Peiris the Lankan hope in swimming

Lankan athletes wrest initiative through track and field events

Athletics

Once again it were the track and field lads and ladies who stood up for the cause of the Lankans at the fifth day of the 13th South Asian Games at the Darashath Stadium in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Sri Lanka track and field athletes added four gold to the country’s medals tally, raising hopes of regaining dominance on the fifth day of the Sri Lanka’s medals hopes were further strengthened with the four gold, two silver and three bronze medals.

Sprinters Aruna Darshana and Dilshi Maheesha, hurdler Lakshika Sugandi and triple jumper Hashini Prabodha  won gold medals, to put Sri Lanka back on the saddle in track and field events among South Asian nations.

Sri Lanka started off Day 5 with a gold medal from Lakshika Sugandi, who edged out India’s Aparna Roy to win the Women’s 100m Hurdles event. Lakshika won the gold medal with a timing of 0.13.68 seconds, with a quick run in the final few metres to push back Roy, who clocked 0.14.37 seconds, to second place. Sri Lanka had the possibility of claiming a top two finish, as Ireshani Rajasinghe failed to dominate over the Indian silver medalist, and claimed the bronze medal clocking 0.14.18 seconds.

Sri Lanka won three back-to-back gold medals in the Men’s 400m, Women’s 400m and Women’s Triple Jump stealing the limelight, before noon. Aruna Darshana, Sri Lanka’s favourite and medal prospect, made a perfect run to claim the gold in the Men’s 400m final after clocking 0.46.69 seconds, while Lakmal Priyantha followed in close to claim the silver with the timing of 0.46.79 seconds, sealing a Lankan dominance. India’s K. Jeevan won the bronze medal after finishing the run at 0.47.42 seconds.

Sri Lanka claimed another gold in the Women’s 400m final, with Dilshi Maheesha dominating the rest of the runners to finish the race in 0.53.40 seconds. India’s Priya Habbanath won the silver medal finishing behind Dilshi at 0.54.31 seconds, while Sahib Asra claimed the bronze medal with a timing of 0.54.38 seconds.

Sri Lanka enjoyed another one-two finish in the Women’s Triple Jump event, as the favorite in the event and gold medal hope, Vidusha Lakshani was bettered by her compatriot Hashini Prabodha. She achieved 13.21 metres in her third attempt, after failing twice, and the leap was sufficient to give her the gold medal, over Lakshani, who jumped 13.14 metres. Out of six jumpers, besides the two Lankan jumpers, others failed to hit the hit the 13metre mark. India’s Bharabi Roy, who claimed the bronze medal, jumped 12.77 metres. 

Hurdler Roshan Dhammika and triple jumper Safreen Ahmed added the remaining two bronze medals for Sri Lanka taking the entire count to nine from the fifth day in athletics. Dhammika clocked 0.14.42 seconds in the Men’s 110m Hurdles to win the bronze medal, finishing behind gold winner Muhammad Naeem of Pakistan (0.14.30sec) and India’s Surendhar Jayak (0.14.37sec) in a close finish.

Safreen Ahmed gave Sri Lanka a bronze medal in Men’s Triple Jump, with a clearance of 15.95 metres, which he achieved in his fifth attempt. He was bettered by India’s Karthik Unnikri, who won the gold medal after clearing 16.47 metres and Mohammed Salahudin, also of India, who claimed the silver with a jump of 16.36 metres.

Men’s 400m: Gold - Aruna Darshana (SL) 0.46.69, Silver – Lakmal Priyantha (SL) 0.46.79, K. Jeevan (Ind) 0.47.42

Women’s 400m: Gold - Dilshi Maheesha (SL) 0.53.40, Silver – Priya Habbathan (Ind) 0.54.31, Bronze – Sahib Asra (Pak) 0.54.38

Men’s 100m Hurdles: Gold – Muhammad Naeem (Pak) 0.14.30, Silver – Surendhar Jayak (Ind) 0.14.37, Bronze – Roshan Dhammika (SL) 0.14.42

Women’s 110m Hurdles: Gold – Lakshika Sugandi (SL) 0.13.68, Silver – Aparna Roy (Ind) 0.14.13, Bronze – Ireshani Rajasinghe (SL) 0.14.18

Men’s Triple Jump: Gold – Karthik Unnikri (Ind) 16.47m (3), Silver – Mohammed Salahudin (Ind) 16.36m (2), Bronze – Safreen Ahmed (SL) 15.95m (5)

Women’s Triple Jump: Gold – Hashini Prabodha (SL) 13.21m, Silver – Vidusha Lakshani (SL) 13.14m, Bronze – Bharabi Roy (Ind) 12.77m

Golf

Grace Yatawara lived up to her reputation by aligning her name with SAG Ladies Golf gold at Gorkana golf course at Kathmandu.

Yatawara ended the third-day with a bewildering total of 219 (69,76 and 74).  She was 25 strokes ahead of her closest international opponent and 21 strokes ahead of her compatriot Tanya Minel who finished with  240 (85,81,74)  while Thuhashini Selvaratnam was at a tentative third at 244 (84,78,82)while Sonya Akther of Bangladesh had the same total with scores of  244 (88,80,76).  This leaves the silver and bronze open till the end of the fourth round.

In the team event, once again the Lankans ladies (453) are in line for yet another gold by finishing 33 strokes ahead of their closest rivals Bangladesh (486). The Lankan girls had scores of 149,156 and 148 in the three rounds. 

