* Sri Lanka Army war hero wins historic gold in Javelin Throw at Paralympics 2020 in Tokyo
Mon, Aug 30, 2021, 11:36 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
Aug 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army war veteran Dinesh Priyantha Herath made history by winning the first-ever Gold Medal for Sri Lanka in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games setting a world record in men’s Javelin Throw.
This is the first time in the history of Sri Lankan sports that Sri Lanka has won a gold medal at a major international sports event. Also, no one in the history of Sri Lankan sports has been able to set such a world record.
In his first attempt, Dinesh Priyantha reached the gold medal in the javelin throw with a distance of 62.58 meters, surpassing the distance of 62.26 meters set by Sandar Singh of India. Dinesh then set the world record in javelin throw in the Paralympic F46 category by throwing 67.79 meters in his third attempt.
The old world record was set by Indian athlete Devindra at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games with 63.97 meters and he won the silver medal with a distance of 64.35m today. Sandar Singh of India won the bronze medal reaching 64.01 meters. Dinesh Priyantha Herath won the bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.
Sergeant Dinesh Priyantha Herath sustained injuries in enemy fire on 16 December 2008 during the final stages of war and retired from Army on medical grounds at the age of 22.