Ishara Sandaruwan won the Gold Medal in the Pole Vault while the Men’s and Women’s 4x100m relay teams won the Gold Medals at the South Asian Games 2016
Ishara Sandaruwan set a New South Asian Games Record on his way to the Gold Medal in the Men’s Pole Vault event. He cleared a height of 4.90m breaking Mohamed Ayub’s 4.81m which was set in 2006.
Last December he set a National Sports Festival record with a height of 4.83m. Sandaruwan’s Sri Lanka Record stands at 4.91m, which he set earlier this year (2015).
The Sri Lankan 4×100 Men’s Relay team came agonizingly close to breaking the South Asian Games record on their way to the Gold Medal. Poor batton changing in the third lap costed them as they set a time of 39.96secs. The SAG record was 39.91 secs. The team consisted of Himasha Eshan, Shehan Ambepitiya, Vinoj Suranjaya and Mohamed Ashrof.
The Women’s 4×100 relay team also won the Gold Medal.
Sumedha Ranasinghe was able to break the South Asian Games record but had to be content with a Silver Medal with a throw of 80.25m. He broke the record set by India’s Jagadish Bishnoi in 1999 which was 78.01m. Sumedha holds the Sri Lanka record with a throw of 83.04m.
While in the Women’s High Jump A.T.Vinodhani won the Silver Medal clearing a height of 1.75m. Sahana Kumari of India won the Gold Medal clearing a height of 1.78m
Ireshani Rajasinghe won the Bronze Medal in the Women’s 100m Hurdles event with personnel best of 14.37secs.
Amila Jayasiri won the Bronze Medal in the Men’s Long Jump event with a jump of 7.46m.
K.G.U.P.Jayawardena won another Bronze Medal for Sri Lanka in the Men’s Discuss Throw with a distance of 53.22m.
Vidusha Lakshani won the Silver Medal in the Women’s Triple Jump with a distance of 13.18m. Mayookha Johnny of India won the Gold with a distance of 13.85m.
In the Men’s 400m final Dilip Ruwan won the Bronze Medal with a timing of 47.30secs.
Chandrika Rasnayaka missed out on a Gold Medal in the Women’s 400m final by a whisker finishing with a timing of 54.4secs while M.R.Poovamma of India who won the Gold finished 54.1secs. However Rasnayaka won the 400m at the 41st National Sports Festival last December with a timing of 53.80secs. Omaya Udayangani finished 3rd with a timing of 54.7secs.
In the Men’s 10,000m final D.L.Samarajeewa won the Bronze Medal with a timing of 30:22.54mins.
Indunil Herath won the Gold Medal in the Men’s 800m with timing of 1:51.46mins while Hemantha Kumara missed out on a Bronze finishing 4th.