Weightlifter Isuru Kumara wins Sri Lanka’s first medal – The Island


Commonwealth Games 2022

Dilanka Isuru Kumara won Sri Lanka’s first medal at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham when he clinched bronze in the men’s 55kg weight class by lifting a total weight of 225kg in the men’s weightlifting competition on Saturday . Malaysian Bin Kasdan Mohamad won the gold medal with a record weight of 249 kg and Indian Sanket Mahadev Sargar settled for silver by lifting a weight of 248 kg.

Dilanka’s second lift of 105kg in the snatch and first lift of 120kg in the clean and jerk earned him bronze ahead of England’s Ben Hickling who had a total weight of 212. The 25-year-old won made valiant attempts in his second and third attempts trying to lift 137 and 141 kg respectively to defeat his Indian counterpart but could not execute them perfectly.

Apart from the gold and silver medalists, Dilanka was the only athlete to lift more than 100 kg in the snatch. However, Dilanka’s total weight of 225kg was lower than his recent performance of 238kg at the Singapore Weightlifting International where he won bronze to qualify. for the Commonwealth Games. Meanwhile in cricket, Alice Capsey’s 44 laid the foundation for England to go home by five wickets against Sri Lanka in the opening match of the Commonwealth Games T20 tournament.

Katherine Brunt set the tone for Sri Lanka’s innings after England went first by taking a wicket with the very first ball of the match. Two wickets each for fellow sewers Issy Wong (2-11) and Freya Kemp (2-14) helped hasten the demise, with three wickets from spinner Sophie Ecclestone helping limit Sri Lanka to 106 for nine from 20 overs . The target never seemed out of reach for the hosts in Edgbaston, but Sri Lanka made it interesting with spinner Inoka Ranaweera taking three wickets. However, 17-year-old Capsey showed maturity beyond his years to help the home side to victory with just under four overs to spare.

Sri Lanka captain Chamari Athapaththu opted to strike first after winning the toss but his side were one without a run on the board when Brunt had Vishmi Gunarathne lbw trapped for a golden duck. Wickets then fell at regular intervals during the Sri Lanka innings and it was Ecclestone who struck next, reacting quickly for Hasini Perera to be caught and thrown for 17 in the sixth over, followed by left arm Kemp claiming a wicket first ball two overs later by clean bowling Athapaththu (10).

In response, England slipped to 63-4 on a tricky surface under the lights, fly-half Wyatt (5) and Sophie Dunkley (17) falling to Oshadi Ranasinghe (2-20) followed by Sciver (17) becoming the one of Ranaweera’s three victims. But Capsey assured there would be no danger England would miss the target with a swift 44 from 45 before being baffled by Ranaweera (3-29) with victory in sight.


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