Sarangi wins Gold in Geneva


Sri Lanka long jumper Sarangi Silva leaped 6.33m to win the Gold medal at the Meeting International D’Athletisme de Geneve held in Switzerland on Saturday evening. 

The Sri Lankan record holder of the event with a personal best of 6.65m, Sarangi left to Poland earlier this month to compete at the 68° ORLEN Janusz Kusociński Memorial, a World Athletics Gold label competition, where she finished 6th with a 6.35m performance.

She then travelled to Switzerland with her coach Y.K. Kularathne to compete at the International D’Athletisme de Geneve. Her winning jump came in her 6th and final attempt (6.33m). She leaped above 6.20m four times during the competition – opening attempt of 5.95m, 6.25m in the third, 6.26m in the fourth, 6.29m in the fifth, followed by 6.33m.

She is presently ranked 42 in the world and 38th on the Road to World Championship list, where she will have to break into the first 32 to qualify.

Meanwhile, Kalinga Kumarage finished 6th in the 400m clocking 46.42 seconds, and Sumedha Ranasinghe finished 4th with a mediocre 70.21m throw. Gayanthika Abeyrathne clocked a good time of 2 minutes 03.62 seconds but she could only finish 9th in the fast 800m final.

All four will now travel to Bern for another World Athletics Bronze Level competition.

Indian Interstate Championship

Meanwhile, Aruna Darshana competing in the Indian Interstate Championship, did not have a great final finishing 5th in the 400m clocking 47.01 seconds.

Amasha de Silva competing in the 100m finals clocked 11.78 seconds and finished fourth.