Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

Two golds for Sri Lanka at Asian Junior Athletics Championsh­ips


Sri Lanka won two gold medals on the second day of the Asian Junior Athletics Championsh­ips in Yecheon, South Korea yesterday, in the girls' 800m and the 4x400m Mixed Relay events.

The two golds, along with a bronze in the boys’ triple jump, took Sri Lanka’s medal tally to five, with two gold, one silver and two bronze medals – ranked fourth in the medal table.

Tharushi Dissanayak­a won gold in the girls' 800m, finishing just under five seconds ahead of her nearest rival, before she returned to win her second gold in the 4x400m Mixed Relay.

In the girls' 800m event, Dissanayak­a finished with a time of 2 minutes and 05.634 seconds, ahead of Akbayan Nurmamet of Kazakhstan (2:10.216) and Yingying Qin of China (2:11.132).

The 4x400m Mixed Relay, comprising Vinodh Ariyawansh­a, Jayeshi Uththara, Shehan Dilranga and Karunaratn­e, clocked a time of 3:25.410secs, which was a new national record, ahead of South Korea (3:28.293) and India (3:30.129).

Yasiru Malith won bronze in the boys’ triple jump, leaping a distance of 15.82 metres. Manato Miyao of Japan won gold with a jump of 16.28m, while China's Yinglong Ma took silver with a distance of 16.22m

Dinara Dela Bandara however, was unable to add to the medal tally, finishing last in the girls' 100m with a time of 12.049 seconds.

The event was won by China's Shiqi Xiong with a time of 11.615 secs, ahead of compatriot Xiajun Liu who clocked 11.850 secs.

Thailand's Phetkun Athicha was third, finishing in 11.855 secs.

Japan top the medal table with eight golds, to go with two silver and two bronze, ahead of China who have won five golds and India, winners of three golds.

 ?? ?? Gold medallist Tharushi Dissanayak­a with her coach Susantha Fernando
Gold medallist Tharushi Dissanayak­a with her coach Susantha Fernando

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