Sahan dazzles with 10.89 - Western Province Schools Athletic Championahips
|Extract from the Ceylon today, of 2015-07-10|
A young sprinter from St. Benedict's College, Kotahena, Sahan Thenuka Rajapaksha dazzled with a record breaking 10.89 seconds performance on the final day of the Western Province School Games, 2015 concluded at Diyagama yesterday.
The 15-year-old sprinter amazed the spectators with his performance in the 100m as he even clocked a better time than qualifying standards for the IAAF World Youth Athletics championship which is 10.90 sec.
Rajapaksha trained under veteran sprinting coach ID Premasiri, can be categorized as the best young sprinter in making who also won the under-17 best athlete award. His time is the fastest of the meet as well as the best time in 100m this year by a school sprinter apart from Himasha Eashan. Rajapaksha returned to the track a few minutes later to set another record in the 4X100m relay as their under-17 team comprised of Shiran Angelo, Supun Nimansa and Yohan Silva clocked 43.20 seconds in the relay to set a new meet record.
Ben's sprinter Supun Nimansa clocked a record breaking 49.04 seconds in Under-17 400m.
Nimansa had already clocked 49.05 seconds at the concluded john Tarbat athletics championship which was below the required qualifying standards for the IAAF World Championship.
However, he was not selected due to the AASL decision to send only four medalists of the Asian youth athletics championship to the world show piece.
Ben's continued their sprinting superiority in the under-17 category as Avishka Ratnayake clocked 14.93 seconds in the under-17 110m hurdle to equal the meet record while their 4X400m relay team clocked 3 minutes 22.60 seconds to set a new meet record.
However, Maris Stella Boys College and Ave Maria Convent both from Negombo clinched the champion boys and girls school awards respectively.
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