Inter-Regiment Novices Athletic Championship 2005
Artillery Regiment, Women's
Corps 3 emerge champions
By M. Shamil Amit
The Sri Lanka Artillery Regiment with 183 points
and the Sri Lanka Army Women's Corps 3 with 213 points emerged champions
in the men's and women's category at the two day Inter-Regiment
Novices Athletics Championship concluded at the Sugathadasa Stadium
yesterday. Taking second and third places in the men's category
were the Light Infantry regiment with 127 and the Service Corps
with 103 points respectively while the Women's Corps 2 with 147
and the Women's Corps 1 with 104 points finished second and third
in the women's category.
championship involved 19 regiments comprising of 424 athletes in
the men's category five regiments comprising of over 75 athletes
in the women's category. In the two days as much as eight records
were broken, three on the first day and the rest yesterday.
three records established on the first day were two in the track
events and one in the field. The first record to be broken was in
the men's high jump where A.P.L. Amarasinghe of the Light Infantry
regiment went over a height of 1.90 metres to better the old record
of 1.85 set in 2002. The second record to be set was in the 4 x
100 relay by the athletes from the champion Artillery regiment sprinted
their way with a timing of 42.3 seconds eclipsing the time of 43.2.
last record of the opening day was in the men's 200 metres where
H.A.I.T. Fernando also of the Artillery regiment did a timing of
22.00 seconds to eclipse the record of 22.5 seconds. The race was
won by by H.A.I.D. Hettiarachchi of the General Service Corps with
a timing of 21.9 seconds but he was disqualified for having participated
in an inter-provincial meet earlier, athletes participating in these
meets are not allowed to enter the fray.
records set on the second day were in the men's 5000 meters by I.M,E.
Tennekoon of the Service Corps, men's pole vault by A.A.L.N. Wickaramasinghe
of the General Service Corps, men's 4 x 200 and 4 x 400 both by
the champion Artillery regiment and the women's shot putt by I.H.U.
Udayalatha of the Army 2 Women's Corps. Gunner W.J.I. Fernando of
the champion Artillery regiment was adjudged the most outstanding
athlete in the men's category while A. Pushpalatha of the Army Women's
Corps 1 regiment was adjudged the most outstanding women's athlete.