Three new records tumble on day one
Three new meet records were established on the first day of the Sir
John Tarbat All Island Senior Schools Athletic Meet 2008 which marked
its start at the Sugathadasa Stadium, Colombo yesterday. The three-day
athletic extravaganza is organised by the Sri Lanka Schools Athletic
Association under the patronage of the Ministry of Education and
sponsored by Milo (Nestle Lanka PLC).
The first record of the Meet was produced in the U-20 Girls' Shot Put
event when Tharika Kumudumali Fernando (Good Shepherd Convent, Panadura)
threw the shot put to a distance of 12.4m to erase the 10-year-old
record of 11.77m set by Nadeeka Muthunayake (Holy Cross College, Gampaha).
The second record came in the U-18 Boys' Pole Vault final when R.
Saputhantri of Ananda College, Colombo clearing a height of 3.71m. He
broke the previous record of 3.70m which was jointly held by M.D.
Maduranga (Senanayake MMV, Madampe) and N.T. Sandaruwan (Rathnayake MMV,
Menikhinna). T. Anusha renewed the third record which came in the field
event on day one.
The girl from Sivapragasa Ladies College, Vavunia, threw the discus
for a distance of 37.83m in the U-20 Girls'.
The previous record was owned by W.M.S.K. Weerasekera 36.77m (Sewamuktha
Kandawura MV, Polonnaruwa) last year. This meet is an important one for
the emerging athletes as this acts as a trial ahead of two important
athletic meets to be held in India in September and October this year.
The first will be the South Asian Junior Athletic Meet to be staged
in Pune, India on September 23 and 24.
The second will be the Commonwealth Youth Games also to be held in
Pune, India from October 12 to 19.