Mathilda fails to qualify for second round
By Wichithra Weerasinghe
in Tokyo The sole Sri Lankan athlete who was last man standing at the 32nd Tokyo Olympics, Mathilda Karlsson, participated in the equestrian event yesterday, but unfortunately, she failed to qualify for the second round dashing the final medal hope for the island-nation. Karlsson who was the 13th competitor out of 73 contestants, failed to complete her event, as out of 14 hurdles she was forced to withdraw as her horse refused to jump the eighth hurdle. All competitors were provided with two chances to complete their event.
During the event Karlsson struggled to complete her sixth jump, and though she pressed ahead a second time she was let down during the eighth jump forcing her to withdraw. Out of the 73 competitors 30 competitors qualified for the next round. Airing her views to the media Karlsson stated that inadequate training had played its part in her setback. Continuing further she said: “During the past few days I struggled to carry out my training properly. Also, during the event both I and my horse got rattled. However, the fault lies with me and I seek forgiveness from my fans over my failure. As this was my maiden foray into Olympics, I intend to use this experience for my future endeavours and bring honour to my country.”