Another Bronze won by Dulan Kodithuwakku.
Dinesh Priyantha Herath Mudiyanselage hit three birds in one stone at the Olympic Stadium today (30 August) when he claimed gold, broke the world record and won Sri Lanka’s first-ever gold medal in Paralympic Games history.
The 35-year-old stormed to gold when he threw 67.79m in his third attempt which broke a previous world record set by India’s Devendra. Meanwhile reigning Rio 2016 champ Devendra claimed silver after making a best throw at 64.35.
“I am very happy because my main dream came true. I have no words to describe (the feeling),” said Priyantha, who kissed the Sri Lankan flag after claiming victory.
“This is the best example for Sri Lankan para athletes,” the 35-year-old athlete added.
Whilst this is a historic achievement for all Sri Lankans, there is one person that Priyantha dedicates this gold to: his wife
“I have three children and my wife looks after them very well. She motivates me. Our youngest child is only eight months old. My wife has done everything. She has given me freedom to do sport. I thank my wife for this gold.”
Meanwhile, Dulan Kodithuwakku of Sri Lanka won a bronze medal in another javelin throw event (Sports Class F44) today. The distance he recorded was 65.61 meters as his personal best performance.