Sri Lanka’s only representative in Para Athletics at the Commonwealth Games, Palitha Bandara, secured a Silver Medal in the Men’s Discus Throw F42-44/61-64.
“I had targeted a medal, but didn’t expect to win a Silver Medal for Sri Lanka in the para event,” said a jubilant Bandara. “I am happy to win a medal at the Commonwealth Games for Sri Lanka.”
“I have continuously trained for six-months, even forgetting all my family problems,” said Bandara. “I must thank the Sri Lanka Army who supported me all the way to achieve this historic moment.”
Bandara’s best throw came in his penultimate effort, where he managed a distance of 44.20m which amounted to 944 points. Welshmen Aled Davis (1072 points) and Harrison Walsh (915 points) won Gold and Bronze respectively.
Palitha Bandara passed his personal best twice to win Silver.
Niluka Karunaratne beat Shae Michael Martin (Barbados) 2-0 in the men’s single round of 32 match to enter the next round.
Another opportunity to win a Bronze medal in the Women’s Over 45kg-48kg (minimum weight) was lost when Nadeeka Pushpakumari was thrashed by Lethabo Bokamoso (Botswana) 4-0.
In the Women’s Over 54kg-57kg (Featherweight) quarter-final, Sajeewani Cooray lost to Phiwokuhle Sbusisiwe of South Africa.
Thimali Wiyannalage finished eighth in the Women’s 87+kg event, while Ushan Charuka also finished eighth in the Men’s 109+kg event.
Sri Lanka women faced a thumping 10 wicket loss at the hands of South Africa in a group ‘B’ fixture. South Africa finished third in Group B and will not feature in the medal matches. On the other hand, Sri Lanka were left at the bottom of the points table losing all three of their group games. They have much work to do ahead of qualifiers for next year’s T20 World Cup, specifically in their batting.
Shamil Wakeel and Ravindu Laksiri beat Guyana’s Shomari Wiltshire and Jason-Roy (2-0) in the men’s doubles round of 32 encounter to advance to the round of 16.
By Asanka Gammanpila in Birmingham