Akalanka Peiris wins three swimming trial titles
Champion swimmer Akalanka Peiris is coming back from his recent form after breaking into the world’s top 50 list in the men’s 50m and 100m backstroke, managing to continue his supremacy by winning three first places in the recently concluded first swimming selection trials at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium.
In the 50m backstroke, he clocked 26.38 seconds for a comfortable victory while in the 100m backstroke, former swimmer Peterite Peiris clocked 58.76 seconds, winning another gold medal. . He also won the 100m freestyle in 51.69 seconds.
The last Commonwealth Games held in 2018 in Gold Coast Akalanka Peiris, along with teammates Cherantha De Silva, brothers Matthew and Kyle Abeysinghe reached the men’s 4x100m relay final which made headlines as the first ever Sri Lankan team. lankan to have achieved this feat. Akalanka Pieris, 21, expected to improve her performance to achieve more success this year.
Meanwhile, national swimmers, Ramudi Samarakoon and Sandev Senaratne also performed well, with Sandev taking three 1st place finishes in the 50m butterfly (25.40sec), 100m butterfly (56.42sec) and 200m butterfly (2:13.18min) events.
Ramudi also had two first-place finishes in the 50m breaststroke (35.61s) and 100m breaststroke (1:19.66min) and a third-place finish in the 200m freestyle.
Ganga Seneviratne of Killer Whale Aquatics won the women’s 50m open backstroke in 32.05sec and the 100m backstroke in 1:07.71min. She also excelled in the 100m freestyle, winning the event in 1:01.49min. Ending a perfect weekend, she won the women’s 200m backstroke with a time of 2:28.47 min.
2022 is a busy schedule for swimmers. The two major competitions, the Asian and Commonwealth Games, will take place from July to September, while the Malaysian Open Swimming Championships (April), which will also be a qualifying event for the World Championships (May), will begin the international list of events. The FINA World Junior Swimming Championships, Asian Youth Games and FINA World Championships (25m) are also scheduled for 2022.