Akalanka Peiris the Sri Lankan swim sensation from St. Peter’s College performed exceptionally well in the Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games 2018, held in Argentina.
Peiris is the Sri Lankan national record holder for the 50m Backstroke, 100m Backstroke and the 50m Butterfly and he qualified to represent Sri Lanka at the highest international youth event as the only swimmer from the Sri Lankan contingent in 2018.
Akalanka Peiris was a standout performer in the swimming category as he represented Sri Lanka in the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games.
Going to the Youth Olympics with all the experience from the previous meets,Peiris was expected to show improved performance in Buenos Aires.
The Peterite started the games with the 100m Backstroke event in which he holds a Sri Lankan Record of 56.99 seconds.In the heats he finished 7th with timing of 57.34 seconds and made it to the semifinals.
During the semifinals he was unable to improve his performance during the heats as he satisfied for an 8th place finish with a timing 57.35 seconds and finished 16th overall in the 100 m backstroke. His second event, 50m Backstroke,was his pet. He came third in the heats as he clocked in at 26.33 seconds renewing his own national record and ranking 9th in the world.
This was an exceptional performance by Peiris considering the race timing and the 10C cold weather condition in Buenos. He also struggled with his training because of his Advanced Level exams and he couldn’t train to his potential.
During the semifinal Peiris clocked a time of 26.36 and finished 10th overall in the world where he missed on the place in final spot by 0.16 micro seconds. This was one of the most important achievements of Sri Lanka in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.
In his final event, 50m Butterfly, Akalanka struggled to perform as he exhausted himself in four (4) previous meet. He came 25thin the overall rankings with a timing of 25.18 seconds and his Sri Lankan record stands at 24.96 seconds.
However, youngster was happy about his overall performance at Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games 2018 and he is a big asset to Sri Lankan sports and It will only get better from here with his high performance training coming ahead.