08 NADEEKA LAKMALI
 

 
 
She is a Lance Corporal in the Sri Lanka Army and deadly with the javelin. Nadeeka Lakmali is another of the islandís Olympians, who will be competing on the field in her pet event: the javelin throw.

It is an honour for Lakmali, who is the first Sri Lankan woman to be shortlisted for taking part in the field events for the Olympics. Lakmali is a product of Kahaduwa Maha Vidyalaya, Elpitiya, who excelled in sports. Her interest for the javelin throw was evident from an early age, and her talents were sharpened by the school coach Manjula Mohotti: ultimately, Lakmali won the Under-15 Javelin Championship at the Junior National Meet held in Galle in 1995.

Competing at the National Sports Festival in 1999, Lakmali was spotted by Brigadier Palitha Fernando, who extended the youngster an invitation to join the Army. Upon finishing her schooling, Lakmali did precisely that, becoming part of the Sri Lanka Army in 2000. It served as a turning point in the young womanís career.
 


At the Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Athletic Meet held at the Sugathadasa Stadium in 2007, Lakmali broke the national javelin throw record of 56.20 m held by Anne Maheshi de Silva of the Sri Lanka Navy by achieving an impressive distance of 58.48 m. Lakmali also competed at a number of international games, including the SAARC Games in Pakistan in 2005 and the
Asian Games in Korea. At the 2007 Asian Championship in Jordan, Lakmali bagged a bronze medal before earning three gold medals in 2008 at the SAARC Games in Cochin, India and the Open Championship in Thailand and Taipei.

Currently training under coaches B.M.G. Bandara, A.J. Rajaguru and Major General Palitha Fernando, Lakmali has been working extremely hard in the run up to the Olympic Games.
 
 

 

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