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Paralympic medalists arrive to Sri Lanka

The SriLankan Airlines flight carrying Dinesh Priyantha Herath and Samitha Dulan Kodithuwakku, who won gold and bronze medals respectively at the Tokyo Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, arrived at the Katunayake International Airport this evening.

As soon as the players disembarked from the aircraft, they were taken to the PCR Testing Center at the Katunayake Airport.

Following the results of the tests, the Paralympic medalists were invited to a special guest lounge at the Katunayake Airport for a welcome ceremony. (Pix by T.K.G. Kapila)

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The war veteran Dinesh Priyantha Herath scripts history for Sri Lanka, winning the first-ever Paralympic gold medal for the country…

A war veteran, the captain of Sri Lanka’s Paralympian team, the Javelin thrower, Sergeant Dinesh Priyantha Herath claimed gold in the Men’s javelin throw – F46 event at the Olympic stadium today, breaking the world record and winning Sri Lanka’s first-ever gold medal in Paralympic Games history.

He established his new world record, registering a throw of 67.79m, surpassing the previous world record (63.97 m) set by the Indian Javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia in Rio Summer Paralympics 2016, who also had to settle for Silver in Tokyo Paralympic Games 2020.

Sergeant Dinesh has surmounted so many challenges to be on top of the world and bring glory to his mother country. He was affiliated with the Gajaba Regiment of the Sri Lankan army. He was subjected to injury in the war front against LTTE terrorists in the Kilinochchi area on 16 December 2008. It took around four years for him to recuperate himself. In his sports career, he has previously participated in Army Para Athletic Meet in 2012 winning gold (52 m), In Malaysia’s Para Athletic meet in 2012 winning gold (52.95 m), in Rio Summer.

Mother Sri Lanka again decorated with a Paralympic medal: Dulan Kodithuwakku claims bronze at Tokyo Paralympics 2020…

A war veteran, the Javelin thrower, Corporal Dulan Kodithuwakku claimed bronze in the Men’s javelin throw – F64 event at the Tokyo Paralympics. It is a brilliant day for Sri Lanka, with another war hero being able to bag a medal for mother Sri Lanka.

Kodithuwakku registered his personal best registering a throw of 65.61 m. It was an Australian national Michal Burian secured the Silver (66.29 m) while India’s Sumit Antil secured the Gold medal with a world record throw of 68.55 m.

Kodithuwakku is a Corporal attached to the Military Police of the Sri Lankan Army. In his sports career he has previously participated in Asian Para Games 2018 held in Indonesia, World Para Games 2019 held in Dubai, and the National Para games.

Let us all shower our love to our heroes bringing glory to the country and making play our National Anthem in the airs of the Paralympic stadium for the second time in a day. Today will be a day, long remembered by all Sri Lankans for winning two Paralympic medals in one day for javelin throw.

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Sri Lankans on the road to the Tokyo Summer Olympics 2020 – part III…

To the strong Olympian squad announced by the National Olympic Committee, there includes two field and track athletes; Nimali Liyanaarachchi, Yupun Abeykoon, and the gymnast Milka Gehani. This is the unveiling of the three Olympians who complete the team of nine athletes.

The Sprinter Yupun Abeykoon
Sri Lankan 100m champ Yupun Abeykoon grabbed a position in the Olympian team. This Italian-based Sri Lankan currently claims for the national 100m record in the country. Not only that, this 100m sprint sensation has already made its way into the world’s top 50 list. It was after the last performance in the States he managed to still be in the running with 1203 points in total, hitting 10.05 sec which is the qualifying standard for the Tokyo Summer Olympics 2020. Yupun is the only athlete in the team who gets direct qualification for the Tokyo Olympics and he was guided by the coach Claudio Licciardello. He who appears as the fastest man in Sri Lanka received his education from St. Joseph Vaz College, Wennappuwa, and set to Italy for a scholarship in 2015.
The middle-distance runner Nimali Liyanaarachchi

Liyanarachchi is an Asian Games Gold medalist and Asian Indoor Championship Silver medalist, who is currently ranked 84th in the Women’s 800m. She was included in the Olympian squad since she was able to secure the Universality Place. This was with Nilani Ratnayake being unable to maintain her position amongst the 45 in the world in the Women’s 3000m Steeplechase. Nimali has registered a time of 2.02.58 mins in 2017 and 2.03.15 mins achieved this April at the Sugathadasa Stadium in Colombo. She was the unbeaten national champion in 800m consecutively from 2013-2018.

The Gymnast Milka Gehani
The 18-year-old Milka Gehani is the second Sri Lankan to earn wings to Tokyo Olympics 2021. The artistic gymnast was the Junior Champion from 2011 to 2014. As well she is the National champion in the years 2017 and 2018, setting an area record. Her exceptional talent showcased in Indonesia in 2018, pushed her into the top 8 at the Asian Championship. She booked her place in artistic gymnastics on merit setting a new mark in Lankan gymnastics. Most importantly, she has been appointed as the captain of the women’s team captain, hence would proudly carry the Lion flag at the opening ceremony on July 23.

The dream of every athlete is to become an Olympian. Hence, all the athletes been selected were due to their exceeding commitment, dedication, and sacrifice. Therefore, let us all hail our Olympian squad and wish them all the best to show their talents in the International arena of Tokyo Olympics 2020. More information on
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Sri Lankans on the road to the Tokyo Summer Olympics 2020 – part II…

This is the unveiling of another three Sri Lankan Olympians who are on the road to the Tokyo Summer Olympics 2020. The record-breaking swimmer Matthew Abeysinghe Swimming sensation Abeysinghe is a 25-years-old US-based Sri Lankan who currently attends the Ohio state university and majoring in the Sports industry. He is the current Sri Lankan record holder in 50m freestyle (22.28), 100m freestyle (49.11), 200m freestyle (1:50:97), 400m freestyle (4:03:90), 1500m freestyle (16:23:61), 50m backstoake (26:94), 200m Individual medley (4:40:47) and 100m Butterfly (54.71).

