Gayanthika Abeyratne and Nimali Liyanarachchi bowed out, failing to make it to the finals of the Women’s 800m race at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia earlier today.
To add to the disappointment, medal prospects Manjula Kumara (High Jump), Prasad Wimalasiri (Long Jump), Dilhani Lekamge (Women’s Javelin Throw) and Rumeshika Ratnayake (Women’s 200m crashed out as well.
Sampath Ranasinghe is yet to take part in the Men’s Javelin Throw event. Team Sri Lanka will also take part in the Men’s 4x100m relay tomorrow (13th April).
Women’s 800m race
Competing in heat 1, Gayanthika Abeyratne only managed to finish eighth out of nine in the Women’s 800m race. She finished the race in 2:04.72s.
Caster Semenya of South Africa finished first with a timing of 1:59.26s. Alexander Bell of England and Eglay Nalyanya of Kenya took 2nd and 3rd place.
In heat 3, Nimali Liyanaarachi finished seventh in 2:08.52s. Emily Cherotich won the race clocking 2:00.58s.
Men’s High Jump
Failing to clear a starting height of 2.18m, Manjula Kumara was pushed out of the all-important finals of the Men’s high jump event.
However, he cleared a height of 2.21m in the qualifying rounds.
Brandon Starc, brother of Aussie fast bowler Mitchell Starc won the gold medal.
Women’s 200m semi-finals
After doing so well in the heats, Rumeshika Ratnayake was pushed to a 6th place finish, giving her no chance to make it to the finals in the women’s 200m semi-final 1.
She finished in 23.60s. Sherika Jackson of Jamaica finished 1st with a timing of 2.28s.
Women’s Javelin Throw
The best out of the lot, Dilhani Lekamge finished 5th in the finals of the women’s javelin throw event. She covered a distance of 56.02.
However, Kathryn Mitchell who finished 1st covered a distance of 68.92.
Men’s Long Jump final
Prasad Wimalasiri was restricted to a seventh-place finish in the Men’s Long Jump finals. He cleared a distance of 7.89m, .03m short of his personal best.
Luvo Manyonga cleared a distance of 8.41m to take Gold.
Young Anna-Marie Ondaatje is currently taking part in the Individual Rhythmic Gymnastics final. She will also feature in the club finals tomorrow.
Bronze medalists Thiwanka Ranasinghe and Ishan Bandara will fight for silver in the 46-49kg and 52kg Men’s Boxing events tomorrow.
Yashoda De Silva will feature in the Women’s 1m springboard preliminary rounds.
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