The First Gold Medal Won by China – Niluka The Best Local Performer

IOC JOC XXX11 Summer Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – 02nd Day

Tehani Egodawela was the first in action from Team Sri Lanka. This was in the Women’s 10 M Air Rifle event. She was placed 49th out of 50 who participated in the Qualifying Round at the Asaka Shooting Range, which is situated about 42 Kms from the Main Media Centre. She carded a gross total of 611.50 from 06 shots. The 02nd attempt was her best which was 103.80 points. Qian Yang won the Gold Medal establishing an Olympic Record. Since 1988 in South Korea, this is traditionally the event which has been awarded the first Gold Medal at the Olympic Games.

The youngest Team Sri Lanka member, Aniqah Gaffoor was next into the competition role. She took part in Heat 01 which was limited to just 03 in the Women’s 100 M Butterfly Stroke event at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre, about 08 Kms from the Main Media Centre. She was well below her best of 01 min. 04.58 sec, returning a time of 01 min 05.33 sec in Lane 05. She finished 32nd out of 33 swimmers in the Heats.

The last to be in action was Shuttler, Niluka Karunaratne in the Preliminary Group Stage in Men’s Singles at the Musashino Forest Sport Plaza, about 34 Kms from the Main Media Centre. The oldest member of Team Sri Lanka & the most experienced three time Olympian ( World Rank 114 ) had a tough opponent who was 10 years younger, taller & ranked 10th in the world. The Chinese Taipei opponent Tzu – Wei Wang won the first set 21 – 12 after he enjoyed a 11 – 02 lead in the early part. From 03 – 16 down, Niluka fought hard to get to 10 – 20 but the outcome was never in doubt. In the 02nd set, Tzu – Wei was much more aggressive from the beginning as Niluka recorded the first point after trailing 0 – 8. As he did in the previous set, Niluka fought hard from 06 – 18 to 12 – 18, but the attacking Tzu – Wei closed it at 21 – 15 to win the match 02 sets to 0. Despite losing, Niluka can consider not been disgraced, matching his much-experienced opponent in the latter stages in both sets of play.

Medal Tally :
  G S B Total
China 03 00 02 05
Japan 02 01 00 03
USA 01 02 03 06
Australia 01 01 01 03
Russian Olympic Council 01 01 01 03

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Report by Haritha Perera Photos by Thusith Wijedoru
Trip to Japan : Facilitated by NOC Sri Lanka
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