Ransilu - three national records
Weightlifting prodigy twenty year old Ransilu Jayatillake of Kandy
YMCA was once again on a record breaking trail when he broke three
national weightlifting records and one of them being a 14 year old
record which is the oldest record at the Senior weightlifting trials
held at the Sports Ministry Gymnasium in Colombo on October 24th. This
was conducted by the Sri Lanka Weightlifting Federation for the
selection of weightlifters for the Commonwealth Games to be held in
Competing in the 85 kilogramme body weight category creating record
break lifts by snatching 127 kilogrammes, clean and jerking 163
kilogrammes to total 290 kilogrammes. All three being new marks for the
85 body weight category.
In snatching 127 kilogrammes he broke 14 year old record of 122
kilogrammes held by Ranjith Kumara of Slimline Sports Club - an
improvement of 05 kilogrammes.
When he clean and jerked 163 kilogrammes he lowered the existing
record of 162 kilogrammes held for 12 years by T.M.U.B. Jayatillake (no
relation of him) of Sri Lanka Army.
This gave young Ransilu Jayatillake a total of 290 kilogrammes which
eclipsed the existing 12 year old record of 280 kilogrammes held by
T.M.U.B. Jayatillake of Sri Lanka Army. Thus he has improved his record
by 10 kilogrammes which will take a long time for beating.
Big made Ransilu Jayatillake is a glutton for breaking records and
this year alone he has created 07 senior national weightlifting records
in different weight categories.
He first participated in the 105 kilogramme body weight category and
slimmed down to 94 kilogramme category and now he has further scaled
down to 85 kilogramme category breaking records in all these weights
like his mother breaking coconuts at home.
Ransilu Jayatillake is also the first weightlifter in the history of
iron sport in Sri Lanka to make a total lift of 300 kilogrammes which he
did in the 105 kg. category. He is an old boy of Kingswood College and
is presently training under Athula Wijewickrema at the Kandy YMCA and is
also guided by his feather the versatile D.U.M. Jayatillake a triple
international in weightlifting, body building and power lifting.