Sri Lankans showcased some impressive performances in the events held today (26th September) at the ongoing Asian Games which is being held in Hangzhou, China.
Artistic Gymnast Nadila Nethviru represented Sri Lanka at the Men’s Individual All-Around Final after being qualified last Sunday. He managed to secure the 18th place with a score of 10.333 in the 1st rotation in Rings, but he performed in Vault and scored 13.500 to raise his cumulative score up to 23.833, which lifted him to the 16th rank in the 2nd Rotation.
Nethviru performed in Parallel Bars in the 3rd rotation where he managed to claim 12.833 points and a cumulative score of 36.666 to put him at the 17th place.
He proceeded to the 4th Rotation to perform in Horizontal Bar and achieved a score of 12.266 and cumulative score of 48.932 and maintained the 17th rank.
His 5th Rotation had him in the Floor Exercise where he scored 12.033 and a cumulative score of 60.965 and continued to maintain the 17th rank. The last and 6th Rotation of Nadila was to perform in Pommel Horse and he scored 10.100 and a final score of 71.065 ranking 17 overall. Chinese Zhang Boheng clinched the Gold Medal of the event securing a near perfect score of 89.299.
In the other events, Team Sri Lanka participated in 8 events in 4 sports through the course of the day. Sri Lankan swimmer Ganga Seneviratne was placed 5th in the Women’s 200m Backstroke Heat 1 clocking 2mts. 26.37secs at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Centre Aquatic Sports Arena
Sri Lankan Boxer Rukmal Prasanna fought at the Hangzhou Gymnasium in the Men’s 51-57Kg – Preliminaries – R32 but his opponent Bangladeshi Salim Hossain claimed the victory with a score of 3:2 (Win on Points).
Meanwhile, sailors Taalya Tranchell and Tharen Nanayakkara finished their sailing journey today at the NBX Sailing Centre Area C. Tranchell managed to claim the 5th place in Race 11 of Girl’s Dinghy – ILCA4 and ranked 6th overall. In Boy’s Dinghy – ILCA4, Nanayakkara secured the 11th place in Race 11 and ranked 11th overall as well.
IM Susal de Silva competed in the Men’s Individual Round 5 and 6. He suffered a loss against Vietnamese GM Ngoc Truong Son Nguyen in Round 5, but quickly recovered and managed to beat Mongolian IM Gan-Erdene Sugar in Round 6.
Meanwhile, the OCA Rugby 7s team managed to beat Nepal scoring 68 for nil and had a close defeat against Thailand after leading with a score of 7-5 thus succumbing in the second half to a score of 10-7 in Men’s Placing 9-13 category.