Niluka Karunaratne

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Niluka Karunaratne
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Personal information
Birth name Niluka Karunaratne
Country Sri Lanka
Born (1985-02-13) 13 February 1985 (age 29)
Galle, Sri Lanka
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 65 kg (143 lb)
Handedness Right
Coach Louie Karunaratne
Badminton - men's singles
Current ranking 42
BWF profile

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.[1][2]

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.[3][4]

As of July 2012, he is ranked 48th in men's singles from the Badminton World Federation.[5] In 2012, the Sri Lankan Daily News called him "Sri Lanka’s undisputed badminton champion".[6]

2012 Summer Olympics[edit]

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".[7] 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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Olympic Games
Preceded by
Susanthika Jayasinghe
Flagbearer for  Sri Lanka
London 2012
Succeeded by