Sri Lanka’s athletic campaign fizzles out
Sri Lanka’s campaign in the XXII Commonwealth Games fizzled out as athletes Sarangi Silva (women’s long jump) and Olympian Sumedha Ranasinghe (men’s javelin throw) performed below par on the penultimate day of the competition in Birmingham on Sunday night.
Turkey-based Sarangi Silva finished in 13th place with a best effort of 6.07 metres in her third attempt after a no-jump in the first one and clearing 6.00 metres in the second one. Nigeria’s Ese Brume won the gold setting a Games Record of 7.00m.
Ranasinghe clinched 10th position with his best effort being 70.77m in his second attempt after clearing distances of 69.22m and 70.45m way below his season best of 82.18m. Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem won the gold with a Games Record of 90.18m.
After securing four medals in the Games, Sri Lanka were still reeling from disappearances of members from the Village which rose to double figures as of Sunday.
Officials disturbed by the unprecedented number of people decamping were still counting the number of missing persons ahead of the contingent’s return to Sri Lanka following the closing ceremony.
Having assembled the biggest contingent of 160 in the history of the Games, the numbers had whittled down after a total of 10 were reported absent.
Three men pugilists, two men beach volleyball players and a wrestler were the latest to perform the vanishing act. Significantly, the deserters comprise seven Army and three Navy personnel.
Australia retained their men’s Beach Volleyball title with victory over Canada in a thrilling battle at Smithfield.
Chris McHugh, who won gold four years ago, and his new partner Paul Burnett came through 2-1 against Canada’s Sam Schachter – who also won silver at Gold Coast 2018 – and Daniel Dearing.
Canada’s Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes successfully defended their Commonwealth women’s Beach Volleyball title with a 2-1 comeback victory over Australia.
The final, which was a replay of the one played at Gold Coast 2018, saw the Canadian duo get the better of rivals Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Taliqua Clancy for their second-successive Commonwealth final.
Australia celebrated a hard-fought 55-51 victory over Jamaica to clinch the Commonwealth Netball title.
The Gold Coast 2018 beaten finalists, who defeated defending champions England 60-51 in the semi-finals, were made to fight for the gold after Jamaica made sure the scores were level at 29-29 the midway stage.
Australia, who have won gold in four previous Games, won the penultimate quarter 16-12 and that deficit proved too much for their opponents, who could only hit back 12-10 in the final quarter to lose by four points.
Northern Ireland won three gold medals in the boxing afternoon session as they close in on the most medals ever won at a single Commonwealth Games.
They won 15 medals in Edinburgh in 1986 and three golds and a silver in the session saw them draw level with that total.
Aidan Walsh won gold in the men’s light middleweight with a unanimous points win over Tiago Osorio Muxanga of Mozambique.
Dylan Eagleson was also a unanimous points winner after he took gold with victory over Ghana’s Abraham Mensah who defeated Sri Lanka’s Rukmal Prasanna in the men’s bantamweight.
Amy Broadhurst scored a comprehensive points win over Gemma Richardson of England.
Carly McNaul, who beat Sri Lanka’s Keshani Hansika, was the fourth Northern Irish medal winner of session when she took home silver after a points defeat to India’s world champions Nikhat Zareen in the women’s light flyweight.
England won Commonwealth Games hockey gold for the first time as Australia were beaten 2-1 at Birmingham 2022.
Having assembled the biggest contingent of 160 in the history of the Games, the numbers had whittled down after a total of 10 were reported absent. Two men pugilists Vimukthi Kumara, and Sanjeewa Bandara Rajakaruna, two men beach volleyball players Ashen Rashmika, and Malintha Yapa, and wrestlers Suresh Chanaka Fernando and Sriyanthika Niroshini were the latest to perform the Houdini act. The others were judoka Chamila Dilani and manager Lt Cdr Asela de Silva, wrestler Shanith Chathuranga, and boxer Niklas Vittalis. Significantly, the deserters comprise seven Army and three Navy personnel.
Women’s Long Jump – Final
1 Ese Brume (Nigeria) 7.00 metres GR, 2 Brooke Bushchkuehl (Australia) 6.95, 3 Deborah Acquah (Ghana) 6.94, 4 Jazmin Sawyers (England) 6.84, 5 Lorraine Ugen (England) 6.60, 6 Ruth Usoro (Nigeria) 6.56, 7 Ackelia Smith (Jamaica) 6.55, 8 Filippa Fotopoulou (Cyprus) 6.47, 9 Christabel Nettey (Canada) 6.41, 10 Samantha Dale (Australia) 6.32, 11 Tyra Gittens (Trinidad & Tobago) 6.27, 12 Abigail Irozuru (England) 6.19, 13 Lakshini Sarangi Silva (Sri Lanka) 6.07
Men’s Javelin Throw – Final
1 Arshad Nadeem (Pakistan) 90.18m GR, 2 Anderson Peters (Grenada) 88.64, 3 Julius Yego (Kenya) 85.70, 4 Keshorn Walcott (Trinidad & Tobago) 82.61, 5 D.P Manu (India) 82.28, 6 Rohit Yadav (India) 82.22, 7 Cameron McEntyre (Australia) 79.89, 8 Alex Toroitich Kiprotich (Kenya) 77.93, 9 Chinecherem Nnamdi (Nigeria) 76.46, 10 Sumedha Ranasinghe (Sri Lanka) 70.77, 11 Joe Harris (Isle of Man) 67.91, 12 Lakona Gerega (Papua New Guinea) 63.46, 13 Donny Tuimaseve (Samoa) 63.14