|Birth name||Niluka Karunaratne|
13 February 1985 |
Galle, Sri Lanka
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Weight||65 kg (143 lb)|
|Badminton - men's singles|
Niluka Karunaratne (Sinhala: නිලූක කරුණාරත්න; Tamil: நிலுக கருணாரத்ன) (born 13 February 1985) is a Sri Lankan Olympic athlete. A badminton player, he was selected to captain the Sri Lankan contingent to the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Karunaratne, born in the coastal area of Galle, received his primary and secondary education in Dharmasoka College, Ambalangoda and Royal College, Colombo, where he won the Royal Crown in 2001. He currently holds a position in the banking sector as a bank employee.
2012 Summer Olympics
On 30 July 2012 Karunaratne defeated world eighth-ranked Kenichi Tago of Japan 2-0. Karunaratne defeated Tago 21-18, 21-16 in 44 minutes at the Wembley Arena in the Olympic men's badminton singles Group C at the 2012 Summer Olympics. The Associated Press quoted him as saying: "This is the biggest win in the history of Sri Lanka badminton". India's Parupalli Kashyap sent him out of the Games, in a closely fought pre-quarter match, in which critics observed the Indian was outplayed most of the match.
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- "I want to be among the best 10 in the world". Daily News (Sri Lanka). 2012. (interview)
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- Nazir, Muhammad Ahmad (7 July 2012). "Niluka Karunaratne stretches his winning run at OCBC US Open Grand Prix Gold". newspakistan.pk.
- "Karunaratne brothers giving Lanka a new high in badminton". The Times of India. 2 February 2010.
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