Two records were lowered and one meet record was equalled on the opening day of the Milo sponsored Sir John Tarbat Senior Athletic Championship commenced at the Sugathadasa Stadium yesterday.
Ruwan Gunasinghe of S. Thomas` College, Mount Lavinia impressed in the Under-16 boys` long jump erasing a ten year old meet record established by Ashan Randika Fernando of Joseph Vas College Wennapuwa ten years ago.
Fernando`s record of 6.64 meters was established in 1997 and that fell when Gunasinghe cleared a distance of 6.84 meters.
Later, Gunasinghe stretched his dominance to track events completing the Boys` Under-16 200 meter semi final in 23.8 seconds. Earlier he clocked 23.7 in the 200 meter heats.
Sonali Kumari Weerasekara of Sewamuktha Kandaura MV, Sewagama accounted for the other record to fall as she cleared a distance of 36.77 meters in Girls` Under-20 Discus Throw. Incidentally she erased her own record of 36.55 meters established last year.
N.T. Sandaruwan of Ratnayake MMV, Walala cleared a height of 3.70 meters in the Under-18 Boys` pole-vault to equal the meet record established by M.D. Madhuranga of Senanayake MMV, Madampe in 2003.
The participation of SA Games Gold medallist Dulanjalee Ranasinghe though stirred hopes of new records as she opted to preserve her energy after clearing a height of 1.68 to win the gold in Under-20 Girls` High Jump. The meet record of 1.75 is held by current Sri Lanka record holder Priyangika Madumanthi.