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The 88th Senior National Athletic Championship:

Rashila and Shiromi set new national records


The women’s 3000m steeple chase new Sri Lanka record holder Sri Lanka Air Force’s Rashila Dulakshi.

The opening day of the 88th Senior National Athletic Championship was quite productive as athletes from Sri Lanka Air Force dominated, setting up two new Sri Lankan records at the Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium in Diyagama, Homagama yesterday.


The Women’s pole vault New Sri Lanka record holder Sri Lanka Air Force’s Shiromi Dilrukshi Ranasinghe in action. She cleared a height of 2.96 metres. Pictures by Susantha Wijegunasekera

Airwoman Shiromi Dilrukshi Ranasinghe cleared 2.96 metres in the women’s pole vault to account for the first Sri Lanka record of the three day athletics extravaganza. The twenty year old bettered Anne Pumali’s two year old record of 2.95 meters which was set in Colombo

The second to enter the record books was youngster Rashila Dulakshi of Sri Lanka Air Force. The 19 year old athlete from Tissamaharama who did exceptionally well and clocked 11 minutes 00.30 seconds in the women’s 3000m steeple chase.

Her achievement was a far better one from her silver medal winning performance (11 minutes 30 seconds) at the 14th Asian Junior Championships held in Hanoi, Vietnam earlier this year.

Other notable performance of the first day came out in the women’s 200m final, which star athlete Airwoman Chandrika Subhashini won in style clocking 24.43 seconds.

This meets acts as the last opportunity for Sri Lankan athletes to reach the qualifying standards to make their way to compete at the upcoming Asian Games and Commonwealth Games. Today, there will be 13 finals worked off and the meet concludes tomorrow.

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