Sri Lanka’s pole vault sensation Anitha Jegathesewaran failed to maintain her reputation as she painted a poor picture at the All-Island National School Games Athletic Championships which continued at the Bogambara Stadium in Kandy yesterday.

The 19-year-old athlete from Mahajana College Jaffana came into the limelight by creating a new Sri Lanka record in the Women’s pole vault event at the recent National Sports Festival worked off at the Duraiappah Stadium in Jaffna. However, this time she was completely off colour and managed to clear only 3.30 metres in the Girls Under-21 event in contrast to her record breaking performance of 3.41 metres at the National Sports Festival.

Even then, she had the satisfaction of winning the Gold Medal and also established a new meet record while erasing the previous best of 3.17 metres held by A. Pavithra of Arunodaya College Jaffna in 2014. Earlier, Anitha warmed-up for this event by securing the third place in the Girls Under-20 hurdles final. But she was completely disappointed of her failure in her pet event and later vowed to bounce back with an improved performance in her next outing.


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