|Born||Sriyantha Subashan Abeysekara Dissanayake
3 April 1969
Colombo Sri Lanka
|Education||Nalanda College Colombo|
|Known for||Champion Sprinter|
Early life and education
Sriyantha was a champion athlete during his school days at Nalanda College Colombo in the late 1980s. He became national champion at the age of eighteen and went on to win this honour 6 more times.
Sriyantha Dissanayake won a silver and a bronze medal in 1990 Asian Games in Beijing and brought pride to Sri Lanka. In the 1991 South Asian Games held in Colombo he won gold medals in both the 100 metre and 200 metre events. In addition, he gained two more gold medals and a silver in the 1993 South Asian Games in Dhaka. Sriyantha also represented Sri Lanka in athletics at the 1992 Summer Olympics held in Barcelona, Spain.
He is arguably the best male sprinter to come from his island being the only Sri Lankan athlete to have won a 100 metre medal in the Asian games.
Sriyantha Dissanayake is Sri Lanka's first ever recipient of Duncan White award on 1 March 1991 presented by Duncan White himself.
In 1992, he was awarded the title of Deshabandu for services to his country by the late president R. Premadase.
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