Sri Lanka miss surprise medal in javelin
Sri Lanka narrowly missed a surprise medal when Waruna Lakshan was
just about two metres short in the javelin throw competition at the 21st
Asian Athletics Championships continued at the Wuhan Sports Centre in
Wuhan, China yesterday.
Lakshan threw 76.75 metres in his third attempt after recording 71.40
metres and 71.56 metres in the first two attempts and was in the third
position until Uzbekistanís Bobur Shokirjonov cleared 79.09 metres to
drag the Lankan back to fourth position in his fourth attempt to secure
the silver medal. Chinese Taipeiís Huang Shih-feng won the gold medal
with a tiny lead ahead of others who shared the podium, landing the
javelin at the 79.74 mark. Japanís Murakami Yukifumi threw 79.05 metres
to win the bronze medal.
Friends to be rivals
Nimali Liyanarachchi and Gayanthika Abeyratne, both
qualified for the final of the womenís 800 metres Pic:
The two training partners from Suriyawewa, Nimali Liyanarachchi and
Gayanthika Abeyratne, both qualified for the final of the womenís 800
metres when they raised Sri Lankaís medal hopes for the first medal
during the heats.
Gayanthika ran in the first heat of her pet event and was placed
second behind the race leader, Indian athlete Tintu Luka, clocking a
time of two minutes, 6.51 seconds while Nimali had a relaxed run and
clocked two minutes 10.71 seconds in the second heat and won the heat,
which meant both of the Lankans made it to the final without any hustle.
Gayanthika represented Sri Lanka in the Asian Games 2014, where she
clocked a personal best of 2 minutes 04.41 seconds while Nimali accounts
for a personal best of 2 minutes 04.32 seconds, Both of them are top
favourites to win medals, while Sri Lanka will have the opportunity to
bag their first medal in the ongoing championship.
Sri Lankaís current national record for the womenís 800 metres stands
at 2 minutes 03.85 seconds, set by Sriyani Dhammika Menike for her
performance at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.
Indunil through to final
Indunil Herath ran in the menís 800 metres preliminary round and was
placed second, clocking one minute 50.88 seconds behind Qatarís Musaab
Bala who was just .08th of a second faster. There were four athletes who
were faster than the Lankan lad during the first round but Indunil who
has a personal best of one minute 49.94 seconds, will be tough contender
to have a crack at todayí final.
Meanwhile Suranjaya de Silva tried his luck in the menís 200 metres,
the fastest event of the day. Silva clocked 21.59 seconds in the fifth
heat in the morning and qualified for the semi-finals. However, Silva
was placed seventh in the semi-final, clocking 21.57 seconds to be
placed 20th in the overall standings. The fastest man in Asia, Femi Seun
Ogunode clocked 20.28 seconds to become the new Asian Championship
record holder, clocking 20.41 seconds.
Busy schedule today
Sri Lankans will have a busy schedule today, which is the final day
of competition at the Asian Championship 2015.
Out of the five members of the Lankan menís 4x400 relay team, which
includes Kalinga Kumara, Anjana Gunaratne, Dilip Ruwan, Chanaka
Jayasekera and Danushka Karunaratne, the final four are not yet
revealed. School girl Vidusha Lakshani who stoodout with a new Sri Lanka
record at the selection trials with a 13.22-metre performance, will try
to make her presence felt in the womenís triple jump today while high
jumper Manjula Kumara also looks forward to find his rhythm. The biggest
medal prospect for Lankans, Nadeeka Lakmali will also be seen in action
this afternoon. Lakmali, who is among the best in Asia, is aiming for a
long shot at Wuhan, following her successful run at the previous Asian
Athletics Championships. She won the bronze medal with a 52.59 metres
throw at the 2007 Amman Games and four years later, bettered herown
record with a 60.16 metre throw to win the silver medal in Pune, India
She threw 60.39 metres to finish 12th in the IAAF World Athletics
Championship held in Moscow, Russia, landing the javelin just a fraction
behind her national record throw of 60.64 metres which she established
at the Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Forcesí Inter-Regiment Athletics
The 21st edition of the Asian Athletics Championships concludes