Sanjaya Jayasinghe, most valuable athlete receiving his award from the chief guest P.H.D. Waidyatilaka
As many as 86 new meet records were established at the annual championships of the Masters Athletics Sri Lanka (MASL) held at the Sugathadasa Stadium last weekend.
A record number of nearly 1000 athletes participated in the two day competition. This included 100 athletes from India. The Indian Team manager had stated that the number would have been more if not for the Easter Sunday incident.
The meet was also the final trial for the forthcoming Asia Masters Athletics championships to be held at Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia from 2 to 6 Dec. 2019.
Over 200 athletes from Sri Lanka participated at the previous AMA championships held in Rugao, China in 2017 and won 32 Gold, 37 Silver and 47 Bronze medals. MASL is planning to send more than 300 athletes for this meet and hope to bring in a larger haul of medals from Sarawak.
The chief guest was P.H.D. Waidyatilaka, Adviser Foreign Relations of MASL, International Technical Official and International Lecturer of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
The winners of the Challenge trophies are as follows.
Mr. & Mrs. P.H. Amaradasa Waidyatilaka Memorial Challenge trophy for the most valuable athlete was won by Sanjaya Jayasinghe (M35) who established a new meet record with a distance of 15.02m in the Triple Jump.
Mr. & Ms. David Hettiarachchi Memorial Challenge trophy for the best athlete of the meet – SanjayaJayasinghe
Lt. Col. C.S. Fernando Challenge trophy for the best performance track (Men) – J.H.P.D. Silva (M35) – 110m Hurdles 16.3 sec.(New meet record.)
Mr. Senani Bogahawatte Challenge trophy for the best performance track (Women) – Harshani Jayakanthi (W35)- 100m – 13.0 sec.
Mr. & Ms. Ivor WijethungaMemorial Challenge trophy for the best performance Field (Men) – Sanjaya Jayasinghe
E.P. Rupasinghe Memorial Challenge trophy for the best performance Field (Women)- L. Nadeeka Lakmali (W 35) Javelin Throw. 49.90m (New meet Record)
Ms. E.S.J. Gunasekera Memorial Challenge trophy for the best performance Men (M 55) – F. Jerrard Fernando Discus Throw.- 33.10m (New meet record)
Dickman Guruge Challenge trophy for the best performance Women (45) – K.M.T.K. Bandara Long Jump 3.99m
Dr. Waruna Fernando Challenge trophy for the best performance Men (35) – Sanjaya Jayasinghe