Peiris the Lankan hope in swimming

Mathew Added Three more Gold towards Lankan Cause

Swimming

America based National Swimmer Mathew Abeysinghe added three more Gold to the Lankan tally during the penultimate day of the 13th South Asian Games in progress at the Satabado Swimming centre and several other centres round Nepal.

Abeysinghe added his Gold in the 200m Individual Meldley, 100metre Free Style and the 50Metre Butterfly event and all three went against his name as National records.

In swimming there was one Silver. That came through the skills of Bhakthi Karunasena, Ganga Seneviratne,  Ramudi Samarakoon and Aniquah Ghafoor in the women’s 4x100 event.

Out of the three Akalanka Peiris was responsible for the 50metre butterfly and 100metre freestyle. The Third Bronze was won by Sandu Jayaweera and this too will be recorded as a national record against her name.

Cricket (Men’s final)

Bangladesh Under 23 cricketers accomplished their SAG ‘Gold’ mission with consummate ease when they crushed their under 23 Lankan counterparts by seven wickets at Kirtipur today.

If yesterday’s win was a roar for the Lankans; this afternoon it was a whimper. The only difference was the toss that it was a reverse and winning the toss Sri Lanka were invited to take the first lease of the popping crease.

The game started well enough for the Lankans when the openers Pethum Nassanka and Nishan Fernando added 34 runs for the first wicket in 4.4 overs.

The wicket of Nishan Fernando sparked of the huge slide, owing to a series of rash strokes and needless run outs. There was no Lankan batsman who was in control of the situation. The only batsman who did try to salvage the situation for Sri Lanka – Sammu Ashan was given out by an umpire that infuriated the Lankan middle order batsman. Some felt bat hit the ground and not the ball.

Thereafter the Lankan innings failed to go gather any momentum and were bowled out for 122 in 20 overs.  Right arm pacer Hasan Mahmud captured 3 for 20 for Bangladesh.

The Bangladesh inning revolved round Saif Hassan (33) Soumya Sarkar (27) and Najmul Santo (35) as they coasted to a seven wicket win and thus relegating Sri Lanka to a “Silver”, instead of an expected gold.

Sri Lanka 122 for 3 in 20 overs (Pethum Nissanka 22, Nishan Fernando 16, Sammu Ashan 25; Hasan ahmud 3 for 20)

Bangladesh 125 for 3 in 18.1 overs (Saif Hassan 33, Soumya Sarkar 27, Najmul Santo 35)

3x3 Basketball

Men won Bronze beating Bangladesh.

Women Silver after losing to India in the final 15- 12.

Kabaddi

For the first time Kabaddi came among the medals at the SAG history.  Sri Lanka men won a ‘silver’ the Girls finished with a Bronze.

Today’s medal tally by the sport

3x3 Basketball

1 Silver (Women)

1 Bronze (Men)

Boxing:

Men’s 1 Silver

Men’s 1 Bronze

Women’s 3 Bronze

Judo:

Men Bronze - 81kgs, -90kgs, -100kgs and +100kgs

Women’s Bronze - 70kgs, -78kgs, +78kgs

Fencing: 

Women’s; epee 1 Bronze: Sabre 1 Bronze

Men’s: Foil 1 Bronze

Cricket:

Men’s – 1 Silver

Kabaddi

Men’s – 1 Silver

Women 1 Bronze

Swimming

Men’s 3 gold

Women’s 1 Silver

Men’s 3 Bronze

Shooting

Mix 10m air pistol - 1 silver

 

Total:  3 Gold; 6 Silver and 19 Bronze

 

Participating Country

  Gold

  Silver

  Bronze

Total

India

159

91

44

294

Nepal

49

54

92

195

Sri Lanka

39

79

118

236

Pakistan

32

37

55

124

Bangladesh

19

32

81

132

Maldives

1

0

3

4

Bhutan

0

6

13

19