Seven new records at Sports Festival

By P.D. de Silva

Seven new games records were established at the 21st Southern Province Sports Festival conducted at the Uyanwatte Stadium in Matara last week. Chief Minister Shan Wijelal de Silva was the Chief Guest at the awards ceremony.

Overall champions Galle District receiving their trophy from the Chief Minister Shan Wijelal de Silva. (Pic by O. D. de Silva)

Galle District won the overall championship with 312 points while Matara was placed second with 185 points. Hambantota took third place. Chanuka Eranga de Silva of Matara District was adjudged the best male athlete while W.K.L. Nimali of Hambantota District who established two meet records in the 1500 meters and 400 meter hurdles events was adjudged the champion female athlete.

The new meet records established at the meet were:
Javelin (Men) – D.S. Ranasinghe (Galle) 64.72 m; 1500 (Men) G.H. Chamal (Hambantota) 3:53.0; 5000 M (Women) – Gayanthika Thushari Atygalla (Hambantota) 16:55.7; 400 M Hurdles (women) – W.K.L. Nimali (Hambantota) 4: 29.1; Long Jump (Women) – R.W. Iresha Maduwanthi (Galle) 5.99 m; High Jump (Women) – L.G.A. Tharanga Vinodhini (Matara) 1.69 meters.

Galle District won the overall men’s athletic championships with 96 points pushing Matara District to second place with 64 points.
Hambantota was third with 14 points.

Hambantota District took the overall women’s athletic championship with 76 points.
Galle District won the following team events: Kabadi (Men and Women); Cricket (Softball) Men and Women; Swimming (Men and Women); Gymnastics (Women).

Hambantota District won the men and women’s volleyball events whileMatara District won the men’s Gymnastic event.

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