Isuru, Uththara establish new meet records in the 400 metres

Western Province Schools Athletics Championships

by Reemus Fernando

Sprinter Isuru Kaushalya emerged as the strongest contender for the best athlete’s award in the boys’ category of the Western Province Schools Athletics Championships after setting a new meet record in the Under 20 boys’ 400 metres on day three of the event at the Sugathadasa Stadium on Tuesday.

The athlete from Ananda Sastralaya, Matugama clocked 47.4 seconds to establish a new meet record in the Under 20 boys’ 400 metres final yesterday. He was the firm favourite for the title after clocking a notable sub 47 seconds feat at the recently held Sir John Tarbat Senior Athletics Championships.

With his notable performance, Kaushalya became the first athlete in history to have clocked sub 48 seconds in the 400 metres at these championships.

The World Junior Championships (2021) participant was also the winner of the 200 metres of that age category as he clocked 21.4 seconds to win on Sunday. He was also among the favourites for the 100 metres title after qualifying for today’s final with a feat of 10.9 seconds. He has not competed at national level in the 100 metres and might skip the final to make space for a specialist sprinter to take a place on the podium.

In the Under 20 girls’ 400 metres Jayeshi Uththara of Holy Cross College, Gampaha slashed more than a second off the existing meet record to win her pet event. Uththara who has turned tables on her senior counterparts at national level competitions won the title with comprehensive ease as she clocked 55.9 seconds to win.

In the Under 18 boys’ 400 metres, Thurstan’s Salamuthu Jayathilaka clocked 48.6 seconds to win, while Shehani Wijetunga of Ave Maria Convent Negombo won the first place in the corresponding girls’ event with a feat of 58.4 seconds. She was also the winner of the 200 metres on Sunday.

Shalomi Rashni of Lyceum Wattala won the Under 16 girls’ 400 metres in a time of 59.9 seconds. Oshada Jayamanne won the Under 16 boys’ 400 metres for St. Benedict’s when he clocked 51.1 seconds.

The results of other events held yesterday were not available for media.

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