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Sri Lanka pick 16 for Asian athletics

Sri Lanka squad for Asian Athletic Championship: Men:  Himasha Eshan (100m), Vinoj Suranjaya (100m subject to a fitness test), Sumedha Ranasinghe (Javelin Throw), Rusiru Chathuranga (800m), Dhanushka Piyarathne (Long Jump), Prasad Wimalasiri (Long Jump), Hemantha Kumara (1500m), Greshan Dhananjaya (Triple Jump), Ajith Premakumnara (400m)  Women:  Nadeeka Ramanayake (400m), Nimali Liyanaarachchi (800m), Gayanthika Abeyratne (800m), Vidusha Lakshani (Triple Jump) and Nilani Ratnayake (3000m Steeple Chase)
Sri Lanka squad for Asian Athletic Championship: Men: Himasha Eshan (100m), Vinoj Suranjaya (100m subject to a fitness test), Sumedha Ranasinghe (Javelin Throw), Rusiru Chathuranga (800m), Dhanushka Piyarathne (Long Jump), Prasad Wimalasiri (Long Jump), Hemantha Kumara (1500m), Greshan Dhananjaya (Triple Jump), Ajith Premakumnara (400m) Women: Nadeeka Ramanayake (400m), Nimali Liyanaarachchi (800m), Gayanthika Abeyratne (800m), Vidusha Lakshani (Triple Jump) and Nilani Ratnayake (3000m Steeple Chase)

Sri Lanka will be represented by a squad of 16 athletes at the forthcoming Asian Championship to be held in Qatar from April 21 to 24.

Sri Lanka has received a quota of 14 athletes and three officials for the event, but after the two trials held to select the athletes, the AASL has decided to send a squad of 16 athletes which would enable the country to enter a women’s 4x400m relay team.

The first trial produced two national records with Gratien Dananjaya improving on the men’s triple jump record while Sri Lanka’s fastest runner Himasha Eshan broke his own National and South Asian record in the men’s 100m. In the second and final trial the best performance came from Nimali Liyanaarachchi who for the second time ran an impressive time in the Women’s 800m falling an agonizing 0.1 second short of the National record by clocking 2:02.65. Olympian and Commonwealth finalist Sumedha Ranasinghe was back in his usual form where he managed a throw of 79.66 in the javelin going past the qualifying standard set by the AASL.

Himasha Eshan and Vinoj Suranjaya earned qualification in the Men’s 100m but Suranjaya, who had an unfortunate accident during training in the run up to the second trial, will have to undergo a fitness test to be eligible to be a part of the touring contingent. 

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