Sri Lanka wins Another medal at Tokyo Paralympics as Dulan wins bronze

Sri Lanka wins Another medal  at Tokyo Paralympics as Dulan wins bronze

Sri Lanka’s Samitha Dulan Kodithuwakku has won the Bronze medal in the Men’s Javelin Throw - F46 – event at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. This is Sri Lanka’s second medal at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. Earlier today, Sri Lanka’s Dinesh Priyantha Herath set a new world record in the Men’s Javelin Throw F46 event and picked up the gold medal. It was Sri Lanka’s first-ever gold medal in Paralympic Games history.

Kodithuwakku took third place with a personal best of 65.61 meters while India’s Sumit Antil secured the gold medal with a World Record throw of 68.55m.

Australian Michal Burian picked up silver in the Men’s Javelin Throw (Sport Class F64) with a throw of 66.29m.

Kodithuwakku had placed fourth for the men’s javelin throw F64 in the World Para Athletics Championships 2019. 

Kodithuwakku is a Corporal attached to the Military Police of the Sri Lanka Army. 

Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army General Shavendra Silva, on hearing the Sri Lankan Paralympian’s achievement, congratulated him over the phone a few minutes ago, the Sri Lanka Army said.

The Bronze medalist Corporal Dulan Kodithuwakku has earlier participated in Asian Para Games in Indonesia 2018, World Para Games 2019 in Dubai and National Para Games.

He joined Sri Lanka Army on 5th December 2009 and he is a native of Deniyaya.

Meanwhile Seargent Dinesh Priyantha Herath who won the Gold medal at Tokyo Paralympic Games, has been promoted to the rank of Warrant Officer 1 by Army Commander General Shavendra Silva with the approval of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the Defence Secretary.

Sergeant Dinesh Priyantha Herath made history by winning Sri Lanka’s first-ever Gold Medal in the Paralympic Games.