Sri Lankan athletes secured 03 medals at the Thailand Open Athletic Championship which commenced in Bangkok, Thailand yesterday (3rd). Sri Lanka sent a team mainly consisting of young athletes in order to provide the next generation of track and field with international experience.
Long Jumper Greshan Dhanajaya, High Jumper Ushan Thiwanka and Olympian Sumedha Ranasinghe won Gold in their respective disciplines while Long Jumper Anjani Puluwansa managed to secure a bronze medal in her event.
Greshan Dhanajaya managed to leap to his personal best in the Men’s Long Jump and cleared a distance of 7.90m to clinch the gold medal. The world junior representative is one of the three Sri Lankan Long Jumpers to be bordering the 8m mark and will be looking to improve further on his distance at the competition with an eye on the upcoming Asian Games.
Young High Jumper Ushan Thiwanka who laid claim to the accolade of becoming the 3rd best High Jumper in the country, has cleared 2.21m at the Junior National championship held last week and managed to win the gold medal in the Men’s High Jump at the competition. Ushan attempted to equal his personal best height of 2.21m at the competition but failed to clear the height and had to settle with his best attempt of 2.16m which earned him the gold medal.
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Olympian Sumedha Ranasinghe who is the first Sri Lankan to pass the 80m mark with the Javelin, clearing 83.04m which is the national record in the event, has been experiencing a dip in form and has been defeated in the local competitions by his compatriots Waruna Lakshan and Sampath Ranasinghe.
Sumedha managed to show glimpses of his past self at the recently concluded National trials for the Asian Games with a seasonal best throw that was measured at 77.00m but inconsistency has struck again as he only managed to 69.00m at the Thai Open despite managing to clinch the Gold medal at the competition.
Anjani Pulwansa who received her first senior opportunity to represent the country in an international competition secured a bronze medal in the Long Jump final. Anjani reached her personal best at the concluded national trials where her best leap was measured at 6.09 would be disappointed as she only managed to notch up a best jump of 5.89m.
Three Sri Lankan Athletes, Kupun Kushantha (800m), Nadeesha Ramanayke (400m) and Lakshika Sugandi (Heptathlon) will be in action at the Thai Open which is set to be held until the 7th of May.
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