Weightlifting, one of the most attention grabbing sports in the SLUG event line up, concluded successfully showcasing the physical and mental strength of the young undergraduates of the country.
Weightlifting has a lengthy history as a sport. For many prehistoric tribes, the traditional test of manhood was the lifting of a special rock. Such stones, some with the name of the first lifter incised, can still be found in Greek and Scottish castles. The competitive lifting of stones still persists locally in Germany, Switzerland, the highlands of Montenegro, and the Basque region of Spain. In many such events the consecutive number of lifts within a given time period is used to select the winner.The competitor attempts to carry maximum- weight single lift of a barbell loaded with weight plates.
SLUG ’19 Weightlifting event consecutively took place for 2 days under various weight categories and all the 14 Universities participated and chased after the victory. This year’s SLUG Weight lifting Championship was special in several ways. One of the specialties was the introduction of the new body-weight categories.
Weightlifting event successfully came to an end on 4th of September at University of Ruhuna, the hosting University of the 13th Sri Lankan University Games (SLUG). University of Peradeniya showing it’s colors in the arena of Weightlifting crowned as the champions in the men’s weight lifting category.
Matches under the women’s category were also held successfully. In 87 kg women’s weight category, K.G Rangika of Sabaragamuwa University won the gold medal while M. Biruntha of Jaffna and W.A.C.K. Darmasena of J’pura placed the silver and bronze medals. In 81 kg women’s weight category, R.A.M.A H Dassanayake of Sabaragamuwa University won the second place last time, confidently won the competition beating her compatriot, D.M.S.H Dissanayake of Jaffna .
In 76 kg women’s weight category, R. Thitasenthni of University of Jaffna crowned as the winner.In 71 Kg women’s weight category, J.J.D. Payas of J’pura won the gold medal while G. Rajana of Jaffna and M.A.D.D Jayasooriya of Ruhuna won the silver and bronze medals respectively. In 45 kg women’s weight category, Sabaragamuwa became the winners under the S. Priyanka of Jaffna won the gold medal under 45 kg womens weight category. In 49 kg women’s weight category, Sabaragamuwa University recorded its victory in the 49 kg and 55 kg womens weight category winning both gold and silver medals. In 59 kg womens weight category,
V. Annauluxmy of Jaffna won the gold medal while B.H.M.C.J. Basnayake of Japura won the silver medal. Under 64 kg womens’s weight category J.M.C.L. Jayasundara of J’pura won the gold medal .
In Mens category, above 109 kg weight category, A.M.T.D. A .Atapattu of Ruhuna won the gold medal while Colombo Japura and Sabare won the other medals. In 109 kg weight category, L.G.H. Udara of Ruhuna won the gold medal and Kalpa Wickaramasinghe of Moratuwa won the silver medal. In 96 kg weight category, H.M.Azher of Pera won the gold medal while Udayanga of Colombo and M.K.D.V.Weerthunge of Moratuwa won the bronze medal. In 102 kg weight category, N.J.A.J.P.Jayasuriya of J’pura won the gold medal while Colombo, Ruhuna and Moratuwa grabbed the other medals . In 89 kg weight category, L.G. Walianga of Pera won the gold medal while P.P.B. Pathirana of Moratuwa won the silver medal.
In 55 kg men’s weight category H.M.D.R.Sampath of Kelaniya won the gold medal while Sabaragamuwa and Ruhuna won the silver and bronze medals respectively.
In 61 kg weight category, A.H.E Darshana of Kelaniya,D.T.H.D Jayarathna of Pera and E.G.C.R.Premasinghe of Ruhuna became the gold silver and bronze medallists at the end of the 61 kg category matches.
In 67 kg mens weight category,University of Peradeniya dominated their power with the victorious gold medal of H.M.K.Herath and silver medal of Premathilake. In 73 kg weight category, R.D.G.S. D Siriwardene of J’pura and A.T.A.Z.Soysa of Kelaniya won the gold and silver medal respectively. Under the 81 kg weight category, R.R.W.S. Rathnayake of Wayamba won the gold medal while D.A.P.K Silva of Peradeniya won the silver medal.
In men’s weight lifting category we were able to witness the great sportsmanship exhibited by the Sineth Ernaga Wimalasiri, the sports captain of University of Moratuwa and the captain of the weightlifting team. Even though he is physically injured, and was not able to participate in the event, he tried at his level best and stood up for his team and the university under the 102 weight category. He tried at his maximum with unbearable pain due to his injury and lifted 100 kg and yielded the 2nd runner up position, which was a touching moment for sports lovers, which emphasized that the real capacity of the sport lies in confidence.
The very competitive weight lifting tournament came to an end by crowning University of Peradeniya as the champions.
We, on behalf of perabeats wish good luck for all the competitors to become successful with their future endeavors as well.
Article by- Sri Ranjan
Edited by- Trishani Ranasinghe