Sri Lanka succeeds in winning a Gold Medal on the penultimate day of the 19th Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.
Sri Lankan Boxer Manju Wanniarachchi threw everything at his Welsh opponent Sean McGoldrick to clinch the gold medal, in a closely contested Bantam weight bout, at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. Throughout the fight Wanniarachchi unrelentingly and aggressively chased after McGoldrick, forcing the action. After finding himself trailing 5-6 at the end of the second round, the Sri Lankan launched a flurry of punches at his temporarily dazed opponent to take a single digit lead, before Mcgoldrick recovered to level things at 7 all. Despite both men continuing to throw bombs at each other, the score was to remain locked as the fight drew to an adrenaline fuelled conclusion. After careful deliberation by the judges Wanniarachchi was awarded the win, much to the undoubted joy of his legions of fans in Sri Lanka, who have cause to celebrate now that the country has secured its first gold medal of these Games.
It is after 72 years that Sri Lanka has succeeded in winning a golf at Games. It was Bani Hendricks who won a gold for Sri Lanka at the 1938 Games in Sydney and in 1950 K. Albert Perera succeeded in bagging a silver in boxing.
Soon after hearing that Manju had done Sri Lanka proud by winning the Gold, President Rajapaksa made a personal call to him and extended his warms greetings