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Nimali leading in her pet event

Nimali Liyanarachchi the runner from Sooriyawewa, made another heroic feat and won the 800 metres event in the second leg of the Asian Athletic Grand Prix held at the Thammasat University Sports Complex in Bangkok on June 22.

This time her timing (2: 06.14) was an improvement from the first leg that also gave her the gold medal and this shows how determined she is to win the race against other top athletes from Asia.

Another Sri Lankan in Gayanthika Abeyratne was placed third in this event also in an impressive timing of 2m 06.62 seconds was only closely behind an Indian athlete who finished second. Once again Indunil Herath finished second in the 800 metres event for men. He finished his event in a time of 1m 50.23 seconds behind an Indian athlete who finished first.

This goes to show that Sri Lanka’s athletes are on the upward trend in their standards and should this continue they are certain to bring home a medal from event bigger events such as the Asian Games in the near future.

It is reported that even the men runners in the 400 metres have improved in their timings though they failed to finish within the first three places.

In the latest update from Wuhan, China is that Sri Lanka schools athletes have successfully obtained five gold medals, four silver medals and two bronze medals at the Asian Schools Athletic Championships held early this week.

Ryan Wickremaratne of Maris Stella finished first in the boys 400m event. He was also placed third in the long jump event.

Uditha Chandrasena of Maris Stella was first in the 300m hurdles event in a time of 37.86 seconds.

Poornima Gunaratne of Leeds International won the girls long jump event with a leap of 1.71 metres.

Subashini Abeyratne of St. Joseph Balika Vidyalaya Kegalle was first in the 300m hurdles event for girls. Nipun Caldera of Loyola College, Negombo was also placed first in the triple jump event for boys.

Dineshika Ranatunga of Ambalagamuwa Central was placed second in the 399m hurdles while Tishmi Thirangana of Maliyadeva in the high jump, IPG Dananjaya of Joseph Vaz, Wennappuwa in the long jump and Omaya Udanyangani of Welimada Central in the 400 m finished second in their respective events.The girls middle relay team finished third in their event. (TBR)