Sri Lanka’s premier long jumper Sarangi Silva managed to qualify for the Final of the Women’s Long Jump, after an impressive performance in the Qualification Round.
The automatic qualification mark was set at 6.75m, but a leap of 6.42m was enough to take Silva through as one of the non-automatic qualifiers. She competed in Group B. Only 5 athletes managed to clear the automatic qualification mark, while the next best 7 went through to join them in the final set to take place on Sunday at 11.35pm SL time.
Silva has a Seasons Best of 6.65m which she achieved in February of this year – this is also her Personal Best.
Earlier in the day, Middle-distance runner Gayanthika Abeyrathne took to the track for the 2nd time at the games, this time for the 1500m heats. Unfortunately, she missed out on the finals by a margin of just .74 seconds as she finished 7th in Heat No. 2 with a time of 4:17.97. The top 5 from each of the two heats, along with the next 2 fastest finishers went through to the Final. 35-year-old Abeyrathne was well behind her Personal Best of 4:09.12 and her Season’s Best of 4:11.45 set in February of this year.
After an impressive run in the 1st round of the Men’s 400m a couple of days ago, Malinga Kumarage once again took to the track to compete for a place in the Final to be held on Sunday. Kumarage lined up in semi-final 3 alongside a strong field, including British record holder and World Championships Bronze Medalist Mathew Hudson-Smith.
Kumarage, unfortunately did not have the best of races as the National Champ finished with a time of 47 seconds flat, in 7th place. Hudson-Smith took the race with a time of 45.77 and Jamaica’s Nathan Allen finished second with a time of 45.99, the pair taking the two automatic qualification spots: the first two and the next two fastest going through to the final.
Sri Lanka’s Steeplechase record-holder Nilani Rathnayake took part in the Final of the 3000m Steeplechase late last night as the final Sri Lankan Athlete to take to the track on Day 8 of the competition. Unfortunately, she could not produce anything near her Personal Best as she finished 7th with a time of 10:00.34. Jackline Kepchoech of Kenya set a new Games Record of 9:15.68 as she took Gold ahead of Elizabeth Bird of England and Peruth Cherutai of Ethiopia.