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Two meet records set on final day


W.G. Nuwan Tharanga (Southern Province) going over the final hurdle to win the gold medal in the menís 110m hurdles.
Pix by Ranjith Jayaweera

The Western Province team with a huge total of 220 points, retained the President's Trophy and the overall title at the 33rd National Sports Festival organized by the Ministry of Sports and Recreation which concluded at the Sugathadasa Stadium in Colombo yesterday.

The Western Province team also finished on top of the final medals tally collecting a rich haul of 58 gold, 57 silver and 48 bronze medals. North Western Province emerged runners up in the overall championship with a total of 164 points to their credit.

Central Province were placed third with a total of 134 points and they were closely followed by the Southern Province team with 131 points. In the final medals tally Central Province were placed second with 41 gold, 32 silver and 38 bronze medals.

North Western Province team finished third with a total of 30 gold medals, 25 silver medals and 23 bronze medals.

Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake was the chief guest and distributed the main awards.

Meanwhile Lal Samarasinghe of Central Province was selected as the best men's athlete for his success in the 400 metres hurdles event where he returned a timing of 52.54 seconds. S. M. C. S. Rasanayake of North Western Province was picked as the best women's athlete for winning the 400 metres with a timing of 54.21 seconds.

Jani Chaturangani de Silva of North Western Province completed a grand sprint double by winning the women's 100 metres dash with a timing of 12.06 seconds. She had earlier won the women's 200 metres dash quite convincingly.

In addition two new records were established on the third and final day in the track and field events. M. N. P. Muthunayake of North Western Province established a new Games record in the women's shot putt final.

She cleared a distance of 14.21 metres to erasing her own record of 14.15 metres which was set at last years meet.

In fact Muthunayake is also the holder of the Sri Lanka record with a performance of 14.45 metres.

The second record of the day was set up by R. K. A. P. Maduwanthi from North Western Province in the women's high jump event.

Maduwanthi who also holds the Sri Lanka record for this event produced a fine effort of 1.77 metres to lower the previous record held by Tharanga Vinodiani at last years meet.

Meanwhile veteran Ruwan Pradeep Perera from Western Province retained the men's pole vault title for another year with a fine performance of 4.50 metres in the final.

Perera who is the holder of the Sri Lanka record (4.85 metres) and the National Sports Festival record (4.61 metres) had little difficulties in winning the gold medal.

Athletes from Western Province dominated the men's 400 metres final with Suresh Deepal and Lakmal Anuruddha winning the gold medal and the silver medals respectively.

However Nuwan Tharanga from the Southern Province put up a stunning performance to take the gold medal in the men's 110 metres hurdles with a time of 14.58 seconds.

Sabaragamuwa Province dominated the women's 100 metres hurdles event with B. G. L. Maduwanthi and D. A. H. Wijesinghe winning the gold and silver medals respectively.

The Western Province team also took the gold medal in the men's 4x400 metres relay event clocking three minutes 17.35 seconds while Sabaragamuwa Province came first in the women's 4x400 metres relay final. In the women's 4x100 metres relay final North Western Province clocked 46.73 seconds to take the gold medal.

In the men's 800 metres final P. K. Mendis of Sabaragamuwa Province won the gold medal with a time of 1.50.85 seconds while Central Province athlete K. L. L. Gunawardana took the women's 800 metres title clocking 2.11.52 seconds.

Meanwhile Ajith Bandara of North Western Province lived upto expectations by winning the men's 5000 metres event clocking 14 minutes 33.70 seconds.

T. S. Jayasekera of Southern Province came first in the women's 10,000 metres event clocking 36 minutes 14.87 seconds.

The North Western Province team emerged champions in the boxing championships while collecting a total of five gold medals, one silver medal and one bronze medal.

The Sabaragamuwa Province team emerged runners up with two gold medals, one silver medal and two bronze medals while North Central Province with two gold medals and three bronze medals were placed third in the overall championship. K. L. Rupasinghe of Uva Province who competed in the light welter weight under 60 kgs weight class category was named as the best boxer at the meet.

In addition Chinthana Vidanage of North Central Province who set up three new records on day two of the games was picked as the best competitor in the weight lifting championship.

Final Points Table

Western				220
Central				134
North Western			164
Southern			131
North Central			93
Sabaragamuwa			64
Uva				47
Eastern				07
Northern			00
Final Medal Tally

			Gold	Silver	Bronze
Western			58	57	48
Central			41	32	38
North Western		30	25	23
Southern		15	14	41
Sabaragamuwa		12	11	26
North Central		11	19	15
Uva			05	13	18
Eastern			00	01	02
Northern		00	01	00
 

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