Sugath brought honour and fame to Sri Lanka
Sugath Tillekeratne is one of the most outstanding Sri Lankan
athletes who hailed from Up-Country.
He is currently the Sri Lankan and South Asian Record holder in the
200 metres and 400 metres.
R. A. Sugath Tillekeratne was born in Norton Bridge, Nuwara Eliya
District on July 30, 1973 and was educated at Norton Bridge Vidulipura
Ambagamuwa grass track
Sugath started his athletic career at a very early age. This
schoolboy prodigy had met a crafty and efficient young coach by the name
of Anura Bandara.
Anura Bandara was P.T.I. at Ambagamuwa Maha Vidyalaya, Ginigathena.
He trained barefoot on the grass track at Ambagamuwa MV under the
guidance of Anura Bandara. This talented schoolboy trained and practised
hard to fulfil his aspiration of becoming an athlete in the future.
Sugath recorded his first International victory at the South Asian
Games held in Dacca, Bangladesh. He clinched a gold medal in the 400
metres with a new games record, clocking 46.58 seconds and he claimed
another gold in the 4 x 400 m relay event with K. P. Susantha, Suresh
Dematapitiya and H. P. M. Gunawardana in the same year he was able to
obtain a Bronze Medal in the 4 x 400 m relay event with K. P. Susantha,
Damith De Silva and H. P. M. Gunawardana at the Asian Championships held
in Manila. 1995, Asian Championships held in Jakarta he got a Bronze
Medal (46.12) in the 400 metres event.
Beat Michael Johnson...
He beat 200 m and 400 m world record holder Michael Johnson in the
400 m first round heats at Atlanta Olympics making headlines in most of
the sports pages in that time.
1998 was a amazing and remarkable year for Sugath. He won a gold
medal with a new games record in the 400 m (44.61 seconds) at the Asian
Championships which was held at Fukuoka, Japan on July his timing of
44.61 was his personal best and it is a record time for the Sri Lanka
and South Asian region.
Sugath clinched two Bronze Medals in the 200 m and 400 m events at
the Commonwealth Games held in Kuala Lumpur.
Sugath Tillekeratne's finest moment was in the 1998, Bangkok Asian
games in which he clinched a gold in the 400 metres (44.99 seconds) and
after a few minutes he got a bronze Medal in the 200 metres (20.69
Sugath and Damayanthi Dharsha won Asian Games Gold medals for Sri
Lanka after 24 years. According to IAAF rankings in the year 1998 Sugath
was 400 m number one runner in the Asian region and number nine in the
world. Sugath Tillekeratne is currently the 400 m and 200 m record
holder for Sri Lanka and South Asia. He is also the Asian championship
record holder for 400 metres (44.61 seconds) and retired from Athletics
recently. Sugath Tillekeratne is one of the best athletes produced by
Asia in the last twenty years.