Royal and St Anthony’s Jaffna dominate Schools’ Weightlifting

Inter-School Weightlifting Championship 2018

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The Inter School Weightlifting Championship which was held on the 24th and 25th of May at the Royal MAS Arena premises paved the way for a ‘strong’ competition from around the island with Trinity College, Royal College – Polonnaruwa & Royal College – Colombo topping the charts early on. The 150 athletes from 15 schools competed in under 17 & under 20 age categories in their respective gender and weight classes.

The competitors were tested in two lifts namely the snatch and the Clean and Jerk. While the snatch is a wide grip single movement lift – the Clean and Jerk is a close grip double movement lift. Receiving 3 attempts in each lift, the combined total of the highest two successful lifts determines the overall result within a bodyweight category. A lifter who fails to complete at least one successful snatch and one successful clean and jerk also fails to total, and therefore receives an “incomplete” score. Reflective of the standard achieved in recent years none of the lifters attained this status.

The campaign towards a championship title is both arduous and grueling yet the final result tells a story of a different nature. The Girls overall champions were St. Anthony’s, Jaffna and the Girls overall Runners-up were Royal College, Polonnaruwa. Taking home the coveted overall boys’ championship was Royal College Colombo while coming in a close second was Royal College Polonnaruwa. After their individually impressive campaigns, Bevishan Wijewickrama of Trinity College – Kandy was awarded the best lifter amongst the men and Best Lifter Girls was awarded to H W Haputanna of Thopawewa Maha Vidyalaya – Polonnaruwa.

Champions Results

Under – 20
Nuwan Jayawardena – silver medal (105 category)
Bryan Senaratne – gold medal (94 category)
Dinujaya Dilsara – gold medal (69 category)
Vijan thaveesha – bronze medal (85 category)
Rahiru Bandara – Silver medal (85 category)
Lookshan Muthukumar- gold medal (105+ category)

Under – 17
Pasindu malawana – gold medal (77 category)
Sukith Kariyawasam – gold medal (94+ category)
Senira samarasinghe – gold medal (85 category)
Amod Perera – bronze medal (56 category)
Dulneth bandara – bronze medal (69 category)

Best Lifter School Results

Under – 20
P.D Jayasuriya Silver Medal (94 category)
B.J Wijewickrama Gold Medal (85 category)
K.J Gamage Gold Medal (77 category)
M.L Mayadunne Bronze Medal (56 category)
N.T Jayakody Silver Medal (62 category)
S.N Abeywarna Silver Medal (67 category)
M.M.P.A.L Weeraratne Bronze Medal (69 category)

Under – 17
M. Wickramasekara Bronze Medal (77 category)
E.Bodhinarayan Bronze Medal (94 category)