Lyceum Wat­tala well set to de­fend ti­tle

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - COMMENT - By Susil Premalal

De­fend­ing over­all cham­pi­ons Lyceum In­ter­na­tional School Wat­tala with 596 points heads the points ta­ble closely fol­lowed by last year’s run­ner-up Gate­way Col­lege, Colombo (574 points) at the close on the se­cond day of the 16th In­ter-In­ter­na­tional Schools Ath­letic Cham­pi­onship at the Mahinda Ra­japaksa Sports Com­plex Diyagama yes­ter­day.

With 52 fi­nal events to be worked off to­day – the fi­nal day will de­cide the over­all cham­pi­ons. A to­tal of 1866 ath­letes from 24 in­ter­na­tional schools take part in the an­nual event, or­gan­ised by the Lyceum In­ter­na­tional School, Nuge­goda. Four new meet records were es­tab­lished on the first day and seven more were added at the end of the se­cond bring­ing the to­tal num­ber of records to 11.

Gi­han de Soyza (Lyceum Intl’ Wat­tala) Un­der 20 800mts. Boys - 2.06.89secs, Anuk Kathri­arachchi (Lyceum Intl’ School Panadura) Un­der 11 Boys Long Jump – 4.41mts, Ranuka Se­nanayake (Gate­way Colombo) Un­der 13 Boys 200mts – 27.12secs, Du­lain Perera (Gate­way Colombo) Un­der 13 Boys Long Jump – 5.19mts, Shehan Wisan­pe­ruma (Lyceum Intl’ Wat­tala) Un­der 19 Boys Long Jump – 6.88mts, Ni- dula Jayawar­dene (Gate­way Colombo) Un­der 19 Boys 400mts – 50.43secs, Chathil Aponsu (Lyceum Intl’ Panadura) Boys Un­der 17 Long Jump – 6.44mts, Hansani Liya­narachchi (Gate­way Colombo) Girls Un­der 20 Javelin Throw – 26.46mts, Sadeepa Hen­der­son (Gate­way Intl’ Colombo) Girls Un­der 15 Long Jump – 4.97mts., Lak­mali Do­dan­goda (Lyceum Intl’ Wat­tala) Girls Un­der 20 High Jump – 1.50mts and Girls Un­der 20 4x100 mts. Re­lay (Gate- way Intl’ Colombo) 55.48secs.

Min­is­ter of Ports and Ship­ping Ar­juna Ranatunga will be the chief guest on fi­nal day to­day and will dis­trib­ute the awards to the win­ners. Higher Education State Min­is­ter Mo­han­lal Grero de­clared open the meet on Fri­day.

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