Kotelawala Defence University SC’s S.I.B. Wijeyaratne and Moratuwa, Mayura Fitness Sports Club’s S.Mendis set new Sri Lankan recordS in the under 23 and 18 age 53kgs and 105kgs weight categories in the powerlifting, bench press competition while Sri Lanka Armys H.A.S.H. Hettiararchchi and Bandaragama SC sH.N. Himashi Nadeeka Amarasiri were crowned overall best lifters in the open 66kgs and 63kgs men’s and women’s weight class respectively in the all Island Open Bench Press Powerlifting Championship-2022 which was held recently at the Maithree Hall Bandaragama.
The above competitions were organized by the Sakthi Sports Club Wadduwa conducted by the Sri Lanka Powerlifting Federation under guidance of the leading powerlifting and weightlifting coach and instructor I.P. Nandasea. Events were held under women’s weight class 44, 47, 52, 57, 63, 72, 84 and above 84kgs men’s 59,66,74,83,93,105,120 and above 120kgs weight categories. approximately 100 players from all over the Island participated in this tournament.
Bandaragama Pradeshiya Sabha president Devendra Perera was the chief guest at the award ceremony and presented awards to the winners and also honoured the players who displayed their talents during this competition.
Men’s Open best lifter H.A.S.H. Hettiararchchi 125kgs. Sri Lanka Army SC
Under 23 men’s best lifter S.I.B. Wijeyaratne 82.5kgs. Kotelawala Defence University Sports Club
Under 18 men’s best lifter Oshada Induwara 70kgs. Moranthuduwa Suwasakthi SC
Under 18 best lifter K.M.I.G. Konara 40kgs. Monaragala Jayasinghe SC.
Under 23 best lifter L.C. Natasha Silva 50kgs.Wadduwa Pohodaramulla Life Fitness.
Women’s Open best lifter H.N. Himashi Nadeeka Amarasri 52.5kgs , Bandaragama Pradeshiya Sabha SC
All three of the above women’s best lifters have equalled the old Sri Lankan record.
Sri Lanka new bench press record holder’s
Under 18 men’s 105kgs weight class, S.Mendis Moratuwa Mayura Fitness Sports Club. (weight lifted 112.5kgs)
Under 23 men’s 53kgs weight class, S.I.B. Wijeyaratne Kotelawala Defence University Sports Club. (weight lifted 82.5kgs)