blazes to gold
Shuying of China sets new record in pole vault
M. Shamil Amit
Susi go. Susanthika Jayasinghe (808) sprinting to win the
100 metres women's final at the IIVth Asian Track and Field
Championships at theSugathadasa Stadium yesterday. She clocked
11.29 secs. - Pic by Ishara S. Kodikkara.
gave Sri Lanka the first gold medal at the 14th Asian Athletics
Championships on the second day at the Sugathadasa Stadium yesterday.
This was in
the first final of the track events conducted in the evening session.
Sprint queen Susanthika timed 11.29 secs missing a fraction of a
second in establishing a new record which is 11.28 to the name of
Cui Danfeng of China. Her nearest rival Qin Wangjing of China was
way back with a timing of 11.56 secs and Perepelove Lyubou in third
place with a timing of 11.60.
Ranil filled with joy
President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumara-tunga and Prime Minister
Ranil Wickremasinghe both in Kandy last night sent warmly worded
messages to super sprinter Susanthika Jaya-singhe, hailing her
achievement in winning another gold medal for Sri Lanka. The
President had not been invited for the opening of the Games.
the reporters after the event was completed Susanthika said she
was confident of winning the race as she had no one to challenge
her.She went on to say that the wind was against her otherwise she
could have done much better but nevertheless,she said: "I am
happy that after so many years I was able to please my home fans
and win a gold medal. I value this medal more than an Olympic one
as it was achieved in frontof her home fans.I am grateful for that
and thank my coach Lakshman sir, for helping me in my practices
when I had to face so many problems".
in luck's way, the President of the AAA of Sri lanka Sunil Jayaweera
said that the Minister of Sports Johnston Fernando has made a request
to him to reward Susanthika for her performance and that the AAA
has decided to reward her with cash award of Rs 500,000.
A new Asian
Championship record was established in the women's pole vault event
when Gao Shuying of China leaped to a height of 4.20 metres eclipsing
the record of 4.00 metres jointly held by Peng Xiaoming of China
and Takayo Konda of Japan. Ono Masumi of Japan was in second place
with the same height and Margawati Pu Tu Desy of Indonesia third.
Saudi Arabia took the gold and bronze medal in the men's 100m dash.
The winner Al Safaar Jamal timed 10.43.
The winner Al
Safar Jamal timed 10.43 secs in second place was Chernovol Gennadly
of Kazakhstan with a timing of 10.50 secs and the favourite of the
race Al Yami Salem a close third of 10.52 secs.
The much looked
forward to event of the day the 400m men's final where Sri Lanka
was looking for its second gold from Asian championships record
holder Sugath Tilekeratne and Pradeep Kumara in the fray.The race
had to be stopped twice when in the first instance one of the participants
waved his hand and the other competitors stopped running and in
the second time the starters gun did not function.When the race
began Pradeep took the lead with Sugath in third position, in the
200m mark Sugath closed in but in the last 100m Sri Lanka's chances
of winning the gold was dashed when Alshammari Fawzi made a valiant
bid to take the race.Sugath was only able to win the bronze medal.
The hotly contested
event for the day was the final of the men's 3000m Steeplechase
with Qatar's Saifeldm Khamis Abdulla and Saudi Arabia's Al Asamari
Saad fighting out neck to neck eventually the Qatari pulled off
the race by in a close fight.The 4 x 100 men and womens relay event
went to Thailand and China with Sri Lanka never in the race.
display as CR & FC drub Havelocks 38 - 8
By Bernie Wijesekera
CR&FC had their own way when they outplayed arch-rivals Havelocks
SC by 38 points (a goal, five tries and two penalty goals) to 8
(a try and a penalty) in their Caltex League second leg match played
before a poor crowd at Havelock Park yesterday. At the turn around
the red shirts led 20-3.
In the first
leg CR won 42-9. Thus with an overall total of 80 to 16, CR regain
the Cmdr. Eustace Mathysz memorial trophy. The contest between two
pioneer rugby clubs was a much looked forward to event in the rugby
calendar, but sad to mention, it has lost much of its spectator
interest due to deteriorating standards in the local rugby circuit.
CR rested some
of their key players for next weekend's clash against unbeaten Kandy
SC. They played a controlled game giving some of their youngsters
the option of playing. With the kick-off CR scored off a penalty
put over by Zulfikar Halimdeen. Havelocks equalised with a spot-kick
put over by Tikiri Dissanayake. Winger Hamesh Gunaratne breached
the defence off a line-out for an unconverted try and CR led 8-3.
This was followed
by another try by flanker Dinesh Fernando to make it 13-3. Scrum-half
Champika Nishantha made a superb break for prop Shantha Rohana to
roll over. Halimdeen put over to lead 20-3 at the break. CR forwards
playing with authority made gaping holes in the Havelocks defence
to run over three tries to add more woes to the Park Club.