Army Para Games Priyantha establishes new national record

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By 2017-11-23

By Karuppiah Ramakrishnan

Paralympics medal winning javelin thrower Dinesh Priyantha Herath established a new National Record with a throw of 61:61 meters on the opening day of the Army Para Games at Diyagama Stadium yesterday.

The 30-year-old Sri Lankan erased his previous record registered at the Paralympics held at Rio last year. K.G. Ekanayake secured second place with 53.59m while Mihindu Kurukulasuriya was third with 40.41m.

First ever Paralympic medal winner Pradeep Sanjaya also produced a good performance in the T45/46/47 category long jump and won the Gold medal with a mark of 5.84 meters in the final, while K.A.A. Kumara with a 5.68m jump finished second. CTH. Pushpakumara was third jumping 5.55m.

In the wheel chair 200m (T53) event J.A.M.P Jayakody won the gold medal in a time of 21:02 seconds. R.M.G. Ratnayake finished second in 21:89 sec while M.R. Ratnayake was third clocking 22:10 sec.

A total of 700 disabled servicemen; from across 11 Regiments are battling for top honours in 12 disciplines at the Army Para meet. In the T12/13 200m Nalin Kumara won the Gold medal in 26.11 secs, while M.K Somasiri (28.10 secs) and N.V.A. Wickramapala (29.84 secs) secured second and third places.

Sri Lanka Army athlete Pradeep Sanjaya was the first to win a Para-Olympic medal when he sprinted away to a bronze in the 400m at the 2012 Para Olympics, while Dinesh Priyantha won a bronze medal at the 2016 Para Olympic Games in the F40 Javelin Throw.

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