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Boxers beaten; race walker finishes last

Doha, December 7 – The climatic changes on this usually dry city could not make any impact on the Sri Lankan competitors as they continued their pathetic performances at the 15th Asian Games, on Thursday. In the women’s 20km Race walk Geetha Nandani was a big disappointment finishing last out of seven contestants with a time of 1:51.41 secs. However it was a double success for China as they claimed first two athletics gold medals on offer. Hang Yucheng won the men’s 20km title with a time of 1:21.41 hours while Liu Hong clinched the women’s title for China clocking 1:32.19 hours.

Sri Lanka’s expectation in men’s flyweight boxing too was shattered when Chamila Prasad was comprehensively beaten by Japanese, Katsuaki Susa in men’s 51kg flyweight bout at the Aspire Hall. The Lankan failed to score a single point in the first round where the Japanese lad led 15 points to nil and finally was knocked out 22 points to 2 in the second round.

The fate was no different for Wasala Wekadapola, Sri Lanka’s other quarter-finalist who fought with Uzbekistani player Dilshod Mahmudov. The final score read at 21 points to 1 when the referee stopped the bout.

In swimming it was yet again a disastrous performance. Heshan Unamboowe won the first heat of the men’s 50m backstroke clocking 28.57 secs. but was way behind the qualifying timing to earn a placing in the final round. Mayumi Raheem and Miniruwani in the women’s 50m butterfly heats finished last in their respective events. Miniruwani also finished last in the women’s 200m Individual Medley Heats.

Weightlifting was no better with Ranjith Kumara finishing on 11 positions with a total weight of 280kg in men’s 105kg category.

In the meantime, Senanayake Edirisinghe finished 45th 0ut of 49 in the men’s 25m Standard Pistol event with a poor aggregate of 516 points. Managla Samarakoon was 28th in the men’s 50m rifle 3 Position Final.

At the Doha Games rowing competition Sri Lanka’s Kanishka Jayaratne clocked 4:04.89 secs. to place first in the men’s lightweight single sculls final D ahead of Iranian, Kuwait and Qatar competitors who finished second, third and fourth respectively.

The men’s beach volleyball team enjoyed a fair share of success when they beat Qatar duo 2-1 in the men’s rank 13 match 29 at the Sports city Temporary venue yesterday. Having lost the first set 21 points to 23 Sri Lanka fought back in the final two sets to clinch the victory. -The Island


December 9, 2006 - Posted by | South Asia, Sports, Sports News & Opinion

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