Pune: Having stunned Asian Championship gold
medallist Zhang Peimeng to win the short dash at the first leg
of the Asian GP here, Shehan Abeypitiya now aims to do well in
the forthcoming Asian Games to be held in Guangzhou, China
from November 12-27.
The 20-year-old Sri Lankan, coached by former Olympian
Sunil Gunawardene, yesterday clinched the 100m gold in a
photo-finish with Babakat Al Harti. Both of them clocked
"It was a great win for me as the condition was not well
after the rains and thundershowers. Moreover, I had an upset
stomach but I did not let my confidence down. I was determined
to do well in my favourite track," Abeypitiya said.
Two years ago, Abeypitiya had achieved his personal best
of 10.43s at the Commonwealth Youth Games here at the Shiv
Chhatrapati Sports Complex and had made the meet memorable by
clinching 200m and 4x100m gold medals.
"That was the best year of my career. But this has been a
good start to the season with a gold at the South Asian Games
in Dhaka earlier," Abeypitiya said.
"The Asian GPs will give me a nice experience competing
with the Asian champion Peimeng among few others. I hope to do
well in the Asian Games in China later this year as the Delhi
Commonwealth Games will be a bit tougher.”
"There will be participants from Jamaica making the dash
one of the tough events. I hope to make the finals at least,"
he said before heading to Bangalore.
The next two legs of the Asian GP will be held in
Bangalore (June 5) and Chennai (June 9) respectively.