The Western Province Athletic Meet 2019 concluded yesterday, 21st July, at the Sugathadasa Stadium with stunning records, shocking defeats and valiant comebacks.
Sarangi Silva, who holds the National Women’s Long Jump record in Sri Lanka was left shattered when she failed to make any of her jumps count in her pet event. Silva was not the only one struggling for her best, as defending National champ Anjani Pulawansa was only able to plant a solid jump on her 5th attempt.
Pulawansa’s jump was sufficient, marking a clean 5.92m to win the Gold in the Long Jump event and she went on to win the Best Female Athlete title of this year’s championship.
Asian Championship participant Greshan Dhananjaya won the men’s Long Jump easily, recording a 7.57m leap, which also led him to the Best Male Athlete title for the year.
In the Men’s 100m, St. Benedict’s College sprinter Sahan Rajapaksha was victorious, with a time of 10.50 seconds. Sarangi Silva made a courageous comeback from her defeat in the Long Jump, to win the Women’s 100m, clocking 12.0seconds.
Hashan Wijerathne of Kalutara who registered 43.12m in the Discus Throw and M.S.J Uttara of Holy Cross College Gampaha who clocked 60.0 seconds in the 400m, won the Best Male and Female Athlete titles respectively in the Under-16 category.
In the relays, the 4x100m Women’s title was won by the team from Gampaha, clocking in 41.9 seconds in the finals. Gampaha also went on to secure the 4x400m Women’s title with a timing of 4:06.03min surpassing the quartet from Kalutara who won Silver with a time of 4:20.00min.
Kaluthara was able to grab the Men’s 4x400m team title with a time of 3:18.06min while Colombo finished short after at 3:20.03.
With 2 Gold medals and a Silver in total, St. John’s College, Nugegoda emerged U16 Boys Overall Champions while Sangabodhi College, Nittambuwa finished as Runners-up with 2 Gold medals.
Holy Cross College Gampaha impressed with 2 Golds, 2 Silvers and 1 Bronze medal to clinch the Overall Girls’ U16 team title while Holy Family Convent, Colombo finished 2nd with 2 Golds and 1 Silver.