Sri Lanka lost its last athletics medal hope when the men’s 400M relay team ended up in fourth place clocking 3:02.74 secs at the Asian Games 2018 continued at the Gelora Bung Karno stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia yesterday.
This is the highest athletics achievement by Sri Lanka at the meet and best recorded timing in the event in 18 years. They missed the Sri Lankan record by .03 secs. The Sri Lankan record (3:02.71 secs) was established at the 2000 Asian Athletics Championship in Jakarta by Mahesh Perera, Vellasami Ratnakumar, Ranga Wimalawansha and Rohan Pradeepkumara.
Soon after the event members of the Lankan relay team said that they were sad to miss out on a medal and if they can practice together they will have a great chance to improve their performance. The Lankan men’s 400m relay team included Aruna Darshana, Kalinga Kumarage, Pasindu Lakshan Kodikara and Ajith Premakumara.
The gold medal was won by Qatar with a time of 3:00.56 secs with the silver medal and bronze medals going to India (3:01.85 secs) and Japan (3:01.94 secs) respectively.
Sri Lanka thrashed UAE 68-0 in their opening rugby sevens match but went down to Korea 26-31 in their second game. Sri Lanka led 28-0 at half time against UAE and scored 40 more points in the second half to record a clean sweep victory. Lankan team scored 10 tries and nine conversions.
Korea led 17-7 in the first half and added a further 19 points in the second whilst restricting Sri Lanka to 14 points in the second half.
Riza Rafaideen, Srinath Sooriyabandara and Sudam Sooriarachchi scored a try each and made a conversion while Buddhima Priyaratne scored a try for Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka will meet Afghanistan today in their Group ‘C’ match.
Lankan TT ace Ishara Madurangi was defeated by world number three, China’s Wang Manyu 0-4 (8/11, 5/11, 8/11, 1/11). Ishara recorded an easy win against Pakistan’s Fatima Khan 4-0 in the first round. Udaya Ranasinghe conceded victory to his Laos opponent due to an injury in the men’s singles event.
Chamara Nuwan competing in the below 73kg weight class judo event lost to Kyrgyzstan’s Bektur Rysmambetov 1-10. Rajitha Pushpakumara competing in the below 81kg weight class was edged out by his Indian rival Harshdeep Singh.
Lankan esport contestant Amrith Alfred was beaten by his Chinese Taipei counterpart 3-0 in the quarter final round.
Lankan men’s volleyball team beat Nepal 3-1. The first round saw a tough battle where Nepal won 25-23. Sri Lanka bounced back in the second round and won 25-16 and maintained the lead to win the third and fourth rounds 26-25, 24-21.
Lankan men’s hockey team was defeated 5-2 by Oman. Sri Lanka was placed eighth out of 12 teams.
At the end of the 11th day, China lead the medals table with over 100 medals. They have 104 gold, 67 silver and 50 bronze medals totalling 219 medals. Japan are second followed by Korea and Indonesia at third and fourth respectively.