Para Athlete Samitha Dulan vows to win Gold at 2024 Games | Daily News

Para Athlete Samitha Dulan vows to win Gold at 2024 Games

Samitha Dulan (right) with Coach Pradeep Nishantha
Samitha Dulan (right) with Coach Pradeep Nishantha

Sri Lanka’s Bronze Medallist at the Tokyo Paralympics Samitha Dulan vowed to win a Gold Medal for his country with a world record at the 2024 Games in Paris, France.

“This was my first international podium finish and winning a Paralympics Medal is a tremendous boost to my career.”

“I have already planned my next event which will be the Asian Games next year. But my final goal is to win a Paralympics Gold Medal in 2024 with a world record.”

Samitha Dulan in action

“I was certainly inspired to perform well after seeing Sri Lanka’s flag-bearer Dinesh Priyantha Herath’s record-breaking performance earlier in the morning.” “I had to compete with some of the world’s high-ranking para athletes. India’s S. Sandeep had a world record of 62.88m but he finished fourth with 62.20m and I was placed ahead of him with a personal best of 65.61m.”

“I was able to improve my personal best at three attempts in this event and was in contention for the Silver Medal until the last attempt.”

“But Australian Michal Burian came back strongly with a performance of 66.29m and I had to take the third place at the last minute.” “During my school days at Deniyaya Central, I was very keen to participate in throwing events including shot-put, discus throw and javelin throw and was the Games Captain at school.”

“Our PTI teacher Jagath (sir) and Manchanayake (sir) were my first coaches,” Dulan recalled his schooldays when he was a resident at Pallegama.

“When I joined the Military Police of the Sri Lanka Army in 2009 I had a chance to continue with javelin throw and my present coach Pradeep Nishantha gave me all the guidance to reach this standard.”

“I was severely injured following a motorcycle accident and at one stage I thought I won’t be able to continue with my sports career once again.” “However my wife Uresha Rangani always encouraged me to continue with my sports and my coach also influenced me to resume practices.”

“I went through a rehabilitation period after my injury and got the correct guidance from my coach to resume my practices and started my second journey as a para athlete.”

 


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