Jayavi, Kaveesha, Keshavi impress in Junior Nationals

Junior National Athletics Championship 2022


The Junior National Athletics Championship 2022 was resumed yesterday (7) at the Sugathadasa Stadium, Colombo and the crowd was treated with 3 new Meets records by the Junior Athletes.

A total number of of 10 finals were held for yesterday in addition to the round stages of hurdle events and few semifinals and quarterfinals from 800m & 200m distances.

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Keshavi Udeshani Weerasinghe form Princess of Wales’ College, Moratuwa was the first one to rewrite the record books as she renewed the Meet record for U16 girl’s Javelin (500g) event with a remarkable performance of 37.42m.
(Previous Meet record(500g) – HAVLK Hapuarachchi – 35.94m – 2018)

Then the shot-putter from Royal College, Panadura Jayavi Ranhinda Alwis hurled the shot 16.98m distance to upgrade the Meet record for U18 boys’ shot put by 66cm.
(Previous Meet record(5kg) – Malinda Madushanka– 16.32m – 2014)

Alwis is also the U18 National Record holder for Shot Put(5kg) with a massive 17.74m throw which he managed to accomplish in 2021.

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The last Meet Record for the day belonged to Nadun Kaveesha Bandara of Royal College, Colombo under the 110m Hurdles for U20 boy’s category. Bandara who have already achieved the World Junior Athletics championship qualification standard for his event with an impressive 14.02s, managed to break the Meet Record with a 14.14s race against a -1.9m/s head wind.
(Previous Meet record (0.991m) – Akila Rivishanka – 14.19s – 2016)

After a 2-year lapse, this tournament was originally scheduled to take place in last month, but it was halted midway through the day 01 (May 9th) and postponed until further notice due to the unrest in the country.

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On May 9th, Nethmika Madushani Herath of Nannapurawa MV, Moneragala and Paranththaman Abishalini of Chavakachcheri Hindu College delivered goods before the afternoon session was curtailed by the curfew.

In the Under 18 girls long jump, Nethmika Madushani cleared 5.98 metres to establish a new meet record while In the Under 18 girls’ pole vault, Paranththaman Abishalini of Chavakachcheri Hindu College cleared 3.15 meters to establish a new record.

>> Click here to check out all the results on day 01 <<

Schedule for June 8th