By Naushad Amit reporting from Nepal
Long jumper Sarangi Silva won a Gold Medal for Sri Lanka on the fourth day of the 13th South Asian Games (SAG) which continued in Kathmandu, Nepal yesterday.
Gold Medallist Sarangi jumped 6.38m to record her personal best en route to win the Women’s long jump, in which Sri Lanka had a double podium finish at the Dasharath Rangasala Stadium.
Sarangi was initially not in the starting list originally but was substituted at the eleventh hour for Vidusha Lakshani, who thad decided to focus only the Women’s triple jump.
Finishing behind Sarangi was her compatriot Anjani Pulwansa who cleared 6.11m.
Earlier, Kumar Shanmugeshwaran claimed the first medal of the day for Sri Lanka, with a Silver, in the Men’s 10,000m after a close battle with the Indian runner Suresh Kumar, who won the Gold Medal.
Shanmugeshwaran clocked 30:49.20s but was battling very close with the Indian, who went on to claim the Gold Medal after clocking 29:33.61s.
Vinoj Suranjaya de Silva claimed the Silver Medal in the Men’s 200m clocking 21.19s but failed to match up with Pakistan’s Uzair Rehman who clocked 21.15s to win the Gold Medal.
Meanwhile, Ishara Madurangi achieved a 41.29m throw in the Women’s discus throw to secure the Bronze Medal.
Other competitors who turned out for Sri Lanka failed to reach the top three but managed to reach their personal best timings.
Vinoj Suranjaya de Silva celebrates
Kumar Shanmugeshwaran reacts
SL fourth in medals table
Sri Lanka are fourth in the medals table with 69 medals -- 8 Gold, 23 Silver and 38 Bronze. India who had sat in second place for the first few days, behind Nepal have moved to the top with 70 medals, made up of 34 Gold, 23 Silver and 13 Bronze medals.