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Graceful Yatawara, Guide Lanka to Two Gold Medals at SAG 2019

Golf

As expected Grace Yatawara’s golfing ladies became darlings of the ‘club sport’ by bringing home two gold that was meant for ladies individual and the Ladies team event at the Gorkana Forest Golf Resort. 

Grace Yatawara who broke the course record in day one maintained her lead over the next three days to give Sri Lanka the first ever gold in golf ladies individual.

Her contribution along with her compatriots Thuhashini Selvaratnam and Tania Minel Balasuriya powered their way to give Sri Lanka second gold in the Ladies Team event.

Thuhashini Selvaratnam played steady Golf to clinch the Ladies individual Bronze.

The men’s team had to face stiff competition from Nepal and Bangladesh who made a last two day rally and that saw them losing both Gold and Silver and had to be content with only the Team Bronze.

 

Final days Medal tally:

Grace Yatawara Ladies Individual Gold with a total 296 for four days; Gokarna Course record broken on day one 69 Gross. 

Thuhashini Selvaratnam won the Ladies Individual Bronze 318.

Ladies Team Gold with a lead of 32 points (Grace Yatawara, Thuhashini Selvaratnam and Tania Balasuriya)

Men’s Team Bronze - Chanaka Perera, Sisira Kumara, Navinda Ranga and B. A. Sanjeewa.

Athletics

The Lankan 4x100 relay team broke an record that stood for fifteen long years as their team ended the day with a haul of three gold on the sixth day of the 13th South Asian Games in Kathmandu, Nepal yesterday. Besides 4x100, they won the gold for the Women’s relays and in the Women’s 5000m, where Nilani Ratnayake secured her second gold medal of the games.

Ratnayake, a last minute entry to the athletic squad, proved her hunger for brilliance yet again after proving her critics wrong, three days earlier winning the Women’s 1500m gold medal. She added her second gold medal yesterday after an epic run of 16 minutes and 55.18 seconds, to finish ahead of India’s Parul Chaudhary, who claimed the silver medal with a timing of 16 minutes and 57.49 seconds. The bronze medal went to India’s Priti Lamba who clocked 17 minutes and 09.32 seconds.

The Sri Lanka Men’s 4x100m Relay team bagged the gold medal with a record timing of 39.14 seconds, to break the record of 39.91 seconds set by India in 1999. Ace sprinter Himasha Eshan took the lead in the first quarter and gave his team mates the comfort of expanding the lead before Yuoun Abeykoon finished off well ahead of the Indian team. India claimed the silver medal after clocking 39.97 seconds while Pakistan bagged the bronze medal clocking 40.50 seconds.

The Sri Lanka Women’s 4x100m Relay team claimed the gold medal well ahead of India and Pakistan. Sri Lanka was represented by Lakshika Sungandi, Sadeepa Henderson, Sarangi de Silva, Amasha de Silva. They clocked 44.89 seconds to beat India, who won the silver with a timing of 45.36 seconds and Pakistan, who won the bronze after clocking 46.74 seconds.

Lakshika had already bagged a gold medal in the Women’s 100m Hurdles and a bronze in the Women’s 100m while Amasha de Silva claimed a silver medal in the Women’s 100m. Sarangi claimed a gold medal in the Women’s Long Jump event.

Kaushalya Madhushani fell short by six milliseconds in a photo-finish as she had to settle in with the silver medal in the Women’s 400m Hurdles. Her timing was 1 minute and 00.40 seconds while Pakistan’s Najma Parveen took the gold medal with a timing of 1 minute and 00.35 seconds. India’s Veerpal Kaur bagged the bronze after finishing the race at 1 minute and 01.38 seconds.

In field events, Sri Lanka won a silver and bronze medal. Tharika Kumudumali cleared 14.35 metres in the Women’s Shot Put to win the silver medal, as she become second best to India’s Abha Khatua, who bagged the gold with a throw of 15.32 metres. India’s Kachnar Chaudha won the bronze medal with a clearance of 13.66 seconds.

Samith Madusanka won the bronze medal in the Men’s Shot Put event behind two Indians, after throwing 15.55 metres in his final attempt. Tajinderpal Singh became the new record holder after achieving 20.03 metres, to win the gold medal and the new record from countryman Bahadur Singh, who set the record by throwing 19.15 metres in 1999. Om Prakash threw 17.31 metres to win the silver medal.

Women’s 5000m: Gold – Nilani Ratnayake (SL) 16:55.18sec, Silver - Parul Chaudhary (Ind) 16:57.49sec, Bronze – Priti Lamba (Ind) 17:09.32sec

Men’s 4x100m Relay: Gold – Sri Lanka (Himasha Eshan, Chanuka Sandeep, Vinoj Suranjaya de Silva, Yupun Abeykoon) 39.14sec, Silver India (Harjit Singhe, Gurindervir Singh, Pranav Kalappur, Amiya Kumar) 39.97sec, Bronze – Pakistan (Sami Ullah, Muhammad Sahba, Uzair Rehman, Muhammad Naeem) 40.50sec, 39.91sec by India in 1999

Women’s 4x100m Relay: Gold – Sri Lanka (Lakshika Sungandi, Sadeepa Henderson, Lakshini Sarangi, Amasha de Silva) 44.89sec, Silver – India (Himashree Roy, Archana Suseent, A. Chandralekha, Daneshwari Ashok) 45.36sec, Bronze – Pakistan (Sahib E. Asra, Aneela Gulzar, Najma Parveen, Esha Imran) 46.74sec – Najma Parveen (Pak) 1:00.35, Silver – Kaushakya Madhushani (SL) 1:00.40, Bronze - Veerpal Kaur (Ind) 1:01.38.

