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Samitha Kodithuwakku sets F44 Javelin World Record in Para-Athletics!

At the 2021 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Sri Lanka announced herself with Dinesh Priyantha breaking the World Record for the F46 category in Javelin throw, while simultaneously earning the nation a gold medal. In the backdrop of his image, another para-athlete won the bronze medal in the F64 category for Sri Lanka. This other athlete has now stepped into the limelight with a new world record of his own: Samitha Dulan Kodithuwakku.

On the 29th of June 2022, Samitha Kodithuwakku achieved the World record for Javelin throw in the F44 category by achieving 66.60m. He achieved this feat during the National Para-Athletics championship held at the Sugathadasa Stadium, Colombo. The earlier record was by Michal Burian of Australia who reached 66.29m at the Tokyo 2021 Paralympics. Earlier, Samitha represented Sri Lanka at the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai and won fourth place.

Samitha was born in 1990 and was raised in the South. He completed his education at Deniyaya Central Collage and Rahula College, Matara. He was the son of an Army officer and his mother worked at the Agriculture Department. His day job is as a Corporal of the Sri Lanka Military Police, while also representing the Military Police Sports Club. He started his career in para-athletics after an injury to his right leg as a result of a motorbike accident. At school, he was an avid sportsman, but he didn’t let his injury dissuade him from pursuing sports. Ironically, if it weren’t for the accident, Sri Lanka would not have the joy of celebrating his world record-breaking performance and the glory he brought to the motherland along with it. The nation is taking giant steps in the field of para-athletics with Pradeep Sanjaya, Dinesh Priyantha and her latest son, Samitha Kodithuwakku.

Article by: Sachith Keragala | Faculty of Medicine

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