The two Sri Lankan divers, Dulanjana Fernando and Yashoda De Silva, unfortunately could not top the leader boards in the diving category at the 10th Asian Swimming Championships worked off in Tokyo, Japan.
Sri Lanka opted to send only the two divers for the Asian event citing the lack of prep time for the swimmers after the South Asian Swimming Championship and fielded their top prospects in diving.
17-year-old Dulanjan Fernando who participated in the Men’s 3m Spring Board event was placed 16th out of the 16 participating divers in the event with a total score of 136.80. It was a disappointment for the young diver from Royal College but being one of the youngest in the open segment, he will hope to come back stronger in the next episode of the Asian Swimming Championships. Peng Jianfeng of China took the gold medal with an overall finish of 479 points.
Sri Lanka’s other prospect in Tokyo, Yashoda De Silva, faced a similar fate, finishing in the bottom half of the table. Participating in the Women’s 3m Spring Board event Yashoda finished with a total score of 105.50 but could not go beyond the 8th position in the overall standings. The gold medal for the competition was taken by Huang Xiaohui of China with a score of 335.25.
With the conclusion of the Asian Swimming Championships, the only other international event that remains in the international calendar is the FINA Short Course World Swimming Championship that will commence on the 6th of December 2016 in Canada.