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Sri Lanka’s Iron-Woman, Lakshika Sugandhi, renewed her Sri Lanka record for the fifth time, in the process getting closer to 5,000 points with 4,911 points, at the Defense Services Athletics Championship continued at Sugathadasa Stadium .

She already improved the Sri Lanka record twice just within this year and will be eyeing to repeat it for the third time during upcoming Army athletics championship later this year.

Officials were not supportive of her cause as she had to re-run the 100m hurdle during the heptathlon due to an official blunder, where they failed to make sure that there were 10 hurdles in the race.

For a normal athlete competing in seven events in the heptathlon within two days can itself be torture, but the Iron Woman did not stop with seven, as she went on to join the 100m relay team which won the Gold medal for Army.

She is also expected to compete in the 100m and 100m hurdles today, making it more than 10 events at the three day Championship.

Sugandhi, who joined the Army as a regular soldier, has come a long way in athletics. She even represented the Sri Lankan 100m relay team at the South Asian Games, which won the Gold medal, while also representing Sri Lanka in the heptathlon during international open championships. She has also dipped under 14 seconds in the 100m hurdle, becoming one of the few Sri Lankans to do so in the event.

(Ceylon Athletics)