Yupun and Nilani qualify for World Championship


Sprinter Yupun Abeykoon and 3000m steeplechase runner Nilani Rathnayaka have secured their places for the forthcoming World Athletics Championship to be held from 14 July in Eugene USA.

Yupun finished 42 out of 48 in the Road to Oregon sprinters list to secure his qualification in the 100m, while Nilani finished 38 out of 45 to secure her position.

Gayanthika Abeyrathne is 46 out 48 and within the cut, but it’s not official until World Athletics updates wild card list.

Maximum wild card entries for the 800m event is 4. World Athletics website has updated two already – for defending world champion and Diamond League winner, and even if the other two are allocated Gayanthika is in the safe zone. However, she will have to wait until World Athletics announces its official list today (30th).