Lal Pushpakumara - 10th in Menís High Jump
Sri Lankaís P. A. Lal Pushpakumara finished 10th in the menís High
Jump Event of the Paralympic Games worked off at the Birdís Nest Olympic
Stadium in Beijing, China yesterday.
Soldier Pushpakumara who lost a leg while serving in the war front in
the Northern Province was at a disadvantage as he had to compete with
athletes who had lost only their arms.
Meanwhile four athletes who were found guilty of taking performance
enhancing drugs were expelled from the Games village. Pakistan
weightlifter Ahamed Butt, German Wheelchair basketball player Armit
kochun, Maliís weightlifter Fakoro Sisoko and Ukraineís weightlifter
Lyudmila Osmanova were the four athletes who were found guilty They have
been banned from competing at international competitions for two years.
Sri Lankaís S. A. Shantha Kumara who took part in the 800 metres
event could not qualify for the finals as he finished sixth with a
timing of 2.01.02.
He took part in the event for athletes without one arm. Earlier he
took part in the 200m and 400m but was unable to qualify for the final.