Susanthika Jayasinghe`s re entry into the international track after a lapse of two years ended in sheer disappointment as the Sydney Olympic Games bronze medallist was pushed into the second place in the first leg of the Asian Grand Prix Series meet worked off at the National Stadium in Bangkok here Thursday.
However Rohan Pradeep Kumara and Sampath Amarasekera kept the Sri Lankan flag flying with a pleasing performance in the men`s 400 metres event where they came first and second respectively.
Susanthika Jayasinghe finished second with a time of 23.45 seconds in the women`s 200 metres event. Speaking later she said that she will be returning home immediately without competing in the last two events to be staged in Bangalore on May 22 and in Pune, India on May 26.
The 30 year old Sri Lankan sprinter said that she felt a severe pain in her left hamstring and did not take a risk by accelerating during the last 50 metres of the race. She added that the bad weether here in Bangkok was not the exact reason for a failure but was still happy with the timing considering the fact that she was running in a major event after a lapse of two years.
She said that she is quite happy to compete at this meet but decided to skip the remaining two meets to concentrate more on the South Asian Federation Games and the Asian Games both to be worked off during the latter stages of this year. Khubbieva Guzel won the women`s 200 metres event with a timing of 23.29 second and Zhu Juanghong from China was placed third.
Meanwhile Rohan Pradeep Kumara powered his way to win the men`s 400m event with a timing of 45.81 seconds and Prasanna Sampath Amarasekera came second with a timing of 46.42 seconds. Li Guangjin of China was placed third with a timing of 47.27 seconds.
Sri Lanka`s Harijan Ratnayake had to be satisfied with the fourth place in the men`s 400 metres hurdles event with a timing of 52.94 seconds. Winner of this race was Meng Yan from China who clocked 49.86 seconds. He was followed by Yevgeniy Meleshenko of Kazkhastan (50.04) and Joseph Abraham of India (59.89).
In addition Menaka Wickremasinghe was pushed into the fourth place in the women`s 400 metres with a timing of 56.52 seconds. This event was won by Olga Tereshkova of Kazakhstan with a timing of 53.53 seconds.
Meanwhile newcomer Umanga Sanjeewa Surendra competing in an Asian Grand Prix series for the first time was placed sixth in the men`s 100 metres dash with a timing of 10.66 seconds. Yongyi Wen from China came first clocking 10.30 seconds.