The National High Jump champion Ushan Thiwanka based in USA has performed well once again, as he renewed the Sri Lanka Indoor High Jump record (2.27m) at the Lone Star Conference Track and Field Championship, in the USA in Saturday (26).
Thiwanka who is aim for next Asian Games as well as Commonwealth Games has been a leading competitor at the Lone Star Conference while producing his success two years in a row. Last year at the same event, Thiwanka renewed the Indoor National Record with a jump of 2.26m while this time he managed to better his height to finish first place and renewed the National Record at 2.27m.
He has shown good progress while jumping a 2.25m in an indoor event earlier this month, which was also his first meet of 2022 looking to improve more. He is holding outdoor high jump record with 2.30m. The 24-year-old former Maris Stella Negombo athlete who is presently having higher studies at Texas A&M University in USA received support and guidance from former veteran Sri Lankan high jumper Asian medalist Nagalingam Ethirveerasingam who also lives in the US.
Last year Thiwanka reached very close to qualify for the Olympics standard of 2.33m. He already had two National Records outdoor 2.30m and indoor 2.27m.
This year is turning out to be a great year for him and set for the upcoming Asian Games, scheduled to take place in Hangzhou China in next September as well as Bermingham Commonwealth Games.