Did an official blunder cost Dulan World Record?

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An official blunder by the Sri Lanka Paralympic Committee may have cost a world record for Paralympics medalist Samitha Dulan, who threw 66.60m in the Javelin Throw (F44) category, which is better than the present world record of 66.26m held by Australia’s Michal Burian.

Sri Lanka had two medalists at the 2021 Tokyo Paralympics in the Javelin Throw F46 category. Dinesh Priyantha won the Gold medal establishing a world record (67.79m) while Dulan finished third for the Bronze medal with 65.61m.

Eyebrows were raised as to why the SL Paralympic Committee neglected to get IPC ratification for their national championship, where two paralympic medalists including a world record holder competed.

Sri Lanka Athletics stated they had all technical requirements (venue, qualified Judges and equipment) in place for World Athletics to ratify the javelin throw world record.

Ceylon Today‘s attempt to contact SL Paralympic Committee President Deepal Herath in this regard failed despite numerous attempts.

Dialog Axiata is the main sponsor of the Sri Lanka Paralympics team.

(AK)