St. Benedict’s clinch championship

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Benedictine athletes put up a glorious all-round performance to bag the prestigious Colombo Zonal Athletic Championship held at the Sugathadasa Stadium from 23 to 26 August. They led second placed St. Peter’s by 36 points.

Benedictines dominated the Middle and Long Distances, the Hurdle events and won the overall Relay Championship, while faring well in the Field events. In addition, High Jumper Pasan Dilhara was awarded the Champion Athlete of the Meet for clearing over two meters in the Under-20 event.

In the Under-20 800m and 1500m, Tharindu Nimesh and Chirath Perera won the first and second places alternatively, while the brilliant Sakuntha Balasuriya won both the Under-18 800m and 1500m easily, and ran a superb final lap in the Under-18 4x400m Relay to bring victory to the Benedictines in the last event of the meet.

Kalana Jayamanne won three events in the Under-16 category, bagging Gold in the 400m, 800m and 300m Hurdles.

In field events, Pasindu Nanayakkara won the Double – Long Jump and Triple Jump.

Gold medals were also won by Steve Fernando, Under-18 Putt Shot, Yashen Theekshana, Under-16 Javelin Throw and Minol Imesh, Under-20 400m Hurdles.

It was indeed a brilliant team effort and all the hard work put in by the Athletes, Coaching and the Support Staff brought in the desired result for the College. The dedicated and committed Master In-Charge and Head Coach Nuwan Abeywickrama deserves all the credit for the team’s performances. He was ably supported by Assistant Coaches Ravindra Weerakkody, Ravi Jayakody, Junior Coach Luhith Lonath and Physio Marin Amarasinghe. The team received unstinted backing from the youthful Sports Co-ordinator Rev. Bro. Dilshan Vimukthi FSC.