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Sri Lanka Slide to Fourth Place in spite of Two more Gold

Pakistan 8 14 13 35

Sri Lanka 7 18 32 57

 

Sri Lanka won two more gold medals but that was not sufficient to prevent Pakistan from taking over the third position on the fourth day of the 13th South Asian Games Dasharath Rangasala in Kathmandu today and now the Pakistan tally reads as 8 gold, 14 silver, 32 bonze vs 7 gold, 18 silver and 32 bronze secured by Sri Lanka.

 

Long jumper Sarangi Silva and Wu Shu athlete Tharindu Namal won gold medals for Sri Lanka on the fourth day which is in progress in Nepal. Besides the two gold medals, Sri Lanka claimed four more silver medals – three from athletics and one from wu shu.

 

Gold medalist Sarangi Silva jumped 6.38 metres, to record her personal best en route to win the Women’s Long Jump event, in which Sri Lanka had a double podium finish. Silva was initially not in the starting list originally, but was substituted at the eleventh hour for Vidusha Lakshani, who had decided to focus only the Women’s Triple Jump event. Silva’s personal best jump had been 6.15metres, but her jump yesterday, could not put her name as the National Record holder, which is 6.43metres, a mere difference of 0.06metres.

 

Finishing behind Silva, was her compatriot Anjani Pulwansa, who cleared 6.11metres, who claimed the silver medal, while India claimed the bronze medal.

 

Kumar Shanmugeshwaran claimed the first medal of the day for Sri Lanka, with a silver, in the Men’s 10000m, after a close battle with the Indian runner Suresh Kumar, who won the gold medal. Shanmugeshwar clocked 30:49.20, but was battling very close with the Indian, who went on to claim the gold medal after clocking 29:33.61. Nepal’s Deepak Adhikari won the bronze medal, finishing close behind the Sri Lankan at 30:50.06.

 

Vinoj Suranjaya de Silva amended his failure at the Men’s 100m final and found solace to claim a silver medal in the Men’s 200m final. He clocked 21.19 seconds, but failed to match up with Pakistan’s Uzair Rehman, who clocked 21.15 seconds to win the gold medal. Saaid Hussain, who earned the title of South Asia’s Fastest Man, failed to impress and claimed the bronze medal with a timing of 21.22 seconds.

Ishara Madurangi achieved a 41.29m throw in the Women’s Discus Throw event to secure the bronze medal. Other competitors who turned out for Sri Lanka failed to reach the top three, but managed to reach their personal best timings.

 

Gold and silver from Taekwondo

Sri Lanka’s Tharindu Namal won a gold medal in Men’s Taolu Taiju Jain in the Wu shu Competition. Namal’s gold medal came after accumulating 18.90 points to stand above India’s Gyandash Singh and Nepal’s Hari Prasad Gole.

 

Singh claimed the silver medal with 18.74 points while Gole collected 18.49 points to win the bronze medal.

 

In the Women’s Chan Quan Thaulo, P.H.G. Wathsala bagged a silver medal after completing at 8.55 points, as Nepal’s Sushmita Tamang claimed the gold medal with 9.44 points, The bronze medal went to Nur Baher Begum of Bangladesh, who ended with 7.53 points.

India beat Sri Lanka in Kabaddi

India beat Sri Lanka 53-14 in Women’s Kabaddi, which was played at the APF Hall in Halchowk. India dominated through the entire game, leading from start to finish, holding the hapless Lankan lasses to a low score.

 

Women’s cricket

After losing to Bangladesh in their opening game, the Lankan women cricketers went on rampage against the hapless Maldivian counterparts to post the third highest total in a T20 women’s international – 279 for 2 and skittling the opponents out for mere thirty runs thus running into a 249 run win at Pokhara.

 

Men’s cricket

At the Tribuvan University ground in Kathmandu, Sri Lanka Under-23s were probably spoilt purposely by Bhutan skipper Jigme Singye, who opted to field after winning the toss. A thrashing was obvious for an emerging side as Bhutan against from an ICC Full Member, who has more exposure playing against matching opponents.

 

So did Sri Lanka Under-23s oblige by posting 248 for the loss of 4 wickets in 20 overs and skittling out Bhutan for 75 with eight deliveries to spare.

 

The Lankans only had to offer fireworks, as they roared their bats at will to score at a rate, in which the lowest strike rate recorded by them was from opener Pathum Nissanka, who was still at 158.33. He was the top scorer for the Lankans with a brilliant 76 off 48 balls, which included eight boundaries and two sixes.