The female swimmer Anika Gafoor, the 16-years-old young girl Anika Gafoor who dreamt to make it to the Tokyo Summer Olympics 2020, was finally qualified under the recommendations of the Sri Lankan Aquatic Sports Union from the wildcard system for the Olympic games. She smashed Sri Lanka’s national women’s relay record by more than 15 seconds, coming in at 4:00:18 to win the Silver medal. She also secured the bronze medal in the 100m butterfly at the last South Asian Games in Nepal. She represented the country at the 2019 World Aquatic Championship in South Korea. Let us all give her our heartiest wishes to bring glory to mother Lanka in the international arena of the Tokyo Summer Olympics 2020.

The Badmintonist Niluka Karunaratne
National badminton champion Niluka Karunaratne will be representing Sri Lanka in the Tokyo Summer Olympics 2020. He is the 6th player to make it to the Olympian squad from Sri Lanka. So far, he has claimed to be the national champion in badminton for the 17th time. In the Olympian squad, he is the most experienced of all. He made his debut as a shuttler in the 2012 Summer Olympics and also he was the captain of the Sri Lankan team by then. Claiming the first international win in 2011 at the Peurto Rico International, Sri Lanka’s most decorated shuttler has bagged a total of 10 international titles so far.

He has high hopes of winning a medal and bringing mother Sri Lanka fame. More information on
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Yupun Abeykoon hits a new Sri Lankan record in 100m…

Sri Lankan sprinter Yupun Abeykoon has set a new record with a finishing time of 10.15 seconds at the Meeting di Savona Championship held in Italy. It shatters his own South Asian and National men’s 100 m record which he finished with a timing of 10.16 seconds at an international meet in Dessau, Germany last year.

He who appears to the fastest man in Sri Lanka received his education from St. Joseph Vaz College, Wennappuwa. If we explore his talents, he was able to secure the gold medal at the South Asian Games held in 2019, Kathmandu, Nepal. During South Asian Games, in the event of 4 X 100 m relay, the Sri Lankan quartet which included Yupun, Vinod, Suranjaya, and Eshan was able to break a 25-year old record claimed by the Indian team in 2004 (39.91 seconds) by finishing in a time of 39.14 seconds. Now, he is looking forward to getting into Olympics by running under a time of 10.05 seconds.

23-year-old Sri Lankan athlete Ushan Thiwanka hits a new South Asian and Sri Lankan record in the high jump…

Sri Lankan high jumper Ushan Thiwanka has set a new South Asian and Sri Lankan high jump record at the Lone Star Conference Championship held in Texas 2021, USA yesterday (08 May). Accordingly, he has registered a height of 2.30 m, thereby securing first place in the Men’s High Jump event at the outdoor championships. During his career as an athlete once has broken the long-standing High Jump record set by Manjula Weerasekara in 2004 (2.27 m).

23-year-old Ushan Thiwanka started athletics since he was schooling at Karunarathne Buddhist School at Ragama and developed his skills further at Maris Stella college under the mentorship of his coach Sanarath Fernando. This energetic youngster left the country on a scholarship to Texas A&M University-Commerce. It should be remarked mother Sri Lanka is privileged to have such gems who outshines her name in the world.

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Sri Lankan gymnast Milka Gehani earns wings to Tokyo Olympics…

18-year-old Milka Gehani de Silva can be named as the second Sri Lankan to be eligible for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. 

After qualifying through the continental quota, the cancellation of the 9th Senior Asian Gymnastic Championship which was supposed to be held from May 29 to June 01, Milka got increased chances to compete in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. According to the results of the World Championship, Milka Gehani has secured first place in Asia while the Indian gymnast Pranathi Nayak holds second place. 

If we explore Gehani’s talents, she has represented Sri Lanka several times trained under the coach the former National champion Ranjana Tharanga. Accordingly, the artistic gymnast was the Junior Champion from 2011 to 2014. As well she is the National champion in the years of 2017 and 2018, setting an area record. Her magnificent talents were showcased in Indonesia in 2018 and she was pushed into to top 8 at the Asian Championship. Also, she appeared at the Youth Olympic Games 2018, setting a new area record. 

It was Mathilda Karlsson who became the first Sri Lankan to qualify for Tokyo Olympics representing the equestrian event. 

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13-year-old Yevan David becomes the first Sri Lankan to win a karting event in an international arena…

Yevan David from Sri Lanka makes history by winning the Karting event held in Belgium. He was able to secure the championship in round 01 of the international event “2021 Champions of the Future Karting race” in Genk, Belgium. 

During the competition he was among the top 10 karters, subsequently, moving up to third at the halfway point of the 10-lap race. 

From lap 07 onwards, little Karter took the lead. 
Our little Karter hero places 15th among the Top 80 Karter drivers of the world. 

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SL celebrated the Silver jubilee for their victory in 1996 cricket world championship…

Sri Lanka completed 25 years of their 1996 Cricket World Championship to 17th March 2021, and the victory was celebrated. This historic moment was achieved at the Gaddafi International Cricket Stadium, Lahore, Pakistan defeating Australia.

The winning SL team was led by the coolest Cricket captain Arjuna Ranatunga. Sri Lanka; this small island in the Indian ocean caught the world’s attention after this historic victory. To commemorate the victory, the players of the winning team were honored again by giving them Gold medals, under government patronage.

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