Cyclist Janaka clinches Gold in 170 km road race
The versatile rider Janaka Hemantha of Sri lanka Air Force performed
superbly winning a gold medal in the 170 kilometre road race in the
cycling event held from BKSP, Khulna to Gopalgoi Road and back.
For Sri Lanka it was the third gold, weightlifters bagged the other
two golds on Sunday.
Altogether 36 riders from Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan,
Bangladesh, Nepal rode in the race started around 9 a.m. opposite
Bangladesh Sports Complex in Khulna.
The riders were in a bunch upto the turn point - Gopalgoi Road.
Janaka enjoyed a lead from the rest of the bunch. After the turn back
but the India, Pakistani and Afghanistan riders joined Janaka and all
three riders rode with terrific speed and they covered the distance with
the same timing but Janaka Hemantha won on a photo finish for officials
to declare him as the winner. The time taken by riders 4 hours 48.34
Hassan Mukaran of Afghanistan finished fourth 4:48:41 seconds. While
two other riders from Sri Lanka were placed 5th - C. P. Meemanage
4:49:43 seconds, Sudeera Nilanga 8th - 4:51:51 second.
Two other Sri Lanka riders Dane Nugera and Swaris Premachandra did
not finish as both were injured during the race.
Three more medals for Judokas
Three more medals were won by Sri Lanka Judokas to increase the medal
tally to five in judo competition for men and at the 11th edition of
Chandana Jayantha Bandara did well to grab the silver in 66 kg
category for men. The other silver was won by Chamila Dilhani Wijerathne
in the womenís 52 kg.
Madura Milan added the third medal - a bronze in the menís 60 kg.
The defending champions India stamped their authority with rapid team
work to out play Sri Lanka with a facile 48-18 victory at the Kabaddi.
Nepal menís team defeated Sri Lanka easily by 26-16 forcing them two
Ďlonasí in each half in day three of the event at National Kabadi
The score was 15-7 at the end of first half.
With the win in this match between two underdogs Nepal ensured their
fourth place, eventually as both third and fourth teams are entitled for
the medal. Lankan Kabaddi team is yet to win a match in this discipline.
Thusitha Srimal Abeykoon won the second bronze medal in weightlifting
competition held at National Sports Council Complex, Dhaka.
He won the bronze in the 105 kg category with the final weight of 279
Thusitha lifted 120 kg in the snatch and in the clean and jerk 159
M. Rao of India won the gold. 327 total weight while silver went to
Sajjad Amin of Pakistan, lifting the same weight as Rao. The judges
named Pakistani as the second place winner.
Sri Lanka suffered their second defeat in the handball tournament
beaten by Pakistan by 59 goals to 14 at the Kabbadi Stadium in Dhaka.
The winners led 20-3 at half time.
Sri Lanka routed Nepal by 15 goals to 1 in their group last match of
the hockey discipline played at Hockey Stadium, Palton.
Sri Lanka who lost to India earlier has to confront Pakistan on
February 5. Our stickers are assured of a bronze in this tournament. as
India and Pakistan are certain to fight for the gold and silver.
Sri Lanka who registered a 64 run victory against Nepal in Twenty20
Cricket opening match scored their second win against Bangladesh by 18
runs played at Shahid Kamruzzanan Stadium in Rajshahi on Tuesday.
Sri Lanka 165 for 6.
Weightlifters win six medals
Sri Lanka Weightlifters fared prominently grabbing medals in all the
six events they participated at the 11th South Asian Games weightlifting
discipline in Dhaka.
Weightlifter Manjula bags a silver medal
Manjula Wijeratne bagged the fifth Silver Medal in the 105 kg
category in the Weightlifting Competition.
He accumulated a total weight of 298 kg lifting 165 kg in the snatch
and 133 kg in the jerk and clean.
Altogether, seven medals were won today with cyclist Janaka Hemantha
being the proud gold medal winner.
Sri Lanka increased the medal tally with yesterdayís winnings to
total of 17 medals. They added seven medals, one gold, three silvers and
three bronze in cycling, judo, Kabbadi and weightlifting.
As for the race for medals concerned, India continued to lead the
pack by distance followed by Pakistan.
Womenís kabaddi team wins bronze
Our womenís kabbadi team won the first medal - a bronze at the
kabbadi tournament held at Kabbadi Stadium in Dhaka.
Sri Lanka beat Nepal by 24 points to 21.
Sri Lanka menís squash players moved to the next round with a 3-0
straight set win against Nepal played at Dhaka Club.
Eranga Alwis beat Tilija 11-5, 11-3, 12-10.
Binura beat Sundeep 11-4, 11-2, 11-9 and Naveen Samarasinghe beat
Hira 11-5, 11-5, 11-2.
Sri Lanka lost to Afghanistan 2-0 in a group ĎBí match of Football
Tournament played at M.A. Aziz Stadium in Chittagong.
Afghanistan the table leaders with their third straight match led 1-0
at half time.
Despite Sri Lanka losing the last match they confirmed their
semi-finals berth defeating Pakistan 1/0 and drawing with India 0/0.