Rifle shooter Mangala Samarakoon narrowly missed a medal while table tennis players Rohan Sirisena and Ishara Madurangi won all their singles and mixed doubles matches as Sri Lanka came out with their best performance at the 16th Asian Games on day four today.
Samarakoon, competing in men’s 50m air rifle prone event, kept Sri Lanka’s chances alive until the final stages on a day which he maintained high accuracy with the targets. However, he was unfortunate to miss a medal, settling for the fifth place in the final standings.
Even then, Samarakoon was placed eighth after this morning’s qualifying round in advancing to the finals. That was mainly due to two unimpressive initial rounds, though he recovered quickly to fire perfect hundreds in the last two rounds in finishing with scores of 97, 98, 99, 98, 100, 100 to total 592. Occupying the first three slots after 55 competitors took part in the qualifying round were South Koreans Jonghyun Kim (596), Hakman Kim (595) and Jinseop Kim (594).