Seneshi Herath of Visakha Vidyalaya and Rashen Dilshan of Devananda College, Amalangoda took major honours at the NAT 10Km Open Water Swimming Championship 2019, that was conducted at the Galle Face beach, last Sunday (17th).
Photo Album : NAT Open 10km Open Sea Swim
The 10Km race being the toughest to conquer of the lot, most swimmers failed to complete the full distance. However, Rashen Dilshan of Sri Devananda College finished on top beating out 22 other finishers.
The Men’s 10km Open Water saw 58 entries at the start point of which just 22 swimmers managed to complete the full course. Rashen Dilshan finished first with a time of 2:29.19Hrs. His toughest competition was D M Gunasena of Sri Lanka Army who finished 2nd clocking 2:30.43Hrs.
The next 6 spots were filled in by the Army men; A S Abeysinghe clocked 2:33.28Hrs to finish 3rd, S I De Silva finished with a time of 2:33.59Hrs while J N Assaji 2:34.12Hrs to finished in the top 5, respectively.
Earlier in the year, at the 5km Open Water Swimming Championship, Rashen Dilshan was placed 10th out of the 91 finishers of the event.
15 swimmers jumped in at the start of the Women’s meet but only 3 prevailed. Anarkali De Silva of DCA finished 3rd clocking in 3:01.33Hrs being the final finisher of the race. Janethree Kaluwardhana of Visakha Vidyalaya finished with a timing of 2:53.16Hrs to grab 2nd while fellow schoolmate Seneshi Herath finished in 2:46.28Hrs to win the Women’s title.
Seneshi also emerged champion in a two-mile sea swim conducted annually by the Dharmasoka Sports Body, earlier this month.
Next up in the Open Water calendar will be the 82nd Annual Two Mile Sea Swim on the 3rd of March, at the Mount Lavinia Beach.