Sri Lankan sprinter Nadeesha Ramanayake won the Gold medal in the Women’s 400m event at the Asian Athletics Championship 2023 in Bangkok today.
The 28-year-old clocked a time of 52.61 seconds to finish first place in the finals of the sprinting event. On Wednesday (July 12), Ramanayake shone in the Women’s 400m Heats finishing first with a timing of 53.06 seconds.
It is after Damayanthi Darsha in 2000 Sri Lanka won the Women’s 400m Gold and after 2017 they won a Gold medal in any event of the Asian Athletics Championship.
Just before her event, both Aruna Darshana and Rajitha Rajakaruna couldn’t make it to the podium in the Men’s 400m final as they finished 7th and 8th places, a disappointing finish. However, they will run the 4x400m relays.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s Gayanthika Abeyratne and Nadeesha Lekamge on Wednesday secured two bronze medals at the 25th Asian Athletic Championship in Bangkok.
Abeyratne had won the bronze medal in the women’s 1,500-metre event, with a time of 04 minutes and 14.39 seconds, while Lekamge won the bronze medal in the women’s javelin throw, setting a new record for Sri Lanka with a distance of 60.93 meters.
At present, Sri Lanka is place at 6th in the medal table. Lakshini Sarangi will take part in the Women’s long Jump final tomorrow.