The 30th Olympics in London 2012 has officially started with the Opening Ceremony yesterday night in which Her Majesty the Queen declared open the games. Sri Lanka will participate in the Olympics for the 16th time this year and 7 athletes from Sri Lanka will compete in 4 different sports in 8 different events.
It should also be noted that Sri Lanka in 1948 (then known as Ceylon) when London hosted the Olympics previously won its first Olympic Medal when Mr.Duncan White won the Silver Medal in Mens 400m Hurdles event.
The following are the dates, times of the events the Sri Lankan athletes will participate in as the preliminary rounds (heats, qualifiers, group stages) and the finals of one event along with additional information about each event.
Womens Single Badminton – Thilini Jayasinghe
Group Match 1 – 29th July – 1.30pm SL Time - Complete
Lost against Ratchanok Intanon from Thailand 2-0 (21:13 & 21:05)
Group Match 2 – 30th July – 6.12pm SL Time - Complete
Lost against Telma Santos frm Portugal 2-0 (21:09 & 21:11)
Failed to Qualify for the next round after being ranked 3rd in the group loosing both matches.
Note – The Winner of this group progresses to the next round which the R16 round. To win a group, the contestant needs to win both their group matches.
Mens 100m Backstroke Swimming – Heshan Unamboowe
Heats – 29th July – 3.33pm SL Time - Complete
Failed to qualify for Semi Finals after timing 57.94 in the Heats.
Note – The top 16 swimmers from the 43 contestants in terms of timing will qualify for the semifinals.
Mens Single Badminton – Niluka Karunaratne
Group Match 1 - 30th July – 1.37pm SL Time - Complete
Qualified for the R16 Round after defeating Kenichi Tago 2-0 (21:18 & 21:16)
Note – The Winner of this match progresses to the next round which is the R16 round.
Mens 10m Air Rifle Shooting – Mangala Samarakoon
Qualifier Round – 30th July – 1.30pm SL Time - Complete
Failed to Qualify for the Finals after being ranked 45 in the qualifier round.
Note – The top 8 from the 54 contestants in the qualifier round will progress into the finals.
Womesn 100m Freestyle Swimming – Reshika Udugampola
Heats – 1st August – 2.30pm SL Time
Note - The top 16 swimmers from the 51 contestants in terms of timing will qualify for the semifinals.
Mens 50m Rifle Prone Shooting – Mangala Samarakoon
Qualifier Round – 3rd August – 1.30pm SL Time
Note – The top 8 from the 61 contestants in the qualifier round will progress into the finals.
Womens 400m Hurdles Athletics – Christine Sonali
Round 1 – 5th August – 11.30pm SL Time
Note – The winner from each heat will progress to the semifinal while the rest of the spots in the semifinals will be filled according to the fastest timing.
Mens Marathon Athletics – Anuradha Cooray
Finals – 12th August – 3.30pm SL Time
Note – There will be no heats for this event and participants are directly put into the finals.
The dates and timings given above are according to the information publicly available on the London 2012 Official Website. The times of the events may change slightly to accommodate any delays in preceding events.
If in any of the above events, the athletes progress to the next round of the competition, an updated post will be put up in our site with the dates and times of the next round event.
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