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Herath eyes back-to-back Paralympic medals in Tokyo

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 Samitha Dulan

“I got the chance to train during the last few days with my coach and got acclimatised well to the conditions and my target is to win a medal,” Herath said yesterday.

A total of nine competitors will vie for honours in this event with Herath having the third best performance of 61.84m.

India’s Gurjar Sundar with a personal best of 64.11m is on top of the list while his countryman Devendra is in second place with a performance of 63.97m.

Incidentally, Devendra holds the Paralympic record and the world record for this event following his effort of 63.97m at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Priyantha representing the Gajaba Sports Club won the Gold Medal at the 2018 Asian Para Games with an effort of 61.84m and also bagged the Silver Medal at the World Paralympic Championships in Dubai, UAE in 2019.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s Samitha Dulan and Sampath Hettiarachchi will compete in the Men’s javelin throw F64 event.

Dulan has a personal best of 58.38m while Hettiarachchi has a personal best of 59.32m. Dulan represented the country at the 2019 World Paralympic Championships in 2019 and secured fourth place.

Source DailyNews
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