 

Nissanka put on an opening stand of 148 runs with Nishan Madushka, who equally fired his guns to hit 65 off 38 deliveries, inclusive of 10 fours and a six. Skipper Charith Asalanka joined in Nissanka to 31 runs for the second wicket while hitting a cameo 25 off 15 deliveries with four boundaries.

 

Kamindu Mendis hammered 27 off 11 deliveries inclusive of four boundaries and a six, before Sammu Ashan and Ashen Bandara remained unbeaten on 14 each, just facing six and five deliveries respectively, to help Sri Lanka post a commanding total of 248-4.

 

Bhutan used seven bowlers, but Thiunley Jamtsho, Karma Dorji, Tobden Singye and Tenzin Wangchuk managed to claim a scalp each.

 

Chasing an impossible target of 249 for victory Bhutan’s mission was to bat through the entire 20 overs, which they almost did right, before being bowled out for 75 runs in 18.4 overs. Mikyo Dorji (22) and Sonam Tobgay (10) were the only two batsmen who managed to reach double figures, while others failed.

Sri Lanka too used nine bowlers, mostly with the intention of letting them warm up for the upcoming important game against Bangladesh Under- 23s, as Sachin Colombage and Jehan Daniel claimed two wickets each. Asitha Fernando, Duvindu Tillakaratne, Ashen Bandara and Kamindu Mendis picked a wicket each.

 

Table Tennis

The Table Tennis men and women who won a bronze and silver respectively, yesterday; added three more bronzes today. The first bronze came for the men’s doubles via Chameera Ginge and Krishan Wickremaratne. The second was for the mix doubles and the players involved were Udaya Ranasinghe and Ishara Madurangi. Ishara Madurani and Hansani Piyumala were awarded the bronze medal for the women’s doubles.

 

 

 

Handball

It was significant to note that Sri Lanka won their first ever game in the SAG when they beat Nepal 37-30.

 

Badminton

After their stirring performance to win two silver medals in the Team events, Sri Lanka shuttlers stepped into the Individual events, winning 11 pre-quarter-final games out of 13 in the Badminton Competition of the 13th South Asian Games at the Covered Hall in Pokhara, Nepal yesterday.

 

Men’s skipper Dinuka Karunaratne continued his form to remain unbeaten in as a singles player, while Women’s captain Achini Ratnasiri too maintained her standard as a medal-winning prospect for the Lankan badminton team.

 

Karunaratne beat Bangladesh’s Salman Khan earlier on and went on to defeat Nepal’s Nidup Durji by identical scores in the Men’s Singles Pre-quarter-finals. Dilmi Dias won both her games in the Women’s Single Pre-quarter-finals, beside skipper Ratnasiri’s feat against Nepal’s Rashila Maharjan.

 

The combination of Sachin Dias and Buwaneka Goonathilake has always brought success to Sri Lanka in the Men’s Doubles and the duo continued their perfect run, by defeating Bangladesh’s Hamid Luckman and Gourab Singha, and then India’s Arun George Sanyam Shukla, 2-0 in both games.

 

Football

Sri Lanka held Nepal to a 1 all draw against a packed partisan crowd at Rangashala. Nepal scored first in the 37th minute through Sujal Sureshtha while Mohommed Hakeem scored for Sri Lanka in the 91st minute of the game.

 

Tennis

In spite of losing all their matches today, the Lankan Ladies ended up with silver at Satabado Stadum. In their individual matches Anika and Anjelica lost their matches. In the women’s doubles game Alana Seneviratne and Ruchika Wijesuriya also lost their game but their previous performances were sufficient to end up as the second best in the ladies effort.

 

Golf

Sri Lanka ladies team improved on their team lead by 2 strokes. Grace Yatawara (Gross 76), Thuhashini Selvaratman (Gross 80) Tania Minel (Gross 81).

 

Men’s team improved on their first days score when they were tied with Bangladesh to take a two stroke lead and be clear Silver contenders.

 

With two more days of golf Sri Lanka will look to catching up and beating the leaders Nepal in the Men’s and maintain the lead in the Ladies.

 

Karate

Karate added two silver medals through T.K.H. Lakmal (Individual) and Male Kumite team. Akila Harhini Bandara (individual) and Ladies Kumite team won the bronze.

 

Pistol Shooting

The 25 meter Pistol Shooting women’s team comprising – R.Abeymanne, K. Kendawela and A. Kulatunga won the Silver for this event.