Thushen Silva, an Asian Youth Championship medalist representing Maris Stella College, set new meet in the Under-18 boys pole vault final at the All Island School Games, where six new meet records were established on the third day, held at the Sugathadasa Stadium on Wednesday.
Silva, competing in the Under-18 age category, cleared a height of 4.90 meters, setting a new meet record. He erased the previous meet record of 4.50 meters set by A Puvitharan from Hindu College in Chavakachcheri back in 2017.
Dhanajana Fernando, a student of Lyceum International School Wattala, had already established a new meet record in the girls Under-16 100m. On this day, she added two more feathers to her cap. In the Under-16 200m final, Fernando clocked an impressive 25.44 seconds, breaking the previous record of 25.47 seconds set by Sanjana Edirisinghe of President’s College Nawala in 2018. Not only that, but Fernando also anchored the 4X100m relay team from Lyceum International School Wattala to victory.
Their time of 49.08 seconds set a new meet record, erasing the prior record of 50.10 seconds, which was achieved by Walala A Ratnayake Central College in 2019.
Dilini Rajapaksha, another student from Lyceum International School Wattala, had previously broken (Tuesday) a meet record in the Under-14 Long Jump and went on to create history by setting a new meet record in the High Jump, reaching a height of 1.55 meters. This performance erased the previous record of 1.53 meters set by Kithmini Kumari of Gonigala Maha Vidyalaya Ibbagamuwa in 2019.
Don Mayon Chirath, a student from Prince of Wales College Moratuwa, left his mark in the boys Under-14 shot put final. He secured a gold medal with a remarkable throw that covered a distance of 15.13 meters. Not only did he win the gold, but his performance also erased the previous record of 15.03 meters, which was set by ARM Alman of An Noor National School, Batticaloa, in 2019.
In a sensational Under-20 boys 4X100m relay, St Mary’s College of the North Western Province made history by breaking a 13-year-old meet record. They clocked an astonishing time of 41.62 seconds, erasing the previous record of 41.93 seconds, which had been set by Maris Stella College Negombo in the 2010 edition.
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