Golds for Aruna, Dilshi, Sugandi & Hashini as Sri Lanka dominate day 3

South Asian Games 2019 - Athletics

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Sri Lanka had a golden day on the track and field at the Dasarath Stadium in Kathmandu as Aruna Darshana, Dilshi Kumarasinghe, Lakshika Sugandi and Hashini Prabodha all claimed Gold in their respective events at the South Asian Games 2019. 

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While Sugandi claimed her 2nd medal of the games with a near-perfect run in the Women’s 100m Hurdles, Ireshani Rajasinghe finished in 3rd place to give Sri Lanka the Bronze Medal as well. Sugandi finished with a timing of 13.68s, while Rajasinghe registered a timing of 14.18s, well below her Personal Best of 13.90s, as she slowed down, mistakenly thinking she had made a false start. Silver Medalist Aparna Roy of India managed 14.13s, marginally ahead of Rajasinghe.

The Men’s 110m Hurdles was a much tighter affair with the top 3 finishing very close together. Roshan Dhammika won Bronze with a timing of 14.42s, also well behind his personal best of 14.16s which he managed earlier this year in Colombo. Gold went to Pakistan’s Mohammed Naeem (14.30) while Surendar J of India won Silver with 14.37s.

Safreen Ahamed upstaged National Champion Greshan Dananjaya in the Men’s Triple Jump, as his leap of 15.95m won him the Bronze Medal behind Indian duo Karthik Unnakri (16.47m) and Mohammed Salahu (16.16m). Greshan, who was reported ill shortly before the championship, only managed a leap of 15.91m (his PB is 16.71m).

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The Sri Lankan athletes swept away the competition in the 400m events as Aruna Darshana (46.69s) and Lakmal Priyantha (46.79s) completed a 1-2 finish in the Men’s 400m while Dilishi Kumarasinghe lit up the track on the way to a Gold in the Women’s 400m with a timing of 53.40, smashing her PB of 54.03s.

A similar fate awaited the other nations in the Women’s Triple Jump, where Sri Lankan duo Hashini Prabodha and Vidusha Lakshani made sure they finished ahead of all competition. Hashini’s leap was measured at 13.29m.

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