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Colombo Weightlifting Triumphs at Sri Lanka University Games After Decades-Long Drought

Anthony Diaz
Published by Anthony Diaz | Bodybuilding Coach
Last updated: September 14, 2023

The Sri Lanka University Games (SLUG) is a triennial event that brings together athletes nationwide. This year, Eastern University, Sri Lanka, hosted the 14th edition of the games.

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The University of Colombo’s Weightlifting team made a triumphant return to the SLUG 2023 Weightlifting competition.

The competition was held last September 2 and 3.

After a decades-long championship drought, the men’s team emerged as the champions, a testament to their grit and tenacity.

The women’s team also fought strongly, securing four bronze medals. Lihini Jayaratne, Dhanushi Pathirana, Ann Rodrigo, and Rusangika Chamodini all clinched the 2nd runner-up position in their respective weight categories.

The men’s team, on the other hand, bagged three gold, two silver, and two bronze medals. Pasindu Malawana, Ashen Wijerathne, and Sehara Sankaja all stood out with their record-breaking performances.

Malawana set new SLUG records for Snatch, Clean & Jerk, and Total in the Men’s 96kg category. Wijerathne and Sankaja also set new records in the Snatch lift under the Men’s 73kg and 102kg categories, respectively.

The university administration gave the team all the necessary training facilities. 

It is led by Vice Chancellor Senior Professor H.D. Karunaratne, Chairman of the Sports Advisory Board Dr. Kapila Bandara, and Acting Director of the Department of Physical Education Mr. Sanjeewa Jayasinghe.

The team’s success was also attributed to the support from the Instructors in Charge, Mr. Sujan Walgampaya, Mr. Kavindu Abeysinghe, and past lifters.

Ultimately, the University of Colombo’s Weightlifting team’s victory was a testament to their university’s hard work, determination, and unwavering support. It’s a story of triumph that will inspire many in the strength sports community.

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