Sri Lankan athletes left their mark on the global stage on the 9th of August by winning a silver medal and a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Youth Games held in Trinidad.
Ayomal Akalanka, a representative of Ambagamuwa Central College, etched his name in the annals of Sri Lankan sports history by clinching the only silver medal won by the country in the competition. Competing in the Men’s 400m hurdles event, Ayomal blazed his way to 2nd place with a time of 51.61 seconds.
This achievement not only secured him the silver medal but also marked his second-best performance in this gruelling event.
Nilupul Tejana, hailing from Vijitha Madhya Maha Vidyalaya, Dickwella, catapulted himself to glory by seizing a bronze medal in the Men’s high jump event by clearing a height of 2.00 meters with finesse and flair.
Meanwhile, Arthavidu’s fourth-place finish in the high jump event, with a performance of 1.95 meters, highlighted the fierce competition and the fine margins that separate victory from the near-victories.
In the Women’s 400m hurdles event, Shalani powered through with a time of 1:03.44 seconds, securing a respectable fourth-place finish. This was also her personal best performance in the event.
Shalani’s versatility shone through as she also competed in the Women’s Long Jump event, where she managed to reach a distance of 5.65 meters, earning her eighth position.
Apart from these athletes, Kasuni Wickramasinghe represented Sri Lanka in the Women’s 800 meters event, and she finished the race at 2:20.52 minutes. Unfortunately, she failed to qualify for the final round.