There were close finishes in the long jump and discus throw finals for women on the first day of the 93rd National Athletic Championship being held at Diyagama yesterday.

Vidusha Lakshani of the Schools AA emerged first in the long jump final clearing a distance of 5.96 metres. She was closely followed by D.E. Ratnasiri of the Air Force with a similar distance of 5.96 metres. N.C.D. Priyadharshani of the Navy finished third in another close distance of 5.94 metres. The difference is only by a fraction.

The discus throw for women also saw close finishes. Amatlie Silva also of the Schools AA finished first with a distance of 39.46 metres while A.A. Maduwanthi of Air Force finished second with a distance of 38.90 metres. S.K. Weerasekera also of Air Force finished third with a distance of 38.84 metres.