Swimming

Mathew Abeysinghe added three more gold to his every increasing collection by winning the 200 free style and the 100 butterfly and then joined Akalanka Peiris, Stephan Perera and Kavindra Nugawela to take custody of the 4x100 to complete the 3gold on day one of the Swimming at Satabado Stadium.

The only silver was won by women’s team. It was for the 4x100 relay. The team comprised Bhakthi Karunasena, Sandu Savindi Jayaweera, Ganga Seneviratne and Hiruki de Silva.

The three bronze medals were won by Kiran Jayasinghe in the men’s 200metre breaststroke, the women’s 200metre breaststroke by Ramudi Samarakone and in the women’s 100metre butterfly  by Aniqua Gafoor.

Cricket

All-rounder Kamindu Mendis more famous for his ambidextrous trundles pulled the Lankans out of a rather awkward 29 for 2 in 4.1overs against the Maldives at the TU Grounds. Now they have found a fine to order batsman in Kamindu Mendis who ended up with 102 not out made in 54 balls with ten fours and three huge sixes.

After the departure of the top order Mendis batted along – first with Sammu Ashan who made 22 and added 56 runs for the fourth wicket and then an unbeaten 63 stand for the 5th wicket with Ashen Bandara who remained not out on 26, pushed the Lankans to an unassailable position.   

Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bat first.

Faced with a daunting task of scoring over 9.6 runs per over, the Maldivians could not cope and ended their inning at 94 for 8.

Sri Lanka 192 for 4 in 20 overs (Prabhath Nissanka 16, Kamindu Mendis Charith Asalanka 12, Sammu Ashan 22, Ashen Bandara 26 not out)

Maldives 94 for 8 in 20 overs (Mohommed Rizwan 29, Mohommed Azer 12, A.M. Fernando 2 for 14,  K. Anjula 2 for 21 and Nishan Peiris 2 fo 21)

Kabaddi

As expected the India enjoyed a huge 49-16 win over Sri Lanka in their men’s Kabaddi encounter Kathmandu. 

Wushu

Sri Lanka’s Thilini Gunasekara  and N. Anuradha won the Women’s Taijijian All- round gold medals.

Sanju Kumari claimed the bronze medal in Women’s Nandao All-round event, after accumulating 14.74 points. Nepal’s Nima Gharti Magar won the gold medal with 18.91 points while the silver medal went to Bangladesh’s Morzina Akther, who earned 16.30 points.

Weightlifting

Sri Lankan weightlifters came up with an impressive performance at Pokhara.  Men’s -- Y.D.I. Kumara 55kgs Gold, D.K.T.W. Palangasinghe 61gs Silver, R.M.N. Rajapakse 59 Kgs. (Girl’s) D.M.S. Samarakone 45Kgs Silver, B.G.D. Hansani 49kgs Silver

Women’s football

India thrashed Sri Lanka by 6 goals to nil in their SAG football tie in Pokhara.

Men’s Football

Sri Lanka men lost their game against Bangladesh by one goal to none at the main stadium at Rangashala.

Rifle Shooting

The women’s team secured a 3x40 riffle bonze. The team comprised Kawindi Perera, Tehani Egodawela and K.G.P Rathnayake.

Badminton

Sri Lanka shuttlers is assured of a gold and silver medal as the Women’s Doubles teams created history by becoming the first two sides to compete each other in a all-Sri Lanka final, after four semi-final games at the Badminton Competition of the 13th South Asian Games in Pokhara, Nepal.

Women’s Doubles badminton players Thilini Hendehewa, Kavidi Sirimannage, Achini Ratnasiri and Upuli Samanthika will go down in history of creating the landmark occurrence of two teams competing against each other in a final of a SAG competition, as in any case Sri Lanka is assured of a gold and silver medal.

The two Lankan Women’s Doubles teams took very little trouble in outdoing the much fancied Indian pairs, which comes as welcome news for a squad that had to face unforeseen odds, besides the cold weather and appalling conditions. 

Thilini Hendehewa and Kavidi Sirimannage paired up as a unit to beat Meghana Jakkampudi and Sikki Reddy of India in straight sets while Achini Ratnasiri and Upuli Samanthika, the other Lankan Women’s pair, India’s beat Kuhoo Grag and Anoushka Parikh, also in straight sets, to book a berth in the final where they will counter each other with sportsmanship and camaraderie.

Sri Lanka Men’s Doubles unit of Sachin Dias and Buwaneka Goonathilake and the Mixed Doubles pair of Sachin Dias and Thilini Hendehewa will also feature in finals. The two teams are highly confident of clinching the gold medals, and are in good spirit to face their ultimate obstacle of taking Sri Lanka’s gold medal count to three.

The finals will be played today from 11.00am at the Covered Hall in Pokhara, followed by the medal ceremony.

According to official medal official Sri Lanka so have won Swimming 3, Weightlifting 3, Wu Shu 2, Athletics 5 and Taekwondo 4 making it a total of seventeen gold and have risen to the third position against.

Participating Country

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

India

57

40

20

117

Nepal

36

26

34

96

Sri Lanka

17

32

51

100

Pakistan

12

21

22

55

Bangladesh

4

10

41

55

Maldives

1

0

2

3

Bhutan

0

0

6

6