Karunawansa sets up new Sri Lanka record in womenís pole vault
Eastern Provinceís A A Karunawansa set a new Sri Lanka record in the
womenís pole vault event on the first day of the 38th National Sports
Festival held at the Sugathadasa Stadium yesterday.
Karunawansa leaped 3.30 metres erasing the previous record of 3.25m
set by Lakrani Perera in Sri Lankan Athletic League in Diyagama in April
T A Abeyratne of Southern Province established a new National Sports
Festival record in the 5000m event clocking 16:51.44 seconds. Abeyratne
broke the previous record of 17.00.40 set by D A Inoka of Central
Province in 2006. Sujeewa Nilmini Jayasena holds the Sri Lanka record in
the 5000m event as she clocked 16:21.18 in 2003 in Colombo.
In the dayís ultimate event, North Western Provinceís M C Dilrukshi
clocked 2:07.10 to set another new meet record in the 800m event.
Dilrukshi erased the previous best mark of 2:08.00 established by H M
Priyadarshani of Southern Province in 2000.
The 38th National Sports Festival was officially declared open by
President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage
also participated at the colourful opening ceremony.
The Olympic torch was lit by the Sri Lankaís ace middle-distance
runner Jayamini Illeperuma and Javalin thrower Pradeep Nishantha.
Ten final events are scheduled for today, the second day of the
three-day national games starting with the menís pole vault event at
800m: 1 I M Herath (Central Province) 1.56.61, 2 M P Amarasiri
(Central Province) 1.57.11, 3 P H Chamal (Southern Province) 1.57.13.
4x100m: 1 Southern Province 40.43sec, 2 Central Province 41.85sec, 3
North Central Province 41.99sec.
Javelin throw: D S Ranasinghe (Southern) 67.98m, 2 S J Ranasinghe (Sabaragamuwa)
66.94m, 3 P K Ranatunga (Western) 65.75m.
10000m: D L Samarajeewa (Central) 30.38.47sec, 2 M C Chathuranga (Uva)
30.54.06sec, 3 A S Ratnayake (Sabaragamuwa) 31.10.30.
800m: 1 M C Dilrukshi (North Western) 2:07.10sec, 2 A S Samanmali
(North Western) 2:08.85sec, 3 A D Sandakanthi (Southern Province)
4x100: 1 Western Province 47.63sec, 2 Southern Province 48.21sec, 3
North Western Province 48.27sec.
Discus Throw: 1 S K Weerasekera (North Central) 42.90m, 2 A A
Maduwanthi (Uva) 42.83m, 3 Amanthi Silva (Western Province) 40.03m.
Pole Vault: 1 A A Karunawansa (Eastern Province) 3.30m, 2 K L Perera
(Western) 3.20m, 3 S C Dilrukshi (North Central) 3.10m.
Triple Jump: 1 C D Priyadarshani (Western) 12.38m, 2 M B Thilakaratne
(North Western) 12.26m, 3 D D Erandi (Southern) 12.22m.
5000m: 1 T A Abeyratne (Southern) 16:51.55sec, 2 N G Rajasekera
(Western) 16:54.66sec, 3 A T Hemamalee (Sabaragamuwa) 17:29.65sec.