Sri Lanka’s Anil Prasanna Jayalath Yodha Pedige found success in the first of four events he is participating in at the 2016 IPC Athletics Asia-Oceania Championships in Dubai by winning gold in men’s T42 200m and setting a new Asian record of 25.11.
Sri Lanka claimed a second medal in the six deep field when Buddika Indrapala ran a time of 27.50.
The silver medal was won by Japan’s Atsushi Yamamoto in a time of 21.61. Yamamoto holds the Asian record in the 100 meters, which he set at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships. He also holds the Asian record in the long jump, a record of 6.36 meters which he set at a meet in Canberra, Australia last month.
Thailand’s Tawatchai Morapat finished fourth in the men’s T42 200 meter race in a time of 30.37. Saudi Arabia’s Abdullah Alfifi finished fifth in a time of 32.94. Afghanistan’s Mohammad Naiem Durani finished last with a time of 37.74.
The 2016 IPC Athletics Asia-Oceania Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is one of the last major competitions ahead of the Rio 2016 Paralympics Games.
Held between 6-12 March 2016, the competition is attracting around 300 athletes from almost 30 countries.