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Karunawansa waltzes to new record



The gold medalist of the Menís triple jump SS Jayasinghe from the Army competes in the final. Jayasinghe recorded a distance of 16m. Pic by Susantha Wijegunasekera


Anoma Karunawansa, who established a new Sri Lanka record, competes in the womenís Pole Vault final yesterday.

National title holder in the Pole Vault Anoma Karunawansa from the Navy smashed a Sri Lanka record in the womenís final on the second day of the 93rd National Athletic Championship worked off at the Diyagama Sports Complex, Homagama yesterday.

Karunawansa, who has been the national record holder, erased her previous record of 3.32m set up in Colombo last year with a height of 3.33m winning the gold medal in the SLT sponsored three-day national meet.

However, Karunawansa, the winner of the Sri Lanka Athletic Association Challenge Trophy, failed to surpass the qualification standard of next yearís Beijing IAAF meet, which is 4.50m according to the IAAF qualification standard.

Meanwhile, Sri Lankaís womenís National record holder in the triple jump, Vidusha Lakshani established a new meet record a distance of 13.30m winning the gold medal in the final.

However, Lakshani, who won the Upasriya Samaratunga Challenge Trophy presented, was unable to go beyond her Sri Lanka record of 13.49m set up at the 26th National Sports Festival held in Beliatta in 2008.

Newstead Girls College girl Vidusha Lakshani broke a 13-year-old meet record erasing the previous meet record of 13.00m set up by Anusha Ekneligoda in 2002.

 

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