Isuru opens medal account for Sri Lanka

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Sri Lankan weightlifter Dilanka Isuru Kumara produced the first medal for Sri Lanka when he won a Bronze medal in the Men’s 55kg event on Saturday.

He lifted 120kg in his first attempt of Clean and Jerk and 105kg in Snatch with a total weight of 225kg.

The Gold medal was won by Bin Kasdan Mohamad Aniq from Malaysia, while India’s Sanket Mahadev Sargar won the Silver medal.

The young athlete was competing in his first ever Commonwealth Games, and his coach Rushan Gunathilaka said, “It is years of sacrifice which produced this medal for him and Sri Lanka.”

In the other weight lifting events, Thiwanka Palagasinghe once again missed out on a podium finish. Palagasinghe who finished 4th in the 2018, faced an injury during his second attempt and was forced to retire. Srimali Samarakoon finished 8th in the Women’s 49kg category, the same category in which Hansani Gomes produced a Bronze medal in 2018, though she could not make the trip this time around.

Chamari Warnakulasooriya finished 7th in the women’s 55kg category.

Bronze medalist Chathuranga Lakmal finished fifth this time in the Men’s 67kg category lifting 259kg. Lakmal won Sri Lanka’s first medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Men’s 56kg category.

Rugby

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Rugby team faced several heavy defeats, but had a consolation win against Zambia later in the semi final for 13th place play off beating them 27-14. They were beaten 63-5 against New Zealand, 47-19 to England and 44-0 to Samoa.

Swimming

Akalanka Peiris finished 7th in the 50m backstroke heat clocking 26.15 seconds.

Cricket

Sri Lanka Women started the tournament with a loss, as England beat them by 5 wickets. Winning the toss, Sri Lanka decided to bat and could only score 106 for 9 in 20 overs with Nilakshila Silva top scoring with 25. Sophie Ecclestone claimed three wickets. In reply, England chased made 109 with loss of 5 wickets in 17.1 overs, with Alice Capsey top scoring with 44.

By Asanka Gammanpila