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Tuskers finish 14th after a brave fight 

After four losses in the group stage, the Sri Lanka Men’s Sevens team faced Zambia in the 13th place playoff semifinal. The Sri Lankans registered their first win of the Games and the scoreline read 27-14 in favour of Sri Lanka. With this win, Sri Lanka qualified for the 13th place playoff against Jamaica. This was the third win ever for Sri Lanka in Commonwealth Games Rugby; the first two came against Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago back in 2014.

The game against Jamaica was a close game, but at the end it was Jamaica who held their nerve to seal the win and secure the 13th place at the Commonwealth Games, while the Tuskers finished 14th out of 16 teams.

In the tournament, the Sri Lankans crossed the whitewash 16 times in six games. The highlight of the whole tour was the special try from Tharinda Ratwatte against New Zealand on Day 1. 

The Women’s sevens team for Sri Lanka failed to score a single try during the whole tour. They faced South Africa in the 7th place playoff once again, and South Africa scored 52 points while the Lankan ladies failed to find the try line. After losing all five days, the Women’s Rugby team ended as the 8th ranked team out of eight teams. 

Artistic gymnastics

Olympian Milka de Silva, Amaya Kalukottage, Kaushini Gamage, and Kumudi Abeyratne competed in Subdivision 3 of the Women’s Team Final and Individual Qualification event. Team Sri Lanka finished 10th overall among 11 teams. 

Milka de Silva qualified for the All-Around Final, but unfortunately could not finish owing to an injury. Ruchira Fernando finished in 16th place out of 18 finalists. 

Badminton

The badminton mixed team was comfortably beaten by India in their first encounter, but they managed to register a comeback win to seal their place in the quarterfinals, with a 4-1 win over Pakistan.

Sri Lanka were up against Malaysia in the quarters. The Malaysians came out victorious by 3-0. 

3×3 basketball 

Both Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Teams signed off the tournament with two more losses. The Women’s team were beaten by Australia 21-02 and the Men’s falling short by 21 points to 8 against Canada.

Beach volleyball 

Sri Lanka’s Men’s and Women’s Volleyball pairs were up against tough opposition. The Women’s duo were against Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Taliqua Clancy of Australia, while the Men’s team played against Sam Schachter and Daniel Dearing of Canada. 

Both pairs lost in straight sets. Malintha Yapa and Ashen Rashmitha lost 21/13, 21/12 respectively, while Deepika Bandara and Chathurika Weerasinghe lost 21/10, 21/12, respectively.

Weightlifting 

Past Commonwealth Medalists Chathuranga Lakmal and Indika Dissanayake unfortunately missed out on medals this year. Lakmal finished 5th in the Men’s 67 kg weight category, while Dissanayake bowed out with three failed attempts. 

Swimming 

In the last event for Sri Lanka in swimming, Ganga Senevirathne swam a 2:26.63 in Women’s 200 m Backstroke. She finished overall 10th in the preliminary round and she was placed as a reserve for the final. 

 

Tuskers finish 14th after a brave fight

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