Records shattered on an epic Final Track and Field Day – XIV SLUG 2023

Records shattered on an epic Final Track and Field Day – XIV SLUG 2023

As the second and final day dawned of the track and field events of the SLUG 2023, it was filled with hopes and aspirations of many number of athletes from all around the country representing their own universities with one goal in mind – glory.

Sugathadasa stadium started buzzing from the early hours of the morning as the teams made their way to the ground in anticipation of getting at least a minute or more practice than their competitors. As the games began, the day was kicked off with the heats of the women’s 100m hurdles, and the finals of the field events, followed by the heats of the men’s and women’s 400m. 

As the games progressed, we witnessed many exceptional performances in the track as well as field events. R.R.D Ranathunga from Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka was the first among the athletes on day 2, to rewrite a SLUG record in his name as he clocked an impressive time of 14.12 seconds at the Men’s 110m hurdles event. R.A.S.S Dharmaraja from Mora and U.G.S.P Bandara from University of Sri Jayawardenepura was placed 2nd and 3rd respectively.

It was not long after Ranathunga’s record that L.K Pathirana from University of Sri Jayewardenepura renewed another meet record in his name to clinch the gold medal at the Men’s Shot Put event. M.I.D Pathirana from the University of Moratuwa along with T.S. Rajapaksha from University of Jaffna clinched 2nd and 3rd places respectively in the Men’s Shot Put event. The women’s triple Jump event concluded with K.K.R.N Abeyrathna emerging champion with a leap of 11.29m.

The women’s 100m hurdles event concluded with M.A.B Nilmini shattering another SLUG meet record by clocking 14.84 sec in her event. P.G Kumari from Sabra and K.M.M.W.M.K Wathupola from Pera was placed second and third respectively.

The women’s Shot Put was dominated by the University of Sri Jayewardenepura who managed to clinch 1st and 2nd place in this event, where R.A.O Wickramasinghe was placed first.

S.A.T Dasun from University of Sri Jayewardenepura rewrote the history as he made a new meet record in the Men’s High Jump event by clearing a height of 2.07m. R.R.D Ranathunga from Sabra clinched the silver medal while U.G.S.P Bandara and A.M Afrid from University of Sri Jayewardenepura and Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, respectively, were tied for the bronze medal in the Men’s High Jump event.

The Men’s Triple Jump event too, was concluded shortly after the Men’s high jump event where L.C Kumarasiri from University of Sri Jayewardenepura was placed first with a leap of 15.60m which broke the existing meet record as Kumarasiri’s name entered into the SLUG record books.

B.S.L Mendis from University of Kelaniya was among the others to break yet another record at the SLUG, as she clocked a time of 54.95 sec to clinch the gold medal in the women’s 400m event. M.A.N.H Fernando from University of Sri Jayewardenepura was placed 2nd while W.G.E Emeshika from Sabra was placed 3rd.

In the most anticipated event of the day, the men’s and women’s 100m finals attracted a great number of crowds to cheer on their respective athletes from each university. D.T.A. De Silva from University of Sri Jayewardenepura lived up to the expectations when she broke the existing meet record for the women’s 100m by clocking in 12.18 sec. A.M.S.R Lakmali from Sabra grabbed the 2nd place with D.D.Y Dahanayake clinching the 3rd place.

W.R.R Viharsha from Sabra managed to hang on to the first place in the men’s 100m with a time of 11.03 secs, closely followed by Y.S.H Kolambaarachchi in the 2nd place with a time of 11.25 secs with M Mufath of Sabra in the 3rd place with a time of 11.40 secs.

The men’s 400m event, too, was held with W.G.I.L Jayathissa grabbing the 1st place with B.P. Punsara University of Sri Jayewardenepura and W.M.T.G Thennakoon from University of Colombo placing in 2nd and 3rd of this event.

As the day was drawing to a close with the men’s and women’s 1500m and the relay events, N.B.A.C.P Madhubashana from Sabra was placed first while W.M.T.G Thennakoon from University of Colombo was placed in the 2nd and H.M.A.G Bandara from University of Sri Jayawardenepura was placed 3rd.

In the women’s 1500m event, R.M.W.G.S.H Rathnayaka from Pera was placed first and B.W.N. Sewwandi from University of Sri Jayewardenepura was placed 2nd and W.A.M.R Wijesuriya was placed 3rd in the women’s 1500m event.

In the final couple of events of the day, the men’s and women’s 4x400m relays were full of excitement and cheer as in the men’s relay Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka broke yet another record as they grabbed the gold medal with a timing of 3:22.54 followed by University of Sri Jayewardenepura in 2nd place with a timing of 3:24.27 and in 3rd place University of Colombo with a timing of 3:27.68.

In the women’s 4x400m relay University of Sri Jayewardenepura was placed first with a timing of 4:05.59 and University of Kelaniya in 2nd place with a time of 4:11.09 and Sabaragamuwa University in 3rd place with a timing of 4:32.09.

This concluded the exhilarating and breathtaking final day of the track and field events at the XIV SLUG 2023.

There were no surprises when University of Sri Jayewardenepura was placed CHAMPIONS at the XIV SLUG Track and Field campaign while Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanla was placed Runners-up.

We at MoraSpirit would like to congratulate every single athlete who tirelessly worked, sacrificed their time, and put in an unwavering effort to bring glory to their universities. We sincerely hope that they made memories to cherish a lifetime at the XIV SLUG 2023.


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