SL campaign ends with One Silver and three Bronze

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Sri Lanka finished their Commonwealth Games 2022 campaign in Birmingham with 1 Silver and 3 Bronze medals, despite nine athletes and an official decamping from the contingent. During the last Commonwealth Games Sri Lanka recorded 1 Silver and 5 Bronze medals.

Sri Lanka recorded their first medal by promising weightlifter Dilanka Isuru Kumara. He produced a fine performance to secure the Bronze medal in the 55kg weight class as he lifted 105kgs in the snatch category and 120kgs in the clean and jerk category to finish in third place with an aggregate total of 225kg.

Later, Yupun Abeykoon won the Bronze medal in the Men’s 100m by rewriting athletic history and becoming the first Asian to win a 100 metres medal at the Commonwealth Games. It was followed by para-athlete Palitha Bandara securing a Silver medal in the Men’s F42-44/61-64 Discus Throw.

The third Bronze medal was won by 18-year-old Wrestler Nethmi Ahinsa Fernando. This was the first time Sri Lanka secured a medal for wrestling at the Commonwealth Games. Nethmi beat Irene Symeonidis of Australia in the Women’s Freestyle 57KG by (10-0) in the Bronze medal encounter.

Sri Lanka’s last hope was Sarangi Silva in the women’s long jump, but she could only manage to secure 13th place after a leap of 6.07m.

2018 Gold Coast Silver medallist Indika Dissanayake was a disappointment in Birmingham. He claimed the Silver medal in the Men’s weightlifting 56kg category in Gold Coast.

Out of the 165 Sri Lankan contingent, so far 10 (9 athletes and 1 official) have decamped. Three Wrestlers (two males/one female), three men’s boxers, two men’s beach volleyball players and one female Judoka and team manager were the ones reported missing.

Decamped Athletes:

Judo: Chamila Dilani and Manager Asela de Silva

Wrestling: Shanith Chathuranga, Shriyanthika Niroshani, Suresh Fernando

Boxing: Niklas Vittalis, Vimukthi Kumara, Sanjeewa Bandara Rajakaruna

Beach Volleyball: Malintha Yapa and Ashen Rashmika

By Asanka Gammanpila in Birmingham