ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s javelin thrower Dinesh Priyantha Herath has won the island’s first gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics, setting a new world record, international reports said.
This is Sri Lanka’s first ever gold medal at a Paralympics event.
No one can beat that – Herath Mudiyanselage takes gold for Sri Lanka 🤩 #ParaAthletics#Gold Dinesh Priyan Herath Mudiyanselage #SRI (WR)#Silver Devendra #IND #Bronze Sundar Singh Gurjar #IND @ParaAthletics #Tokyo2020 #Paralympics https://t.co/EEwxLstfn7
— Paralympic Games (@Paralympics) August 30, 2021
Herath had previously won a bronze for the same event in 2016 at the Rio Paralympic Games.
Monday’s throw of 67.79 metres has set a new record in men’s F46 javelin throw category.
Herath served the Sri Lanka Army during the island’s civil in which he was wounded in action, reports said.
Sri Lanka has so far has won two bronze medals at previous Paralympic games. The first was at the 2012 London Paralympic games for the men’s 400 metres (T46 category) by Pradeep Sanjaya.
Congratuations flowed in from political leaders and others.
Congratulations to Dinesh Priyantha Herath who won the 1st Gold medal for #SriLanka in a Paralympic. He has set the new world record in the F46 men’s Javelin Throw, recording a distance of 67.79 metres. #Tokyo2020 #ParalympicsTokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/TaOsX7GtnO
— Mahinda Rajapaksa (@PresRajapaksa) August 30, 2021
My heartiest congratulations to Dinesh Priyantha for the world-record breaking Gold Medal win in the Javelin Throw event at the Tokyo Paralympic Games 2020. You made mother Sri Lanka proud! pic.twitter.com/pRq6shHrTq
— Sajith Premadasa (@sajithpremadasa) August 30, 2021
Congratulations to javelin thrower Dinesh Priyantha Herath for winning a gold🥇medal and breaking the world record! He became Sri Lanka’s first ever gold medalist at the #Paralympics. What a spectacular performance! #ParalympicsTokyo2020 #GoSriLanka 🇱🇰
Video – @Paralympics pic.twitter.com/b6658fzP6y
— U.S. Embassy Colombo (@USEmbSL) August 30, 2021
What a stunning throw!
Congratulations to Dinesh Priyantha Herath for 🥇and a new #WorldRecord
Truly Asian proud!pic.twitter.com/RpwZFRu5g3
— Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka (@ChinaEmbSL) August 30, 2021
Congratulations Dinesh Priyantha on creating history at the Tokyo Paralympic Games 2020! He sets a new World Record in the F46 Javelin Throwing event with 67.79m and wins the Gold Medal. A very proud moment for all Sri Lankans.🥇🇱🇰 #ජයගමු #SriLanka #Paralympics #lka pic.twitter.com/UEEk7ARthh
— Namal Rajapaksa (@RajapaksaNamal) August 30, 2021