Debutant Ganga swims a new personal best

Commonwealth Games 2022

In this photograph taken on July 19, 2022, Sri Lankan swimmer Ganga Senavirathne, practices ahead of the Commonwealth Games, in Colombo. - Sri Lanka's worsening economy has thrown up other obstacles for the country's athletes and their determination to improve on their haul of one silver and five bronze medals at the Gold Coast in 2018. - To go with 'CGames-2022-SRI-Economy', Focus by Sean GLEESON (Photo by Arun SANKAR / AFP) / To go with 'CGames-2022-SRI-Economy', Focus by Sean GLEESON (Photo by ARUN SANKAR/AFP via Getty Images)

Nineteen-year-old schoolgirl Ganga Senevirathne competed in her 1st event, recording a new personal best time of 1:06.17 in the Women’s 100m Backstroke event, finishing in 20th place overall in the preliminary round in Birmingham 2022.

Her previous personal best and the meet entry time was 1:06.51, and she was able to up it by 0.34 seconds. Ganga’s next and final event, Women’s 200m Backstroke, will be on the 1st of August at 15:04 SL Time, and she will swim in Heat 02, Lane 07. Her meet entry time is 2:30.23, which she achieved in January 2022.

Akalanka Peiris, the other Backstroker, will swim his pet event – Men’s 50m Backstroke –  tomorrow at 15:31 SL Time in Heat 06, Lane 06. Peiris has the potential to get into the semi-finals in this event.

Additionally, Sri Lankan Diver Dulanjan Fernando took wing today, the 30th of July, to Birmingham from Australia. His diving events are scheduled on the 4th and the 6th of August, at Sandwell Aquatics Centre.