Jul 10, 5 months ago

Nimali and Gayanthika Claim Gold and Silver at Asian Championship

Nimali and Gayanthika Claim Gold and Silver at Asian Championship

22nd Asian Athletics Championship 2017 Women’s 800m final: The disqualification of 21-year-old Archana Adhav saw Sri Lankans Nimali Wirawasha and Gayanthika Thushari claim gold and silver in a dramatic final.

After favourite and defending champion Tintu Luka, leading at the bell, pulled out with exhaustion after 500m, it was left to Archana Adhav’s steely determination to challenge the Sri Lankans.

Asian Grand Prix winner in Taipei earlier this year, Gayanthika pushed into the lead just after the first lap but spent much energy in doing that.

Nimali took the lead on the back straight and Archana, bronze medallist in the Asian junior championship three years ago, made her move on the home stretch, passing Japan’s Fumika Omoro and catching up with the Sri Lankans.

There was some drama in the final 40m or so, leading officials to spend time looking at replays before announcing the result of the race, first with the Indian as winner and later disqualifying her.

© SPORTSINFO | sportsinfo.lk | Source | athleticsasia | Photo – ceylonathletics

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