Sri Lanka’s athletes are gradually moving up the ladder of success at international meets as suggested in the results coming in from the Asian Grand Prix held in Thailand last week.
A gold medal by Nimali Liyanarachchi in the 800 metres race for women is quite a comeback after finishing third in the Asian Championships where she just missed to break the national record.
Nimali returned a time of 2m 07.18 seconds to finish first and this is a good achievement for someone who turned to the 800 metres after quitting the 3000 metres steeple chase event which was her pet event. She was a great success in the steeple chase event and had to give way to another athlete in this event and turn to the 800 metres event were Sri Lanka did not have a runner with that kind of talent.
Indunil Herath is another athlete who finished second in the 800 metres event at the Asian Grand Prix. Herath has been doing this event for a very long time and is not showing signs of improvement which is quite gradual. For an athlete who has been running this distance for such a long period should endeavour to improve much more than this.
Sri Lanka’s relay team is also gradually coming into reckoning by finishing second in the 4×100 metres relay event in an impressive time of 39.58 seconds.
The team consisted Himasha Eashan, Shehan Ambepitiya, Mohammed Khan and Mohammed Ashroff. They should practice together more often to gather momentum and flency. (TBR)