The made –up men's 4x400 relay quartet comprising Hasith Nirmal (11m hurdler), PH Chamal (1500m), Indunil Herath (800m) and Jagath Gunathilake (400m hurdles) gave a rousing end to the athletics competition.

Saumya Sooriyampola and P.H. Chamal added two more silver medals to Sri Lanka's tally while women's captain Jani Chathurangi won a bronze medal on the opening day of the athletics competition of Lusofonia Games held at GMC Sports Complex Bamboliam, India yesterday.

It's hard to imagine that the soft-spoken Shivanthi Rathnayake is a national athlete, representing Sri Lanka in the international arena.

Central Province athlete Lional Samarajeewa and Western Province long distance runner Geethani Rajasekara won the men’s and women’s titles respectively of the National Cross Country Championship conducted at Diyagama yesterday.

Sri Lanka has already finalized a 42-member group for the forthcoming 3rd Lusofonia Games which will be held in Goa India from January 18 to 29 while another set of athletes will be added to the tour party along with a football team.

Lional Samarajeewa’s stubborn sprint to oust national record holder Chaminda Wijekoon in the men’s 1,500 metres summed up the overall result of the Sri Lanka Army Athletics Championship.

Mohamed Saleemdeen (SLEME) produced an impressive 400 metres hurdles feat, while Janaka Prasad Wimalasiri pipped leading contender Milantha Sampath Dissanayake putting him in the second place to win the men’s long jump.