Galina wins second gold and a silver to take Sri Lanka tally to eight medals
Sri Lankan Para Youth athletes increased their medal tally up to eight with swimmer Galina Basnayake once again clinching a gold and silver medal each yesterday at the Asian Youth Para Games held in Bahrain.
Galina the 16-year-old swimmer from Lyceum Wattala coached by Julian Bowling won the gold medals on the opening day from the 400m freestyle and yesterday won her second gold medal in 100m freestyle with a time of one minute and 12.09 seconds. Indonesian swimmer Harsanto Mutiara was placed with 1:16.16 seconds while Philippines’ Angel Mae finished third with 1:16.66 seconds secured silver and bronze medals at this event.
Galina once again put up a good fight to win a silver medal at the 100m butterfly event. She finished second with 1 minute 32.86 seconds to secure a silver medal while Indonesian Mutiara was placed first with 1:29.82 to take the gold medal and third place was won by Indian Sathija Devsansi with 1:35.57 seconds.
Earlier on day three, Sri Lanka’s Mohamed Safran won a silver medal in the Men’s T46 100m. He clocked 13.39 seconds. He is from Arakkala Muslim School, Kekunagolla. Janani Wickramasinghe who won 200m bronze on the second day secured another bronze medal in girls T47 100m with a time of 13.88 seconds. She is a student of Suradutha Balika Vidyalaya, Kuliyapitiya.
Earlier on day two, Jason Jayawardena of Gateway International School won Shot putt silver medal and swimmer Naveed Raheem won 400m freestyle bronze.
Sri Lanka’s medal tally is now eight and the best performance so far as the previous highest was five medals in 2013.
“Actually day by day youth para athletes come up with medals”, said National Paralympic Committee President Lt Colonel Deepal Herath. “We are very happy with youth talent and we can make a good second string team with them”, he added.