Manju wins gold for Lanka
Oct 13, 2010 8:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
Manju Wanniarachchi burst into tears. So did the team manager Dian Gomes. Tears of joy. He rewrote history books. Ended the 72 year long jinx in boxing after years of commitment.
The National anthem of Sri Lanka was played at the Tal Kotara Stadium in New Delhi yesterday.
That was the time when Manju Wanniarachchi won the first boxing gold medal for Sri Lanka at the Commonwealth Games after William Henricus did in 1938 Auckland games.
With massive support from spectators at the Tal Katora Boxing Stadium, Wanniarachchi did Sri Lanka proud by beating his tough opponent from Wales Sean Mc Goldrick in the Bantam Weight (56kg) category final. The points were seven all at the end of three rounds but the judges decided Wanniarachchi as the winner after the accepted total of scores read 16-14 in favour of him.