ECONOMYNEXT – In a day of firsts for Sri Lanka, Dulan Kodithuwakku won the bronze medal for javelin throw in the F64 category Monday (30), hours after Dinesh Priyantha Herath won gold and set a new world record in javelin throw in the F46 category.
This is the first time Sri Lanka has won double medals in the same event in the same year.
Kodithuwakku throw was measured at a personal best of 65.61.
The other medal winners in the Men's Javelin Throw – F64 are in…#Silver for Michal Burian of #AUS, with a new WR of 66.29 in his category F44!#Bronze for Dulan Kodithuwakku of #SRI, with a PB of 65.61!
— Paralympic Games (@Paralympics) August 30, 2021
The category Kodithuwakku competed in is F64 and those who fall under category T61-64 are defined to have impairments in “lower limb/s competing with prosthesis affected by limb deficiency and leg length difference”, according Paralympic committee.
Kodithuwakku had been in a car accident, the Paralympic committee said.
Amazing day for SL as we win another medal 👏👏
Samitha Dulan Kodithuwakku wins the Bronze Medal in the Men's Javelin throw F64, the second medal for Sri Lanka at the Tokyo #Paralympics . We will celebrate with you. Well done Dulan !!👊 pic.twitter.com/9YTAdPWMQS
— Mahela Jayawardena (@MahelaJay) August 30, 2021
The F46 category or T45-47, in which Dinesh Priyantha Herath competed, covers “upper limb/s affected by limb deficiency, impaired muscle power or impaired passive range of movement”.
So far the island has won four medals in the Paralympics games since 2012 London Olympics; namely, three bronze and one gold as of today. (Colombo/Aug30/2021)