Tharushi Karunaratne through to 400m semifinals

World Athletics U20 Championships – Cali 2022


The entire Sri Lanka squad for the World Athletics U20 Championships has finally reached Cali, Colombia. Two more athletes were in action yesterday (2) in the Women’s 400m and 400m Hurdles Heats.

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Tharushi Karunaratne of Ratnayake Central Walala competed in Heat 3 of the Women’s 400m and managed to secure automatic qualification for the semifinals with an impressive timing of 54.13s to clinch 4th place in the heat.

Karunaratne’s personal best in the event is 53.85s which was produced earlier this year and she will probably need another personal best if she is to progress to the finals of the event. The semifinal of the event will be held on 4th August at 3.30 am Sri Lanka time. Karunaratne will be running in Semifinal number 1 (out of 3).

Previously, Karunaratne missed the 800m where she qualified with a personal best of 2:04.40mins as she couldn’t make it to Colombia on time. Along with Karunaratne, Long Jumper Hirusha Hashen also missed his qualification event in the Men’s Long Jump for the same reason.

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Viharamahadevi Balika athlete Amesha Hettiarachchi also competed yesterday in the 400m hurdles Heat number 5 but she wasn’t able to qualify for the next round as she completed her heat with a timing of 1.02.11mins in 7th place.

Today, another Lankan athlete is scheduled to compete as the hurdler Dhanuka Dharshana will race in the 400m hurdles heats.

Schedule for Sri Lanka Athletes

SL Time Event Round Athlete
3rd August
9:15 PM 400 M Hur (Men) Heats Dhanuka Dharshana
03:30 AM (04th August) 400m. (Women) Semi-Finals Tharushi Karunaratne
4th August
7:30 PM Javelin Throw (Men) Qualification Rumesh Tharanga
9:30 PM Triple Jump (Men) Qualification Pasindu Malshan
03:10 AM (05th August) 400 M Hur (Men) Semi-Finals Dhanuka Dharshana
04:10 AM (05th August) 400m. (Women) Final Tharushi Karunaratne
5th August
03:15 AM (06th August) 400 M Hur (Men) Final Dhanuka Dharshana
03:25 AM (06th August) Triple Jump (Men) Final Pasindu Malshan
03:30 AM (06th August) Javelin Throw Men) Final Rumesh Tharanga

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