Sanjaya rolls back years with Triple Jump win
By Anjana Kaluarachchi
Former Sri Lanka record holder Sanjaya Jayasinghe, who is 39-years-old, showed that he is still going strong with another win in the men’s triple jump final with a leap of 15.71m at the 57th Army Athletics Championship continued at Sugathadasa Stadium yesterday.
In doing so, Jayasinghe beat present Sri Lanka record holder Sreshan Dhananjaya, who could not register a legal mark, where L.C. Kumarasiri (15.68m) finished second with N.S Ahamed (15.6m) finishing third.
Jayasinghe trained under Cuban coach Luis Miranda, and later begged from the authorities to extend the contract of his coach at least until next April, as the Sports Ministry is all set to send him back after a coup by a group of incompetent coaches and officials who supported these coaches.
Meanwhile, Aruna Darshana sealed the gold medal of the 200m with ease clocking 21.03 seconds, but his heavy schedule came to bite him later on as he fell down with an injury during the 400m semi-finals just after the first 100m. Darshana had to run several rounds of relays on Monday followed by 200m heats, semi-finals, finals then 400m heats and semi-finals within these four days, where the former Asian junior champion was finding it hard to recover between events, though he gave his best effort to earn points for his Regiment.
Amasha de Silva won the women's 200m with a personal best and new meet record of 24.05 seconds. Harsha Karunarathne won the 800m clocking 1:51.06 seconds, while Dilshi Kumarasinghe returned to the 800m after last May to win it with ease clocking 2:06.73 secs.