Sri Lanka finished 2nd overall in the points table with a total of 41 Medals (12 Gold, 10 Silver, and 19 Bronze) in the South Asian Junior Athletic Championship (SAJAC), at the newly renovated Sugathadasa Stadium over the weekend.
India in first place won 50 Medals (20 Gold, 22 Silver and 8 Bronze). Pakistan with just 1 Silver and 1 Bronze Medal took third place. Bangladesh came 4th with 2 Bronze Medals and the Maldives finished 5th with 1 Bronze Medal. Unfortunately, Nepal and Bhutan failed to win a medal at this year’s South Asian Junior Athletic Championship.
SAJAC Day 1
In the Boys’ High Jump event, Tharindu Dasun cleared a height of 2.04 to win Gold. Gujreet Singh of India won Silver and S.T Amarasinghe took Bronze. In the girls’100m final, Amasha De Silva established a new meet record, finishing in 11.92s to take Gold. Shelinda Jansen who finished in 12.28s was placed 3rd. Shayamali Kumarasingha finished the girls’ 400m final in 54.47s, smashing another meet record. Two Indian athletes took 2nd and 3rd place.
The Boys’ 400m final was the finest of all performances for Sri Lanka in this year’s meet. Aruna Dharshana set a new meet record, finishing the race in 46.55s. P.L Kodikara won Silver and Pabasara Niku won Bronze helping Sri Lanka to the meet’s first clean sweep.
The Sri Lankan 4x100m girls’ relay team with a new meet record won Gold ahead of India and Bangladesh. Shelinda Jansen with a perfect bend gave Sri Lanka an early lead. Sharmila Jan of Gateway College extended the lead with a beautiful run. The two Kandyans Safiya Yamic of Viharamahadevi GC and Amasha De Silva took team Sri Lanka to an easy win. The relay team finished in 46.23s.
The Boys’ 4x100m relay team was disqualified after an unsuccessful baton exchange.
SAJAC Day 2
Dilshi Kumarasingha won Sri Lanka’s first Gold on Day 2 finishing the girls’ 800m finals in 2:07.73s. Her timing was also a new meet record. In the boys’ 800m final, Harsha Karunaratne and Isuru Lakshan won Gold and Silver respectively. P.M Kodikara smashed the meet record in the boys’ 400m Hurdles event, winning another Gold Medal for Sri Lanka. He finished in 52.56s.
Amasha De Silva, yet again in the girls’ 200m final won Gold, finishing the race in 24.70s. Sharmila Jan was placed 2nd and Shelinda Jansen took 3rd place helping the team to another spectacular clean sweep. Meanwhile, Aruna Dharshana won the boys’ 200m final, finishing in 21.50s.
Team Sri Lanka won both Girls’ and Boys’ 4x400m finals. The Girls’ relay team set a new meet record, finishing in 3:43:31s. The Boys’ team on the other hand, finished in 3:08.21, establishing a new South Asian Junior Athletic Championship record.
Overall, Team Sri Lanka gave India a very good fight, dominating the track in the South Asian Junior Athletics Championship 2018.
Feature Image Credits: Ceylon Athletics
/ 1 year ago
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