First Sri Lankan athlete to compete at the Youth Olympic Games 2018 (YOG 2018) Seniru Amarasinghe finished in 4th place in the men’s High Jump with a jump of 2.05m.
Held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the 3rd edition of the youth summer games is competed by the top ranked junior athletes of the world. Sri Lanka sent a team of 13 athletes which consists of a team of 4 track and field athletes.
High jumper Seniru Amarasinghe who entered the competition ranked 4th in the junior rankings for his personal best Jump of 2.14m did not manage to get into his usual stride as he only managed to clear a best of 2.05m.
Long Chen of China who was the top seed prior to the competition ended up at the top of the contest clearing a height of 2.13m. Arttu Mattila of Finland was placed second with a beat of 2.09m while Oleg Doroshchuk of Uzbekistan who also cleared the same distance was placed third.
The cold temperature in which the competition was held might have affected the performance of the athletes. However, the Sri Lankan athletes will have a second opportunity as this year’s competition is held in two stages with their performances in both stages taken into consideration for the final standings. The second stage of the Men’s High Jump competition will be held on the 15th of October at 0035hrs local time.