Yupun Abeykoon to compete in Rome Sprint festival

Saturday, 18 May 2024 - 20:07

South Asia’s fastest man, Yupun Abeykoon is set to compete in the 100 meters event at the Roma Sprint Festival on Saturday. Abeykoon, who holds the national record in the 100 meters, aims to achieve the direct qualifying standard for the Paris Olympics.

To secure a spot, Abeykoon needs to clock 10.00 seconds in the 100 meters dash. Currently, he has yet to enter the ‘Road to Paris’ Olympic rankings maintained by World Athletics.

Abeykoon's race is scheduled to take place at 10:55 PM Sri Lanka time on Saturday (18). 

Abeykoon, who has been training rigorously for this moment, is aiming for an Olympic berth and will be closely watched by fans and athletics enthusiasts.

The Birmingham Commonwealth Games Bronze medalist recently clocked 10.18 seconds, securing third place at the Dubai Grand Prix meet in the UAE. Despite this strong performance, he fell short of the Olympic qualifying time.

If Abeykoon does not meet the required standard in these European competitions, he will have another opportunity to qualify at the Sri Lanka Athletics (SLA) Nationals in Colombo late next month. Sources from Sri Lanka Athletics remain confident in his ability to secure a spot among the elite athletes for the Paris Games.

In a related event, Kalinga Kumara will represent Sri Lanka in the men's 400m event at the Seiko Golden Grand Prix athletics tournament in Japan. Kumara's race is scheduled for tomorrow at 11:47 AM Sri Lanka time.

Both athletes are expected to put on stellar performances as they aim to secure their spots in upcoming international competitions, including the Olympics. Sri Lanka's athletics community is eagerly anticipating their results and cheering them on in their respective events.

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