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Yupun puts on a show in 100m heats

The fastest man in South Asia lived up to his credentials with a blistering run in Heat 6 of the Men’s 100m semifinals leaving the rest of the field for dead. Lining up in heat 6 of the semifinals Yupun was the favourite with the fastest time in the field but there were two other athletes in Godson Oghenbrume of Nigeria and Kion Benjamin of Trinidad and Tobago who could potentially pose a threat.

Wearing his now trademark sunglasses Yupun lined up in lane 5 and the athletes were given an early scare after a starting bib flew off just before the starting gun and the Nigerian athlete came forward in the blocks resulting in the false start alarm going off. Fortunately for Oghenbrume he was allowed to compete in the heat after been given a green card due to the disturbance.

After the race started proper Yupun got off to a steady start and was already leading the race after 30m. From then onwards it was never likely to be a contest as Yupun accelerated away from the rest of the field and even had time to look around and gauge his opposition just to find out no one was close. Despite easing towards the line, he still finished in a rapid time of 10.06 seconds making him the fastest qualifier after the first 7 heats.

Yupun will now line up in the semifinals of the event on the 03rd of August at 7.10PM Birmingham time (11.40 PM local time) and will be looking to keep his form going onwards into the condition. If he does qualify, he will become the first Sri Lankan athlete to represent Sri Lanka in the Commonwealth Games final in the Men’s 100m and he becomes just the second athlete to make the semifinals of the 100m after Shehan Ambepitiya did the same in 2010 in New Delhi.

Rahul Jeyanthan | MoraSpirit