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Nadeesha, Kalinga, Aruna through to 400m finals

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Nadeesha Ramanayake managed to secure a place in the 400m finals at the Olympic Sports Centre Stadium (Big Lotus) in Hanje yesterday and is hopeful of winning a medal at the Asian Games. Kalinga Kumarage and Aruna Darshana managed to book their spots in the men’s final of the event.

In the women’s 400m event, Nadeesha, who joined the second race of the preliminary round, finished second with a time of 52.67 seconds. There were three matches in the preliminary round and according to that Nadeesha got third place among 18 players.

In the men’s 400m event, Kalinga Kumarage, who entered the first round of the men’s preliminary round, finished the event with a time of 45.57 seconds and entered the final after coming first in that round, while Aruna Darshana, who entered the third preliminary round, finished third with a time of 46.07 seconds. Kalinga was in third place among 22 players, while Aruna was placed overall eighth. Two Japanese players are ahead of Kalinga with a time of 45.56 and 45.57 seconds.

The finals are scheduled to be held today (30), and accordingly, the women’s final will be held at 5.30 pm local time and the men’s final match will be held at 5.40 pm. Earlier, the men’s 400m semi-final had been planned, but the organizers later cancelled it.

Under the athletics competition, the women’s 200m preliminary rounds will be held at 7.10 am Sri Lanka time, and Rumeshika Rathnayake representing Sri Lanka is going to participate in this event. The semifinals of the event will be held at 5.05 pm and the women’s 1500m final at 5.50 pm. Gayanthika Ratnayake will compete in the 1500m event.

Golf

In the second round of the golf event, Nataraj Thangaraj finished 36th with a score of 141 and qualified for the third round. 41 players qualified for that round, and the other three Sri Lankan players did not qualify. Anura Rohana (46) and Mithun Perera (47) scored 145 points each and K. Prabagaran (60) also scored 150 points.

In the team event, Sri Lanka (431) missed out on entering the third round. The Sri Lankan team scored 213 points on Thursday, and yesterday’s score was 218 points. However, only the first 10 teams were able to qualify for the third round, and the Sri Lankan team, which was in 12th place on Thursday, fell to 13th place yesterday.

Cricket

Meanwhile, the Sri Lankan team led by Sahan Arachchige is scheduled to come to China tomorrow (1) to join the men’s cricket event.

India, Pakistan and Bangladesh joined Sri Lanka at the top of the ICC Women’s T20I rankings and will play in the quarter-finals of the cricket event. These 4 teams will compete with the best 4 teams out of the 9 teams competing in the preliminary round. The first match in which the Sri Lankan team will participate will be held on October 4 as the third match of the quarter-final round. The final matches for the medals of this cricket event will be held on October 7.

Lasith Croospulle, Shevon Daniel, Ashen Bandara, Ahan Wickramasinghe, Lahiru Udara (wicketkeeper), Ravindu Fernando, Ranitha Liyanaarachi, Nuwanidu Fernando, Sachintha Jayathilaka, Vijayakanth Viaskanth, Nimesh Vimukti, Lahiru Samarakoon, Nuvan Thushara and Isitha Wijesundara will join the team.

Hong Kong and Singapore won the matches held yesterday in the men’s preliminary round of the cricket event.

In the 5th match of this tournament held at the Zhejiang University Cricket Ground in Hangzhou yesterday morning, the Hong Kong team managed to record an easy 9-wicket victory over Cambodia, while Singapore won by 99 runs in the 6th match against Thailand. Today (30) is a rest day for the cricket event.

Esports

The Sri Lankan team participating in the Esports game participated in the battle to enter the final 8 teams of the Peace Elite event, and they won third place competing in the ‘D’ group. It took 1:00:41.767 hours for the Sri Lankan team to finish the competition, and with this, the Sri Lankan team lost the opportunity to join the semi-finals. Japan took first place in this category with a time of 52:47.697 minutes. They were joined by second-placed Indonesia in the last eight.

Raveen Wijethilake, the Manager of the team, said that the performance of the Sri Lankan Esports team, which joined this tournament for the first time, should be appreciated. The Sri Lanka Esports team included Chamuditha Dharmasiri, Mohammad Rizvi, Ramesh Fernando and Mohammad Riham.

China continue gold rush

Even before the end of the 6th day of the 19th Asian Games, the hosts China had managed to surpass 100 gold medals. South Korea was second and Japan was third, while India was fourth. Sri Lanka, which entered the medal table after 9 years by winning a silver medal, is currently in the 25th position.

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