Yupun Abeykoon the only Sri Lankan athlete to get direct qualification for Tokyo Olympics
There are 1.9 billion people in South Asia. More than 24% of world population. 51% of them are male. And only one achieved olympic qualification in men’s 100M for Olympics. He is Yupun Abeykoon.
Italy based Sri Lankan sprinter Yupun Abeykoon is the only Sri Lankan athlete to get direct qualification for the Tokyo Olympics with his excellent performance in the100m. To be an Olympian is the dream of any athlete. Yupun is very proud of his achievement to reach the Olympic qualification. His dedication during the last 16 years paved the way for his success.
His achievement at the recently concluded Diamond League athletic championship was very vital to reach his position In fact he was the only sprinter to run below 10.20 seconds in the South Asian region. Being the first Sri Lankan athlete to run at the Diamond League Championship is also a great achievement.
“When the last Olympics was held in Rio in 2016 I had the opportunity to see that at my home and that time my 100m time was 10.58 seconds . However I got the determination to go the next major meet and work hard for that, I can’t forget my coaches at this time . Especially my present coach Claudio Licciardello gave me great support to come to this level and also really appreciate his work as well as Maurizio both always backed me to reach this level”
Abeykoon hails from Pannala and studied at Pannala National School and St Joseph Vaz Wennappuwa. Presently he is training at Fiammegialle Sports Center in Rome under the guidance of coaches Raparelli and Licciardello. Chamindu Sampath was his school coach until 2015.