Damayanthi Dharsha

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Damayanthi Dharsha
Medal record
Women's athletics
Asian Games
Bronze 1994 Hiroshima 200 m
Gold 1998 Bangkok 200 m
Gold 1998 Bangkok 400 m
Gold 2002 Busan 400 m

Damayanthi Dharsha-Kobalavithanage (born 13 February 1975) is a retired Sri Lankan athlete who competed in the 200 and 400 metres.

Dharsha made an initial impact at just 16 years when she won the 100 metres gold medal at the Colombo SAF Games in 1991 with a new record. She broke into the limelight by winning the 100m gold at the Asian junior championships the same year.

In 1994, she won the bronze in the 200 metres behind Chinese Taipei’s Wang Huei-Chen and team-mate Susanthika Jayasinghe at the Asian Games in Hiroshima. That was the beginning of a dominant period for Sri Lanka in women’s sprinting with Jayasinghe and Darsha seriously challenging the Chinese.

In July 2007, Dharsha announced her retirement from athletic competition.[1]

Achievements[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Sri Lanka
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 29th (qf) 200 m 23.89
1993 Asian Championships Manila, Philippines 2nd 200 m 23.29
1994 Asian Games Hiroshima, Japan 3rd 200 m 23.61
1995 World Championships Edmonton, Canada 38th (h) 100 m 11.65
28th (qf) 200 m 23.45
1997 World Championships Athens, Greece 22nd (qf) 400 m 53.49
1998 Asian Championships Fukuoka, Japan 1st 400 m 51.23
Commonwealth Games Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 4th 400 m 51.06
Asian Games Bangkok, Thailand 1st 200 m 22.48
1st 400 m 51.57
2000 Asian Championships Jakarta, Indonesia 1st 200 m 22.84
1st 400 m 51.05
Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 23rd (qf) 400 m 51.13
2001 World Indoor Championships Lisbon, Portugal 12th (sf) 200 m 24.00
400 m DNF
World Championships Edmonton, Canada 10th (sf) 200 m 22.88
19th (sf) 400 m 51.83
19th (sf) 4x400 m relay 51.83
2002 Commonwealth Games Manchester, United Kingdom 14th (sf) 200 m 24.18
22nd (sf) 400 m 53.91
8th (h) 4x100 m relay 43.89
Asian Games Busan, South Korea 1st 400 m 51.13
2003 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 24th (h) 400 m 54.61
Asian Championships Manila, Philippines 3rd (h) 200 m 24.13[2]
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 38th (h) 400 m 54.58
2005 Asian Championships Incheon, South Korea 1st 200 m 23.21
2006 Commonwealth Games Melbourne, Australia 16th (sf) 200 m 24.22

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The Hindu Sportstar Weekly, July 7, 2007: "Darsha calls it a day"
  2. ^ Did not start in the final.