R A A Karunawansa shatters the National record on the final day at the National Championships

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It was the final day of the 92nd national championships  at the Sugathadasa Stadium and there were two records broken and one equaled of a very successful championships. With this the authorities will decide who has made the cut according to their respective timings for the Asian games which will be held next month in Korea.

R A A Karunawansa from the Sri Lanka Navy broke the pole vault record in sublime fashion when she jumped over 3.32 meters. W P A Jayasiri from the Sri Lanka Air Force equalled Sujith Rohitha’s jump in 1999 which was 7.86 meters.  Himasha Eshan who won 100 meters event could not add to his medal tally as he came in a disappointing  4th in the men`s 200 meters event which was eventually won by Sri Lanka Army A R M Rajaskhan. In the same event Shehan Ambepitiya did not start the race.

The most exciting event was the men`s  400 meter race as all of first five individuals clocked with 47 seconds. Eventually Sri Lanka Navy`s U V Weerasinghe won the race with the nearest margin with a timing of 47.37 seconds.

Sri Lanka Navy`s R K C S Somawardana broke the championship record in the 1500 meter event with a timing of 03 minutes and 49.56 seconds. Sri Lanka Airforce and national record holder Manjula Kumara won the high jump event with a height  of 2.13 meters and was able to qualify for the Asian games in Korea next month. But Manjula Kumara’s personal best has been of 2.27 meters.

Speaking to ThePapare.com Major General Palitha Fernando, President of the Athletics Association of Sri Lanka said, “performance from all the athletes was good, some events were above average such as women`s  400 meter and 800 meter events. Men`s  400 meter, 800 meter and triple jump events. But Manjula Kumara in the high jump  was a disappointment at the championships.”

These are the complete results of the final day and Challenge trophy winners,

CHALLENGE TROPHIES

1. THE DUNCAN WHITE CHALLENGE CUP

Will be awarded to the Men athlete whose performance is considered the best in the Men’s Hurdles Events at the meet 

Bib No. 24 – S.M. Aravinda Chathuranga, Sri Lanka Army, 400 M Hurdles 51.64 secs. 

(1050 – IAAF Points)

 

2. THE C.C. DISSANAYAKE CHALLENGE TROPHY

Will be awarded to the Men athlete whose performance is considered the best in the Throwing events at the meet.

Bib No. 224 – R.P.V.L. Dayarathna, Sri Lanka Army, Javelin Throw – 75.48 M 

(1029 – IAAF Points)

 

3. THE N.M. VASAGAM CHALLENGE TROPHY

Will be awarded to the Men athlete whose performance is considered the best in the jumping events at the meet.

Bib No. 395 – W.P.A. Jayasiri – Sri Lanka Air Force – Long Jump – 7.86 M *New Meet Record (1107 – IAAF Points)

 

4. HORLICKS CHALLENGE TROPHY

Presented by Smith Kline Beacham Mackwoods Ltd., Will be awarded to Men athlete whose performance is considered the best in Sprint Events.

Bib No. 606 – W.K. Himasha Eashan – Sri Lanka Schools AA – 100 M – 10.50 (Semi Finals)

(1040 – IAAF Points)

 

5. ANTHONY ABEYSINGHE CHALLENGE TROPHY

Donated by Dr N. Ethirweerasingam will be awarded to the Athlete whose performance is considered the best in the High Jump Events.

Bib No. 446 – W.P. Manjula Kumara, Sri Lanka Air Force, High Jump – 2.13 M 

(1028 – IAAF Points)

 

6.CHANDI KANNANGARA MEMORIAL TROPHY

Presented by the Directors for the Trico Group of companies for best performance Women – Sprints

Bib No. 726 – R.M.C.S. Rasnayake – Sri Lanka Air Force – 400 M – 52.76

(1097 – IAAF Points)

 

7.GRAYLINE GROUP CHALLENGE TROPHY

Presented by Grayline Homes for best performance Women – Middle Distance

Bib No. 687 – G.T.A. Abeyratne, Sri Lanka Navy – 800 M – 2:04.46

(1075 – IAAF Points)

 

8. HUXLEY’S WINTOGENO CHALLENGE TROPHY

For best performance Women – Long Distance

Bib No. 682 – H.A.T.C. Hemamali – Sri Lanka Police Sports Club – 10000 M 34:46.37 secs.

(997 – IAAF Points)

 

9.GLUCOLIN CHALLENGE TROPHY

Presented by the Glaxo Ceylon Ltd., for best performance Women – Hurdles

Bib No. 802 – T.G.N.D. Wickramasinghe, Sri Lanka Army, 400 M H 59.88 secs. 

(1025 – IAAF Points)

 

10. HNB CHALLENGE TROPHY

Presented by Hatton National Bank for the best performance of Women – Jumps

Bib No. 697 – N.C.D. Priyadarshani – Sri Lanka Navy – Long Jump – 6.11 M 

(1011 – IAAF Points)

 

11.SALONPAS CHALLENGE TROPHY

Presented by Akbar Pharmaceuticals (Pvt) Ltd

For best performance Women – Throws

Bib No. 805 – H.L.N.D. Lekamge, Sri Lanka Army, Javelin Throw – 55.87 M

(995 – IAAF Points)

 

12.GOVERNOR GENERALS CUP

Will be awarded to the Men athlete whose performance is considered the best in the

Middle & Long Distance events at the meet

Bib No. 1 – H.E.M.I.G. Indunil Herath –Sri Lanka Army – 800 M – 1:48.69 secs

(1064 – IAAF Points)

 

13.THE COLOMBO CANTEEN COMMITTEE CHALLENGE CUP

Will be awarded to the Competitor whose achievements is considered the best in the Women’s Events at the Meet.

Bib No. 726 – R.M.C.S. Rasnayake – Sri Lanka Air Force – 400 M – 52.76

(1097 – IAAF Points)

 

14.THE WILTON BARTLEET CHALLENGE TROPHY

Will be awarded to the athlete whose performance is considered the best men event at the meet

Bib No. 395 – W.P.A. Jayasiri – Sri Lanka Air Force – Long Jump – 7.86 M *New Meet Record (1107 – IAAF Points)

 

15.N. VYRAVANATHAN MEMORIAL CHALLENGE CUP

Will be awarded to the Athletic whose performance in any individual event is considered the Best at the Meet (Men & Women)

Bib No. 395 – W.P.A. Jayasiri – Sri Lanka Air Force – Long Jump – 7.86 M *New Meet Record (1107 – IAAF Points)

 

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