Ransilu Jayatilleke also known as the Sri Lankan Juggernaut, broke his shackles to become the Asian Champion in the 120kg category at the Asian Power-lifting Classic competition which concluded in India on December 9.
Jayatilleke won gold in the squad and dead-lift clearing 285kg and 315kg but was restricted to Bronze in bench press lifting. In total, he accumulated 735kg and won the 120kg overall title.
In the masters category, Athula Wijewickrama won overall gold while Hiran Fernando won Bronze for Sri Lanka.
Last year, Jayatilleke was restricted to Bronze in the same competition but he overcame Brovesk Javad of Iran in the deadlift event.
Jayatilleke’s fast track to success
As a teenager, Jayatilleke played rugby for his school Kingswood College but his father persuaded him to take up weightlifting after spotting a great deal of potential in the young man. He idolized former Greek weightlifter Pyross Dima.
“My dad was a weightlifter so I was living in a sporting environment at home. But when I was little, I wanted to play rugby and I was playing for Kingswood College, Kandy. But my dad didn’t let me play as he wanted to make me a weightlifter,” said Jayatilleke in an interview with Life.lk.
Ransilu Jayatilleke first won the National Championship in 2002. However, the moment he stepped into international weightlifting, he started achieving great heights in short time. He has won over 20 international medals for Sri Lanka.
Methylhexanamine found in his blood
In 2011, Methylhexanamine was found in Jayathilake’s blood and he was banned for a period of 2 years. He fell victim to an unknown supplement but returned to professional weightlifting after serving his ban.
He served as the fitness trainer for St. Peter’s College Rugby, Science College and Havelocks Sports Club. Jayatilleke was also weightlifter Dhanushka Kodikara’s coach.
Jayatilleke surprised everyone by winning Gold at the Commonwealth Power Lifting Championships in Vancouver, Canada in 2015. His trainee Dhanushka Kodikara won the first ever Junior Power Lifting Medal for Sri Lanka in the 93 kg category.
He cleared an overall weight of 760kg, the highest ever by a Sri Lankan in the 120kg category and achieved an overall ranking of 13th at the World Championships last year.
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