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Yupun: Asia’s quickest sprinter roars again with Florence triumph

Yupun Abeykoon, Asia’s quickest runner within the 150m race and winner of a bronze medal within the Commonwealth Video games for the 100m dash, got here again sturdy after just about a 12 months lay off from aggressive athletics. On Saturday he triumphed within the 150m race on the Florence Dash Competition held in Stadio Luigi Ridolfi within the town of Florence, Italy.

Abeykoon, who lives in Italy, dashed around the end line in 15.19 seconds, leaving in the back of six Italian competition within the first ultimate race. He’s 29 years outdated and already holds the Asia file for the 150m race, which he set in 2022 in Italy.

On this race, Chituru Ali got here 2d with a time of 15.20 seconds, incomes the silver medal, whilst Mattia Donola took the bronze with a time of 15.74 seconds. All different contributors had been Italians, and the second one ultimate additionally featured Italian runners.

Abeykoon is a huge deal in Sri Lanka’s athletics scene, protecting nationwide information within the 100m, 150m, and 200m races. He neglected out at the ultimate Asian Video games because of accidents, however his comeback is a large morale spice up forward of the Paris Summer time Olympics later this 12 months.

Again in 2019, Abeykoon helped Sri Lanka win gold within the males’s 4 × 100m relay tournament on the South Asian Video games. He was once a part of the crew that set new nationwide and South Asian Video games information in that tournament.

Yupun Abeykoon, who made historical past as the primary Sri Lankan athlete to win a Commonwealth Video games 100-metre medal at Birmingham 2022, has been awarded a grant of Rs.36 million to improve his coaching for the Paris 2024 Olympics.

Having represented Sri Lanka within the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Abeykoon is aiming to compete within the 100m race on the 2024 Paris Summer time Olympics, scheduled from July 26 to August 11.

 

Sajeewa Jayakody

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