Sarangi Silva: 4th Athlete to qualify for Oregon 2022

World Athletics Championship 2022


Long Jumper Lakshini Sarangi Silva has qualified for the 2022 World Athletics Championship which is scheduled to be held in Oregon, United States from July 15–24.

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Silva who has been in top form this year with a national record of 6.65m, was ranked 34th in the ‘Road to Oregon’ list on the cutoff date which was 26th June 2022 and is believed to be left out of the Qualifying quota of top 32 ranked athletes. Because of the late developments, Silva has been upgraded to 32nd position and now, has become the 4th athlete to qualify for a Major event from Sri Lanka.

Other athlete to qualify for World Championship are Sprint sensation of South Asia, Yupun Abeykoon (100m), experienced middle-distance runner Gayanthika Abeyratne (800m) and steeplechaser Nilani Rathnayaka (3000m SC).

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Sarangi Silva will go down the history books as the first Sri Lankan athlete to qualify for the world championships in a horizontal jumping event.

However, Silva has decided not to participate in the World Championships, because she has already made plans to go to Turkey where she will be making her final preparations for the upcoming Commonwealth Games which are scheduled to be held in Birmingham, England from 28 July to 8 August 2022.

Silva is one of the medal hopes for Sri Lanka in Birmingham as she is within the top 10 best performers out of the Commonwealth countries this season.

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