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Athletics-Mithika and Vinod set up new meet records

H P Mithika Samarasinghe of Maliyadewa Girls' College, Kurunegala established a new meet record in the under 14 girls' long jump by leaping a distance of 5.14 metres on the third day of the Sir John Tarbet Junior Athletic Championships continued at the MRISC, Diyagama yesterday.

Mithika erased the 23-year old record of Amalka Premaratne of Bishop's College, Colombo, a distance of 5.03 metres. O M Induranga Sathsarani of Vijitha Central College , Dikwella won the silver medal with a distance of 4.96 metres.

The under 14 girls long jumper Mithika speaking just after finishing the event said, " I am delighted and so is my coach, Sumeda Jayakodi sir. This is the gift for my hard training and for my coach's guidance," Sumeda said that the lass from Ganewatte has a good future if she continues the sport. " she also does 100 and 200 metres but we pay more attention to long jump, he added. Sumeda Jayakodi was the coach when the Sri Lanka Schools Athletic team brought five gold medals after competing in the 2012 World Scholls Athletic Meet held in Melbourne, Australia.

The second new meet record of the day was established by W. Vinod Kasuntha of Christ King College, Ja-ela in the boys' under-14 javelin throw event clearing a distance of 42.08 metres. He broke the previous record of 40.68m set up by Royalist Chamika Karunaratne in 2009.

S R Prabodini Nuwanjala Maduwanthi who represented Dankotuwa Balika M V won the gold medal in the girls' under 15 long jump with a leap of 5.15 metres. Yasarohana de Silva, her coach could not expect more from her. K K Ridma who represented Dharmashoka College, Ambalngoda win the silver medal for her jump of 5.01 metres. The bronze medal was awarded to H M M Mandakini Herath of Maliyadewa Girls' College, kurunegala who cleared a height of 5.00 metres. It was a happy day for Gateway College, Rajagiriya team as A N Jeewantha Wijesekara's previous day victory of boys' 200 metres under 15 race with a timing of 23.64 seconds was declared as a meet record yesterday. He erased the previous record of 23.74 secs by T Rajan of St Joseph's College, Trincomalee.

Today is the final day of the meet where under 20 boys'/girls half marathon and ten track and field events will be worked off.

Results of the third day -

Under-14 girls long jump - 1 H.P.M.P.samarathunga (Mliyadewa Balika - Kurunegala) - 5.14m (NMR), 2 O.M. Iduranga Sathsarani( Vijitha Central College - Dikwella) - 4.96m, 3 W.K. Hashini Madushika (Avemariya Convent - Negombo) 4.92m

Under- 15 girls javelin throw - 1 H.Nirasha Deen (Agamethi B.M.V. - Panadura) 25.74m, 2 Ravihari Pushpakumari (O.K.I. International school - Negambo) 25.55m, 3 Mihirini Shashikala (Buddist Ladies College - Colombo) 24.72m

Under-15 girls long jump - 1 S.P.P.N.Maduwanthi(Dankotuwa B.M.V.) 5.15m, 2 K.K.Ridma Nishadi (Dharmasoka College - Ambalangoda) 5.01m, 3 H.M.M. Mandakini Herath (Mliyadewa Balika - Kurunegala) 5.00m

Under-14 boys high jump - 1 K.C.S.Kumarasinghe (Anuradhapura CC) 1.67m, 2 Vihanga Karunasekara (Lyceum International School) 1.64m, 3 H.N.M.D. Chandrarathna (Kuliyapitiya M.M.V.) 1.61m

Under-14 boys javelin throw - 1 W. Vinod Kasuntha (Christ King College - Jaela) 42.08m (NMR), 2 Tohan Nilupul (Loyola College - Kochchikade) 39.84m, 3 Praveen Fernando St. Sebastian's College - Moratuwa) 34.83m 

Posted on 2013-08-08 07:20:30
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