National Trials 2021: Dilshi Turns Tables Over Nadeesha in 400m
By Anjana Kaluarachchi
South Asian Games’ triple Gold medalist Dilshi Kumarasinghe turned tables over Nadeesha Ramanayake in a thrilling 400m tape finish at the National Athletics Trials 2021, which commenced at the Sugathadasa Stadium yesterday.
Dilshi equaled her personal best in the event clocking 53.43 seconds to beat the defending National champ Nadeesha (53.48 sec) in the 400m women’s final. In the 400m men’s final defending National Champ Kalinga Kumarage clocked 45.99 seconds to win the event, while SAG Gold medalist Aruna Darshana finished third.
In the 100m finals defending men’s and women’s National Champs Himasha Eashan and Amasha de Silva won the events, with Amasha clocking 11.60 and Himasha clocking 10.38 seconds. However, both of them clocked better times in the heats. Former Youth Olympic star Shelinda Jansen made a return to the track after February 2019 as she clocked a personal best 11.81 seconds in the heats, and finished second in the finals.
In the junior men’s 400m, Isuru Kaushalya clocked an amazing 47.24 seconds to achieve World junior Championship qualification standards beating Asian Youth Silver medalist Navishka Sandeesh to third place. Pasindu Gunawardana finished second.
Ovini Chandrasekara shattered the Sri Lanka junior women’s shot put record with a throw of 13.02m.
In the morning session, long jumper Anjani Pulwansa leapt a personal best of 6.26m to win the women’s final. St. Peter’s athlete Hirusha Hashen won the junior boys long jump event leaping 7.51m.
10,000M: 1K. Shanmugeswaran 31:29.31 sec, 2. A.L. Sirimanne 31:34.68 sec, 3. W. Watson 32:19.30 sec
3000m Steeple Chase: 1. R.M.S. Pushpakumara 8:59.51 sec, 2. U.B. Herath 9:06.56 sec, 3. G.J. Wijenayaka 9:16.93 sec
Javelin Throw: 1. Waruna Dayarathne 72.50m, 2. Sampath Ranasinghe 71.53m, 3. A.P. Lakmal 69.42m
Long Jump: 1. Prasad Wimalasiri 7.86m, 2. M.K. Karunasekara 7.78m, 3. B.R. Herath 7.48m
Shot Put: 1. S.M. Fernando 16.62m, 2. Samitha Jayawardene 15.67m, 3. Joy Dhanushka Perera 14.41m
100m:1. Himasha Eashan 10.58 sec, 2. Chamod Yodasinghe 10.81 sec, 3. S.M. Safan 10.81 sec
400m:1. Kalinga Kumarage 45.99 sec, 2. Seniru Gunarathne 46.82 sec, 3. Aruna Darshana 46.91 sec
Long Jump: 1. Hirushan Hashen 7.51m, 2. Pasindu Milshan 7.4m, 3. Dulanjana Premalal 7.03m
High Jump: 1. Thayaga Vishmitha 2.00m, 2. Pravath Kawshalya 1.97m, 3. Priyalanka Fernando 1.97m
100m: 1. Chalith Piumal 11.09 sec, 2. Dilshan Kulasinghe 11.11 sec, 3. Milinda Perera 11.18 sec
400m: 1. Isuru Abeywardana 47.25 sec, 2. Pasindu Gunawardana 48.76 sec, Navishka Sandeesh 48.77 sec
3000m Steeple Chase: 1. Nilani Rathnayaka 9:57.81, 2. Lanka Ariyadasa 11:04.52 sec, 3. H.N. Kumari 11:15.99 sec
High Jump: 1. S.M. Madushani 1:65 m, 2. Koshila Amarasinghe 1.62m, 3. Sonali Imeshika 1.62m
Shot Put: 1. Ovini Chandrasekara 13.02m, 2. Priyangika Kumari 11.29m, 3. P.D. Clarence 11.24 m
Long Jump: 1. Anjani Pulwansa 6.26m, 2. M.S. Upeksha 5.80m, 3. Nethmi Megawarna 5.74m
Javelin Throw: 1. Dilhani Lekamge 51.75m, 2. Nadeeka Lakmali 50.13m, 3. D.H. Maduwanthi 49.51m
100m:1. Amasha de Silva 11.79 sec, 2. Shelinda Jansen 12.07 sec, 3. Medhani Jayamanne 12.15 sec
1500m: 1. Gayanthika Abeyrathne 4:24.06 sec, 2.Shanika Lakshani 4:37.60 sec
High Jump: 1. K.S. Sadithya 1.67m, 2. Minoli Fernando 1.59m, 3. Kumari Herath 1.59m
100m: 1. Dulyana Salulgoda 12.54 sec, 2. Dinara Dela 12.64 sec, 3. D.P. Nethranjalee 12.72 sec
400m: 1. Lakshima Mendis 56.40 sec, 2. Kavindi Sanjana 56.98 sec, 3. Masha Fernando 57.46 sec
Official blunder affects Nilani’s Olympic Chances
An official blunder at the National Athletics trials affected Nilani’s chances of gaining higher points in the World Athletics ranking, which will subsequently affect her chances of participating at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Nilani is the only Sri Lankan athlete who is within Olympic qualification as she is 35th in the Olympic qualification list in the Women’s 3,000m steeplechase. World Athletics will select the top 45 runners for the event.
Nilani needed to better her time to gain higher World Athletics points to further increase her chances of qualifying for the Olympics, but her performance was hampered as officials had mistakenly increased the height of all five steeples (instead of the normal height), which she had to clear during the event.
Over the 7 and a half rounds she had to clear the steeples 45 times during the event, where she and her coach conveyed their strong displeasure over the incident.