Sat. Sep 19th, 2020

by Reemus Fernando

Italy based sprinter Yupun Abeykoon shattered the Sri Lanka National record and the South Asian men’s 100 metres record, utilizing glimpse of dream to end more than two decades of wait on a Sri Lankan champion to operate in an Olympics in the appealing sprint event.Former Pannala National School and St. Joseph Vaz College professional athlete clocked 10.16 seconds to break Himasha Eshan’s nationwide record at a champion in Germany where he beat a host of German sprinters to win the 100 metres rush on Tuesday.Congratulatory massages were a galore in the social networks from midnight Tuesday as the track and field fraternity took stock on the abilities of a 4 × 100 metres relay team at regional worldwide level and Abeykoon’s own possibilities of getting the quadrennial event.In an interview with The Island Abeykoon thanked each who had actually helped him reach where he is today and worried that making Olympic accrediting requirements was his objective.< img src =",%20" alt="" width=" 450" height=" 343"/ > He said that he lost out on 2 months of training due to Covid-19 pandemic and started training in July. His two coaches Maurizio Raparelli and Claudio Licciardello had prepared techniques to asses his strengths this season and he was reaching the peak.He had stayed in Italy for 5 years now and had devoted his time totally for training while his expenses had in fact been bone by his mother and fathers.” I would like to thank those who assisted me on my way

to achieving the across the country record. My coaches, my parents, Gen. Palitha Fernando, the president of Sri Lanka Sports who had in fact remained in continuous contact

,” stated Abeykoon. “I was congratulated by the new Sports Minister in the early morning. It is the first time that I got any interaction from the Ministry. I hope country’s athletes will get the important support.” “From now on I will target obtaining Olympic qualifying standards,” stated Abeykoon.The 25-year-old had really produced a notable accomplishment days ago before smashing the nationwide record developed by Eshan last year.With Abeykoon now inching closer to the difficult

Olympic certifying mark, pressure will be on house based professional athletes like Eshan, Suranjaya and Yodasinghe to make the uncommon berth.” This pressure will help Sri Lanka improve requirements in the 100 metres and we will be able to field powerful relay

groups for around the world events,” Sri Lanka Sports statistician Saman Kumara informed The Island.Incidentally, Abeykoon who was put 3rd behind Himasha Eshan and Vinoj Suranjaya at the National Championships in 2019 produced outstanding effectiveness ahead of the last South Asian Games. Sri Lanka Sports had taken a policy decision to feature simply the winners of the National Championships for personal celebrations of the regional Games hence he

could not consisting of in the 100 metres. He was selected just as a member of the relay group for the South Asian Games where he anchored the group to gold.A Sri Lankan 100 metres sprinter has actually not contended at an Olympics considered that the previous champs, Asian Games medallist Sriyantha Dissanayake in Barcelona 1992 and Chinthaka de Zoysa in 1996 Atlanta Olympics represented the nation. There had in fact been a few national sprinters, who had actually given much hope early in their professions however the ever boosting requirements throughout the Bolt-dominated period

made the country wait for more than quarter of a century. With the World Sports raising the qualifying requirements for the 100 metres rush to difficult 10.05 seconds for the postponed Tokyo occasion, very few specialists could bank on a Sri Lankan sprinter for the sought after berth. Today with Abeykoon showing signs of vast enhancement under a foreign coach, regional authorities are left to keep their fingers crossed at the possibility of winning a 100 metres location for Olympics.Abeykoon who left for Italy after his education was coached by Chaminda Sampath Weerasinghe when he was at Pannala National School and St. Joseph Vaz College. Source

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