Wednesday, 10 February 2016 - 12:34
Sri Lankan team showers the country with fame at SAG



Sri Lankan team at the 12th South Asian Games brought good fame to the mother Lanka by winning a number of Golds, Silvers and Bronze medals.

Sri Lanka’s Matthew Abeysinghe and Kimiko Raheem surrendered SAG waters when Matthew achieved six gold medals with four South Asian records and Kimiko secured four gold medals with one South Asian record.

Meanwhile, Sri Lankan swimmers bagged the first place of 400 m free-style swimming relay. The group led by Matthew Abeysinghe included Cherantha De Silva, Shehan De Silva and Matthew’s younger brother Kyle Abeysinghe.

Anton Sudesh Peiris won the Gold Medal in the Men’s 62kg Weightlifting event while Dinusha Hansani won Silver in the women’s 48 kilogramme weightlifting event.

Janaka Hemantha Kumara won bronze in the Men’s 40km Individual Time Trial and Chaturanga Lakmal Jayasooriya won the Silver medal in the Men’s 56kg weight lifting event while setting a new South Asain record.

Sri Lanka’s Chamari Mendis bagged the Silver Medal in the Women’s 53kg weightlifting event.

Hasitha Lakshan Jayasinghe also could offer mother Lanka with the Gold medal of Wushu Tao event he represented.

Meanwhile, Manjula Silva achieved two gold medals in 60KM and 100KM men’s cycling events.

In the athletic competition of the 12th SAG which began yesterday at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in Guwahati, Sri Lanka could produce South Asia’s fastest sprinters, adding two more Gold medals to the Island’s medal collection.

Himasha Eshan won the 100m event in a record time of 10.71 seconds at the cost of previous SA record set by another Sri Lankan- Chinthaka De Soyza in the 1999 SAG. At the same event, Mohamed Ashrafu won Sri Lanka another bronze medal in a time of 10.69 seconds.

Meanwhile, Rumeshika Ratnayake finished the womens' 100m event in a time of 11.71 seconds with the gold medal of the event.

Sri Lanka's Manjula Kumara won the Gold in the high jump event while Nimali Liyanarachchi and Gayanthika Abeyratne won the Gold and Silver medals respectively in womens’ 800metres event.

It is noteworthy that Sri Lanka won a gold medal in SAG for the first time in the history.

Further, Sri Lankan table tennis players could secure one silver and 10 bronze medals for the country.

However, Sri Lanka is currently at the second place with a total medal tally of 87- 17 Gold medals, 37 Silver medals and 33 Bronze medals.

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