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5th AIMAG 2017-Gayanthika - Indunil keep Sri Lankan medal hopes alive

5th AIMAG 2017-Gayanthika - Indunil keep Sri Lankan medal hopes alive

by Hishan Welmilla in Ashgabat. September 18.Indunil Herath and Gayanthika Abeyrathna kept Sri Lanka’s medal hopes alive in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games 2017 when they progress in to the next levels of the Men’s and Women’s 800m events after finishing first in their heats in Ashgabat today,

Indunila Herath booked his place in the semifinals of the men’s 800m and Gayanthika Abeyrathna progressed to the Finals of the Women’s 800m.

Indunil ran the second heart of the event and finished first with a time of 1 minute 53.78 seconds to earn his place in the semifinals on Monday (18) This is a new Sri Lankan Indoor record for the event and Indunil surpassed his previous best time of his  in the event (1.57.76 sec ) which was his national record timing in outdoor as well.

Indunil who ran on the second lane got challenge from Khurshidjon Akhmadaliev Uzbekistan who finished second with a time of 1 minute 54.22 seconds but Sri Lankan lass managed to keep his momentum till the end and cross the line with ease at the end. Jamal Hairane of Qatar finished third with a time of 1 minute 54.54 seconds to earn his place in the semifinals

Indunil Herath will compete once again in the semifinals which will be worked off today (19) and it is scheduled at 6.45 pm (7.15 pm Sri Lanka time). The Sri Lankan lass is in very much confidence that he could take his name to the final start list.

“It’s good to record a very good time in the heats and it’s certainly built the confidence to move forward. Hope I could take a medal home” said Indunil Herath after finishing his event.

If Indunil makes to the finals he will run for his medal on Wednesday (20) and the finals scheduled at 7.10 pm (7.40 pm Sri Lanka time).

Gayanthika competed in the first heat of the Women’s 800m event and finished the race as the winner with a time of 2 minutes 12.93 seconds leaving her close contender Arina Kleshchukova of Kirgizstan. Arina finished second with a time of 2 minutes 14.10 seconds. Zulfizar Abdullaeva of Uzbekistan came third and clocked 2 minutes 17.39 seconds.

The National record holder Gayanthika’s best timing was recorded as 2 minutes 02.55 seconds in outdoor and she believes he could go for a better timing with a medal at the finals.

“ I think I have to face a tiff challenge in the finals . But I am confident that I could improve my timing and to have a podium finish and bring honor to Sri Lanka” Gayanthika said soon after the race.

The Sri Lankan Gayanthika Abeyrathna will run for her medal on Wednesday (20). The women’s 800m finals will be held at 6.55pm (7.25pm Sri Lanka time).

Himasha and Vidusha in action today

Himasha Eashan  the national record in men’s 100 meter dash will be in action in Men’s 60m while Vidusha Lakshani will try her ability in women’s triple jump today (19).

The heats of the Men’s 60m will commence from 9.50 am (10.20 am Sri Lankan time). The Women’s triple jump competition will be a straight final and it will get underway at 5.00pm ( 5.30 pm Sri Lanka time)


Anura Bandara who competed in Men’s 54kg category met Turkmenistan’s Isanberdi Gulamow and loss the fight with 21 points 17. 2016 Goa Bronze Medalist took the first round 9-3. But the  home boy capitalized from the second round by taking the second 7-4 and kept his momentum to take the third 11-4 to impress his home crowd. The next Sri Lankan in action will be Sampath Liyanage who competes in the 68kg category and he will fight with Serdar Caryyew who is also from Turkmenistan. The fight to be taken place on Tuesday ( 21)


Charles Fernando (57kg), Chamara Perera (65kg) and Suthija Maduranga (74kg) were seen in action in Men’s Wrestling worked off on Monday (18)

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