With a total of 6 Medals (5 Bronze and 1 Silver), Sri Lanka completed the best performance at the Commonwealth Games since the country won 3 medals way back in 1950.
The island nation was placed 31st among 71 countries that took part in the event, only second to the Olympic Games.
Hosts Australia topped the medals table with 181 medals (80 gold medals, 59 silver, and 59 bronze). England took second place with 45 gold while India claimed 26 gold medals to take third place in the overall rankings.
Competing in a total of 13 sports, the Sri Lankan team consisted of 80 athletes. Weightlifter Chinthana Vidanage was the flag bearer at the opening ceremony.
|Silver||Indika Dissanayake||Weightlifting||Men’s 69 kg||April 6|
|Bronze||Chaturanga Lakmal||Weightlifting||Men’s 56 kg||April 5|
|Bronze||Dinusha Gomes||Weightlifting||Women’s 48 kg||April 5|
|Bronze||Anusha Koddithuwakku||Boxing||Women’s 48 kg||April 11|
|Bronze||Thiwanka Ranasinghe||Boxing||Men’s 49 kg||April 13|
|Bronze||Vidanalange Bandara||Boxing||Men’s 52 kg||April 13|
Despite losing out on medals, a few national records were broken. Anusha Kodithuwakku became the 1st Sri Lanka women to win a boxing medal. She was beaten by India’s Mery Com.
Ishan Bandara almost clinched silver, taking down India’s Gaurav Solanki, not once but twice in the 1st round of the Men’s Boxing event. However, Manjula Kumara and Chinthana Vidanage failed to deliver their best this year.
The Men’s 4x100m relay team was placed sixth as Shehan Abeypitiya, Mohammed Ashrafu, Vinoj De Silva and Himasha Eshan completed the race in 39.08s, establishing a new national record.
Hiruni Wijeyratne, who took part in the women’s marathon was placed 11th. She finished the race is 2 hours 49 minutes and 38 seconds.
Canadian born Anna-Marie Ondaatje became the first Sri Lankan athlete to take part in rhythmic gymnastics. Meanwhile the Sri Lankan Rugby Sevens Team lost all three games, even against Uganda in Pool D. The mighty Kiwis won Gold.
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