95th National Athletic Championship; Ayesha Maduwanthi excels in the discus throw


The three-day long 95th National Athletic championship commenced today (31st August) at the Diyagama Mahinda Rajapakse stadium. 

The opening day saw the completion of the heats of most of the events with only five finals taking place. Women’s discus throw, long jump l, 3000m steeple chase,10000m finals were held today while the men’s category saw the completion of the discus throw final.

vIn the Women’s Discus throw, which was the first final to be worked out at the championship, Athletes from Sri Lanka Air Force dominated the proceedings with the first 05 performances coming from the Sri Lanka Air Force Athletes. National and meet record holder in the Hammer throw, Ayesha Maduwanthi, took Gold with a throw of 41.67m managing to slightly edge out team mate S.K Weerasekara who’s best throw was measured at 41.50m. V.V Lakmali was placed third with a throw measured at 39.04m.

95th National Athletic ChampionshipC.M Thilakarathne also from Sri Lanka Air Force was placed first in the women’s long jump final with a leap of 5. 93m. Anjani Puluwansa who was placed second was short of a meter 0.01cm as her best leap was measured at 5.92m. S Dilanki of the Sri Lanka Army was placed third with a leap of 5.43m.

With the country’s ace Javelin throwers Sumedha Ranasinghe and Waruna Lakshan the only Sri Lankan’s to have breached the 80m mark with the Javelin not taking part in the competition, D.S Ranasinghe of Sri Lanka Army will be the chief contender to win the Javelin throw event. Ranasinghe provided an indication of what’s in store when he qualified with a best attempt of 70.07m. He was also the only athlete to breach the 70m mark at the qualification.

Tomorrow (01st ) will be the second day of the tournament and is set to be a thriller with a total of 15 finals set to take place on day two. Stay tuned to www.thepapare.com as we will bring you all the important action from the 95th National Sports Festival.

E: No121Discus ThrowMenFinal
1472KGUP JayawardanaSL Navy50.77
234ZTM AasikSL Army42.48
3362HMPGDB RathnayakeSL Air Force41.32
482SPJT BandulaSL Army40.97
5435KMS NiroshanaGovernment services40.27
6547Isuru PathiranaLanka Lions SC39.98
7511Sajith MunasingheMercantile AF39.53
82Malinda Madusanka MeththsingaSL Army39.24
981SDK SilvaSL Army37.16
10558M H Kalith YuranGampaha DAA37.05
11349DMD PriyalalSL Air Force37.02


E: No13110000 MWomenFinal
1753SA LamahewageSL Navy36:02.56
2672ANL AriyadasaSL Air Force36:02.82
3762MSPM PereraSL Navy36:56.58
4692RDHT PryadarshaniSL Air Force37:18.80
5601KK KumariSL Army38:09.59
6637PMS SeuwandiSL Army38:14.28
7755MANK FernandoSL Navy38:22.50
8685KKAM KumarasingheSL Air Force39:31.11
9638KGDE KarunarathneSL Army40:44.39
10693TRS PriyadarshaniSL Air Force41:16.76


E: No116Long JumpWomenFinal
1664DVCM ThilakarathneSL Air Force5.93+1.2
2746Anjani PulwansaUnattached5.92+0.1
3608PVRS DilankiSL Army5.43-1.0
4691WNR FernandoSL Air Force5.35-0.7


E: No106Discus ThrowWomenFinal
1665PKAA  MaduwanthiSL Air Force41.67
2687WMSK WeerasekaraSL Air Force41.50
3688AGVV LakmaliSL Air Force39.04
4663JMI SandamaliSL Air Force37.40
5670HAA LakshikaSL Air Force35.80
6632HAM DilrukshiSL Army34.14
7742GASP MadushaniGovernment services32.80
8656DUKL SenavirathnaSL Air Force31.51