Junior throwers take center stage on day 03


Day three of the Junior National Athletics Championship 2022 was worked out today (9th June) at the Sugathadasa Stadium in Colombo and it was the throwers’ turn to take the center stage today as three throwing Meet Records were renewed.

In the field, 16 finals under different age categories were completed today while preliminary rounds in 100m and 400m were also finalized.

St Peter’s Athlete Rumesh Tharanga managed another 69m throw in the U20 Javelin to add to his stellar season this year. His 69.3m throw in the Championship is registered as a New Meet record and also just 0.63m behind his personal best which is also the Sri Lankan Junior Record. Dinesh Dilshan of St Mary’s College Chillaw gave tough competition to Tharanga with a throw of 64.95m which is also a better performance than the previous meet record but wasn’t enough to grab the top spot. (Previous Meet Record– Sachith Maduranga – 64.63m – 2009)

Rumesh Tharanga has also qualified for the 2022 World Athletics Junior Championship which will be held from 2nd to 7th August 2022 at the Estadio Olímpico Pascual Guerrero in Cali, Colombia.

Athletes in red hot form for World Junior Championship 2022

Another Junior Record holder, Nihinsa Mandini of Matara Yatiyana MV secured the Junior National Championship record too under her belt with a hurl of 37.47m in U20 Hammer Throw. In the last Junior trials in March 2022, Mandini managed to produce a distance of 39.57m to renew the National Junior record in Diyagama. (Previous Meet Record– Sewmini Sasikala – 30.34m – 2019)

In the U20 Men’s Hammer throw, Hartley College (Point Pedro) athlete S Mithunraj also bettered the Meet Record in his age category with a performance of 40.45m. (Previous Meet Record– S Piragasraj – 39.73m – 2018)

Meanwhile, the Men’s Pole Vault top performer in 2022, Arunthavarasa Puvitharan who  jumped 5.10m this season, made another impressive leap of 5m to break the U23 Pole Vault Meet Record in Junior National Championship. This is the 4th time he has achieved the 5m barrier. (Previous Meet Record– Nadeesha Ramanayake – 2.09.26min – 2016)

Photos – Junior National Athletic Championship -2022 – Day 3

It should be noted that Shanika Lakshani from Sri Lanka Army also renewed the 800m U23 girl’s Meet Record yesterday as she ran the 800m final in 2.08.44min which the author has missed in day 02 results article. (Previous Meet Record– I Sandaruwan – 4.70 – 2015,2016)

Tomorrow (10th June) will be the last day of the competition and the most awaited 100m and 400m finals are scheduled in addition to few field event finals including Triple Jump and High Jump.

New Meet Records so far – Junior National Athletics Championship 2022
Event Age. Gender Athlete Performance Previous Record
Long Jump U18 W Nethmika Madushani Herath 5.98m Ishali Chandrasekara – 5.77m – 2004
Pole Vault U18 W Paranththaman Abishalini 3.15m N Dakshitha – 3.02m – 2018
Javelin U16 W Keshavi Udeshani Weerasinghe 37.42m HAVLK Hapuarachchi -35.94m – 2018
Shot Put U18 M Jayavi Ranhinda Alwis 16.98m Malinda Madushanka– 16.32m – 2014
110m Hur. U20 M Nadun Kaveesha Bandara 14.14s Akila Rivishanka – 14.19s – 2016
400m Hur. U20 M Dhanuka Darshana 52.11s Uditha Chandrasena – 52.22s – 2016
100m Hur. U20 W Amesha Hettiarachchi 14.86s Sandeepani Dayananda – 14.95s – 2011
400m Hur. U20 W Amesha Hettiarachchi 61.04s Yamani Dulanjali – 61.68s – 2017
800m U23 W K Shanika Lakshani 2.08.44min Nadeesha Ramanayke – 2.09.26min – 2016
Hammer U20 W MG Nihinsa Mandini 37.47m Sewmini Sasikala – 30.34m – 2019
Javelin U20 M Rumesh Tharanga 69.30m Sachith Maduranga – 64.63m – 2009
Hammer U20 M S Mithunraj 40.45m S Piragasraj – 39.73m – 2018
Pole Vault U23 M A Puvitharan 5.00m I Sandaruwan – 4.70 – 2015,2016


Schedule for June 10th

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