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Prashanth Sellathurai: Son of Sri Lanka born parents wins Gold medal for Australia at CWG

Oct 6, 2010 4:02:58 PM- transcurrents.com

Prashanth Sellathurai (DOB 1, Oct 1986) is an Australian gymnast; his parents migrated to Australia in 1983 from Sri Lanka.
He was part of the Australian Men's Gymnast team which won first Gold medal in Commonwealth Games 2010 in New Delhi, which was sealed by his performance on the rings, sources said.

Writing on the “cherished first-ever Commonwealth Games team gold medal victory for the Australian team”, Yahoo! Xtra Sports said: “World No.3 pommel horse specialist Prasanth Sellathurai closed out the triumph with a fine score of 14.9 while the English (256.75) struggled on the pommel horse.”


Prashanth Sellathurai in action on the pommel horse at the World Gymnastics Championships at the O2 Arena in London in Oct 2009. Source: AP

Report in The Australian:

Australian men's gymnastics team win first ever Commonwealth gold

By Margie McDonald, in Delhi From: The Australian

THE Australian men's gymnastics team claimed its first ever Commonwealth gold medal overnight with a win in the team's event at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex.

The team of Joshua Jefferis, Prashanth Sellathurai, Samuel Offord, Luke Wiwatowski and Thomas Pichler are now part of the sport's folklore becoming only the third nation to win this event after Canada has claimed it four times and England twice.

The Australians also turned silver from Melbourne four years ago into gold in Delhi.

"This is great for gymnastics history and a great way to start the Games,’’ Jefferis said.

It also became Australia's fourth gold medal of the opening day of competition and its first away from traditional stronghold, the swimming pool.

But it marked a magnificent first day for the Aussies since only eight medals were on offer across three sports – and Australia claimed gold in two of them.

The men's gymnastics team event comprises each athlete having to perform in the horizontal bars, floor, pommel, rings, vault and parallel bars with scores totalled to decide the placings.

England claimed silver and Canada bronze behind the proud Australians, who had to push on despite the pre-Games loss of champion gymnast Philippe Rizzo to injury.

"All this hard work has paid off. I'm so stoked,’’ Pichler said. [courtesy: The Australian]