Badminton

Sri Lanka shuttlers bagged two gold medals and two silver medals in the Badminton Competition of the 13th South Asian Games at the Covered Hall in Pokhara, in a history creating appearance where two teams fought for the gold with assured silver.

In an all-Sri Lanka final at an international level competition, youngsters Thilini Hendehewa and Kavidi Sirimannage outplayed seniors Achini Ratnasiri and Upuli Samanthika in straight sets. Expectations were high on the pairing of Ratnasiri, the women’s skipper, and Samanthika, who had been operating as a successful doubles combination, but it was never meant to be.

Hendehewa and Sirimannage, who had been quite successful as a doubles unit virtually outplayed their seniors, by clinching the two sets – 21-10 and 21-7, to bag the gold medal, thus forcing Ratnasiri and Samanthika to settle in with the silver medal.

Sachin Dias and Buwaneka Goonathilake gave Sri Lanka their second gold medal in the Men’s Doubles after defeating Indian pair Krishna Prasad and Dhruv Kapila in a close encounter. The Lankans sealed the deal by 2-1 and had the game almost slipping out of their hands, before a late charge from Dias and Goonathilake ensured their second gold medal.

The battle was on from the onset before the Lankan duo snatched the first set 21-19. But Prasad and Kapila turned the tables on the Lankans to equalize 1-1, defeating their opponents in the second set by the same scores. Both teams were under pressure by the crucial third set, as the game opened up. The Indians attempted to almost have the Lankans out of contention, but Dias and Goonathilake were more optimistic in their serves and dashes, to put the Indians on the back foot. Eventually they won the third set 21-18 and sealed the gold medal.

Dias and Hendehewa, who already has a gold medal around their necks, earlier turned up in the Mix Doubles final against India’s Dhruv Kapila and Meghana Jakkampudi, who went on to clinch the gold medal. The Lankan pair put all their power to outdo the Indian duo, who won the match in straight sets.

Women’s cricketers in final

The watchful Lankan women cricketers determined for a SAG gold coasted in to a 41 run win over hosts Nepal at Pokhara. After winning the toss, the Lankan women cricketers the ball according to its merits; but at times one felt that they were overcautious. A. Anali batted well in the first half the inning and the second half was it was the inning of 37 scored by L. Apsara that saw Sri Lanka reaching their final destination of 118 for 7 in their allotted twenty overs at a rate of 5.9 runs per over. Nevertheless the total left room to ponder “Was it enough runs on the scoreboard?”

However the answer to that pose was provided by the Lankan fast medium women Sathya Sandeepani who grabbed two early wickets before the home team could settle down. Finally Nepal settled to close their inning at 77 for 9 in their allotted 20 overs.

Now Sri Lanka women will take on Bangladesh women in the final at Pokhara on Sunday.

Sri Lanka Women 118 for 7 in 20 overs (A. Anali, H.Madavi 16, L.Apsara 37; S. Kadha 2 for 13)

Nepal Women 77 for 9 in 20 overs (Ruben Belashi 19)

Cycling

In cycling: Dinesha Dilrukshi (Silver), Udeshi Kumarasinghe and Avishka Madonza (Bronze)

Fencing

Sabre: Roshan Arachchige (Bronze) Epee: Ali Saeedudden (Bronze)

Swimming

Marauding Matthew Abeysinghe added yet another gold medal to his tally, as Sri Lanka claimed further two silver and five bronze medals on the second day.

Abeysinghe swam the Men’s 50m Freestyle event in a record 22.16 seconds, to better the existing Sri Lanka record of 22.65 seconds, he set at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia in 2018. Behind the Lankan gold medalist, who has nine national records to his name, India’s Virkam Khade finished close behind at 22.22 seconds to win the silver medal. Akalanka Peiris won the bronze medal finishing third at 22.94 seconds.

Peiris renewed the Sri Lanka record and claimed the silver medal in the Men’s 200m Backstroke final clocking 2:01.55, while his team mate Kavindra Nugawela claimed the bronze medal with the timing of 2:05.74. Peiris bettered the timing of 2:05.09 set by Andrew Abeysinghe at the US Junior Championship in Minneapolis, USA. India’s Srihari Nataraj bagged the gold medal, finishing at 1:59.69. Dilanka Shehan gave Sri Lanka the second silver medal of the day, by finishing the Men’s 1500m Freestyle event at 16:57.12, behind India’s gold medalist Kushagra Rawat, who clocked 15:08.83.

Sri Lanka bagged a bronze medal in the Women’s 200m Backstroke event, after Ganga Seneviratne completed the race third at 2:27.25, behind Nepal’s Gaurika Singh and India’s Rajiv Patel. Kiran Jaasinghe won a bronze medal in the Men’s 100m Breaststroke event, clocking 1:02.84, behind India’s Likith Selvaraj and Danush Suresh, who won the gold and silver. Sri Lanka’s fifth bronze medal came from Ramudi Samarakoon, who finished the Women’s 100m Breaststroke final at 1:15.17, behind India’s Annie Jain and Chahat Arora, who finished milliseconds apart hitting 1:13 seconds.

Weightlifting

Men’s 67KG J.A.C. Lakmal -- snatch 119; Clean and Jerk 144 – total 263 (Silver) Chinthana Vithanage 81kgs Bronze.

Participating Country

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

India

81

59

25

165

Nepal

41

27

48

116

Sri Lanka

23

42

69

134

Pakistan

19

25

29

73

Bangladesh

4

18

51

73

Maldives

1

0

2

3

Bhutan

0

0

6

6