside Dilshi Kumarasinghe.
/ 2 years ago
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