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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.

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