Sri Lanka’s Yupun Abeykoon won the bronze medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, while para-athlete Palitha Bandara secured a silver medal, making them the first ever Sri Lankan medal winners in their respective events at the Commonwealth Games.
Abeykoon placed third in the Men’s 100m finals with a time of 10.14 seconds, while Kenyan Ferdinand Omanyala claimed the gold in 10.02 seconds and defending champion Akani Simbine from South Africa was second in 10.13.
“Have no words to explain the feeling that I have right now. I did it! I made myself proud and I made everyone who has been there for me proud! Thank you very much to all of you for being there through every moment of this race. This is just the start of more big things to come in the future. I’m going to keep working hard”, he posted after the win.
Meanwhile, para-athlete Palitha Bandara also won a silver medal in the Men’s F42-44/61-64 Discus Throw, making him the first ever Sri Lankan to win a medal in para-sports at the Commonwealth Games.
The 30-year-old threw 44.20 metres in his fifth attempt, marking his personal best.
Welsh para-athletes Aled Davis and Harrison Walsh won the gold and bronze medals, respectively.