SLUG Track and Fields 2023

SLUG Track and Fields 2023

Sri Lanka University Games took to the track and fields at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium with a yearning of 4 years for the enthusiastic athletes from universities all around the island to showcase their talents and skills. Without a doubt it was a day full of excitement. It, being the first day of the track and field championships, didn’t stop it from coming up with some heated actions. 8 meet records being broken, existing records being matched and a number of personal best records, marked a high expectation for the coming days.


One of the records came along with the Men’s pole vault event with K.W.G.J.L.B Wimalasena of University of Sri Jayewardenepura gaining the gold with a New Meet Record of 4.35 m. It was V. Rukshan of University of Jaffna who claimed the silver with a Personal Best Record of 4.00 m. K.K.R.N Abeyrathna of Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka claimed the gold of the Women’s Long Jump event, with a leap of 6.03 m. M.A.B Nilmini and K.H.N Megawarna placed themselves in the silver and bronze medal positions, both from University of Sri Jayewardenepura. The Men’s Javelin Throw competition reached to a conclusion with W.C.J.O Fernando of University of Vavuniya claiming the gold, G.H.J Chandira of the South Eastern University of Sri Lanka in the silver and R.M.L.D Ranasinghe of Rajarata University of Sri Lanka in the bronze positions. The Women’s Discus Throw marked the victory for A.M.C.I Athapaththu of University of Sri Jayewardenepura with a record breaking throw of 38.82 m. It was S. Shankavy from University of Colombo and W.P.S Malsha of Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka who claimed the Silver and Bronze.


While the track events were unfolding, the field events were equally exhilarating. R.P.W.T Sathasarani claimed the gold in the Women’s 400 m Hurdles event, with K.M.M.W.M.L.K Wathupola of University of Peradeniya coming in for the silver and S.H.T.N Samarasinghe of Sabaragamuwa University claiming the bronze. The Men’s counterpart of the 400 m Hurdles ended with a New Meet Record from B.P.Punsara from University of Sri Jayewardenepura at 54.07s. Y.S.H.Kolambaarachchi of University of Kelaniya and P.G.S.S.Nawarathna of Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka were able to claim the Silver and Bronze. B.S.L Mendis of University of Kelaniya achieved the gold, while D.D.Y Dahanayake of University of Jaffna claimed the silver and M.A.N.H Fernandi of University of Sri Jayewardenepura claimed the bronze in the Women’s 200 m final. The Men’s version came to a conclusion with a New Meet Record from R.R.D Ranathunga of Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka with a time of 22.27 s. A.W.N.M.K.S Nishantha of University of Colombo came in for the silver and R.H.P.S Rajapaksha of University of Peradeniya came in for the bronze, in the event.


Going back to the field events, in the Women’s javelin throw it was Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka who marked their dominance claiming both the Gold and the Silver through A.M.I.M Aththanayake and W.M.J.M Weerakoon. H.K.R.N Kodithuwakku of University of Sri Jayewardenepura claimed the bronze. W.I.K Piyasiri of Sabaragamuwa University leaped for the gold in the Men’s Long Jump with L.C Kumarasiri of University of Sri Jayewardenepura and Y.M.K Yasa Sri of University of Ruhuna claiming the silver and the bronze. With an existing meet record matching jump, H. Chandrakumar of University of Sri Jayewardenepura marked her victory in the Women’s High Jump (1.59m) with the duo of G.Y.T Dinushika and N.W.H Dulmika of Sabaragamuwa University claiming the silver and the bronze. The Men’s Discus Throw witnessed another Meet Record breaking throw, with the throw of 42.49 m from N.P.L.K Pathirana of University of Sri Jayewardenepura, where the duo from University of Moratuwa, M.I.D Perera and M.D.M.N Appuhamy won the silver and the bronze.


The day came to a conclusion with the final track events. R.M.W.G.S.H Rathnayake of University of Peradeniya came in for the gold in the Women’s 200 m with B.W.N Sewwandi of University of Sri Jayewardenepura placing in the silver and W.A.M.R Wijesuriya of University of Kelaniya making in the bronze. In the Men’s version of the 800 m race, W.M.T.G Thennakoon came in for the gold, while W.G.I.L Jayathissa of Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka achieved the silver and H.M.A.G Bandara of University of Sri Jayewardenepura achieved the bronze. Two of the most awaited events of the day, the Men’s and Women’s 4 x 100 m Relay ended in the favor of Sabaragamuwa University, surprisingly both with New Meet Records with 42.25s and 48.78s, respectively. Even more so, University of Sri Jayewardenepura came in for the silver - reaching their Personal Best Performances in both events with 42.83s and 48.91s, respectively, and University of Peradeniya came in for the bronze in both events.


As the final two events of the day, the Women’s 5000 m event came to a conclusion with B.W.N Sewwandi of University of Sri Jayewardenepura claiming the gold with a New Meet Record (19:46.73). W.A.M.R Wijesuriya of University of Kelaniya came in for the silver (Personal Best Record of 19:48.12) and H.M.B Ashmika came in for the bronze for University of Sri Jayewardenepura. In the Men’s 5000 m race, N.B.A.C.P Madhubashana claimed the gold for Sabaragamuwa University with M.P.S Sampath being in the silver medal position for University of Sri Jayewardenepura and S. Nirmal achieving the bronze for University of Jaffna.


Stay tuned for the exciting actions from the second day of the Track and Field campaign of Sri Lanka University Games 2023. We as MoraSpirit are ready to provide you with the live coverage of the action from Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium. More excitement is yet to come.






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