Promising sprinter Shehan Ambepitiya of Gateway College Rajagiriya continued to update the record books when he shattered his own meet record to win the boys under-20 200 m event in 21.48 secs. on the second day of the Sir John Tarbet Senior Athletics Championship which continued at the Sugathadasa Stadium, Colombo yesterday.
Ambepitiya lowered his record of 21.93 secs. which he set last year. Ambepitiya won the gold medal in the boys under 20 4X100m relay too when Gateway College relay team gave an excellent run to finish first, just a fraction below the record time.
St. Joseph s Balika MV, Kegalle showed their excellence in relay events when they accounted for two new meet records in the under 20 and 16 girls 4x100m relay events, finishing in style.
The Josephian girls clocked 49.90 secs. in the under 20 event to lower the previous record of 50.09 secs. held by Holy Family Convent, Colombo.
In the under 16 girls 4x100m event, they clocked 50.29 secs. lowering the previous record of 50.40 secs. held by the Girls High School, Kandy.
Charith Kapukotuwa, another athlete who deserves more attention, heaved the putt a distance of 15.99m in the boys under 20 Shot Putt. The Royalist shattered the previous record of 15.01m held by W.U.L.O.R. Perera of De Mazenod College Kandana five years ago.
The upcoming youth high jump star Nimesha Madushani Siriwardena of Galenbindunuwewa MV cleared 1.70m to equal the record for the girls under 16 high jump event. Lahiruni Herath of Devi Balika Vidyalaya had cleared the same height six years ago.
Today is the final day of the meet which will see a grand closing ceremony in the evenning.