Athletic events at the Commonwealth Games 2022 starts today, and two Sri Lankan athletes will be seen in action at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham.
100m South Asian record holder and Olympian Yupun Abeykoon will be in action in the 100m men’s heats, starting from 3.10 p.m. Sri Lanka time. Middle distance runner Gayanthika Abeyrathne will be in action in the 800m heats at 4.20 p.m.
The team’s male flag bearer Indika Dissanayaka’s desperate attempt for a medal fell short in the Men’s 73 KG weight category on Sunday night. Dissanayaka, the sole Silver medalist from the 2018 edition, snatched 133 KG, the 4th best among competitors. He then made two attempts to lift 160 KG, and 161 KG in the Clean & Jerk, but fell short.
With three other competitors already lifting 170, 165 and 163KG in the Clean and Jerk, Indika had to lift at least 167KG to win a medal, which he attempted but just fell short with three fouls.
India’s Achinta Sheuli won the event with a total of 313 KG, which is a new Games record, while Malaysia’s Erry Hidyat and Canada’s Shad Darigny finished second and third with 303 and 298 KGs. Dissanayaka won the Silver medal from the 67kg weight category in 2018 lifting 297 KG.
Meanwhile former Commonwealth Games Gold medalist Chinthana Geethal Vidanage finished 9th with 282 KG in the Men’s 81 KG category. Vidanage, now 40, has represented Sri Lanka at five Commonwealth Games so far since 2006. He won Gold in 2006, while winning Silver in 2010.
In the other events of the day, Sri Lanka’s Chanithma Sinaly was beaten 3-0 by India’s Sunayana Kuruvilla in the Women’s Singles pre-quarter-finals.
Both Judoka’s Priyankara Vimukthi and Chamila Dilani lost their round of 16 matches.
Ganga Seneviratne finished 7th in the women’s 200m backstroke clocking 2 minutes 26.63 seconds.
Rugby – Men’s team finishes 14th
Sri Lanka men’s Rugby 7s team went down fighting 26-24 against Jamaica in the 13th place play off to finished 14th out of 16 participants. The other two teams were Zambia and Malaysia.
By Asanka Gammanpila