Ransilu Jayathilake brought glory and honour to Sri Lanka by winning the bronze medal at the Asian Powerlifting Championship held in Udaipur, India from June 6 to 13.
This is the first ever medal for Jayathilake in an Asian Championship who also beat the 2013 world champion Brovesk Javad from Iran in the deadlift event for first place in the 120 kg category.
Jayathilake’s achievements were squat 270 kg (bronze), bench press 150 kg, deadlift 305 kg (gold) for an overall total of 735 kgs for the bronze medal. With these achievements, Jayathilake qualified to represent Sri Lanka for the World Championship to be held in the USA in November.
The gold medal and the silver medal were won by Iran lifters in the overall results. Jayathilake was able to achieve the highest ever total lifted by a Sri Lankan and set three Sri Lanka records in the process.
Darin Weerasinghe managed to set up a Sri Lanka record in bench press in the 120kg category with 190 kgs to win the bronze medal at the open event and finished fifth overall.
Sinister Gomes won four silver medals and D. Yanapala won two bronze and two silver medals in the women’s open 83kg category.
I. Ramanayake won a gold medal and Chandana Thilakerathne won two silver and a gold medal in the masters above 40 years category.
Team championship was won by Chinese Taipei win India finishing second and Iran were placed third.
More than 250 powerlifters represented 16 countries at the Championship.
Events worked out were for juniors (under-23) open (main event) and masters (above 40).
Now Sri Lanka will have a chance of hosting the next Asian Powerlifting Championships on 2017