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5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games 2017-Sri Lanka bank on athletics for medals

5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games 2017-Sri Lanka bank on athletics for medals

By Hishan Welmilla. Ashgabat. September 17.Sri Lankan athletic coach font the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games 2017, Sajith Jayalal is confident that Sri Lanka could take few medals home.

 “We have few experienced athletes who have won many international awards. We have four athletes who hold national records in their respective evenets. Manjula Kumara who competing in the men’s high jump event is one of our major medal prospects, He has won a medal at the previous games. In additional we have young Himasha Eashan and Indunil Herath who can make a impact to the other athletes from Asia” said Sajith Jayalal.

 

Manjula Kumara is the current national record holder of the high jump event and also the winner of the gold medal in South Asian Games last year. Manjula will be in Action on Wednesday (20) Himasha Eashan in Men’s 60m and he will compete in the heats which begins on Tuesday (19) . Himasha is the holder of the national record in men’s 100 meter dash. Indunil Herath will be in action in men’s 800m today (18).

 

“ We got two female athletes also competing this time in women’ Triple Jump and Women’s 800m . Gayathika Aberathna and Vidusha Lakmali also could make a difference and bring two medals in their respective events” ” Sajith Jayalal added

 Gayanthika Abeyrathna national record holder of the women’s 800m will be in action today (18) while Vidusha Lakshani will try her ability in women’s triple jump on Tuesday (19)

 There will be 21 sports contested across 15 venues over 12 days of competition and Sri Lanka will take part in Chess, Indoor Athletics, Taekwondo, Weightlifting and Wrestling at the games. More than 6,000 athletes and team officials represents 65 delegations in the 5th Edition which unfold today.

Posted on 2017-09-17 12:48:03
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