Ratnayake’s 11.72 second run is the best performance by a Lankan woman sprinter after legendary Susanthika Jayasinghe. The 19-year old schoolgirl from St. Joseph’s Balika Vidyalaya in Kegalle ran in her first senior international meet yesterday at the Wuhan track and the young girl is aiming for more.
Earlier, she came close to her previous personal best, clocking 11.87 in the heats of the women’s 100 metres, held in the morning. She came in second and was ranked eighth among the semi-finalists’ list which was headed by Japan’s Fukushima Chisato of who clocked 11.46 seconds.
The Lankan lass will run in the ninth lane in today’s final this afternoon and she hopes to better her personal record. “I think I did well. I am really happy that I could run a 11.72 in my first international senior meet. I was hoping to get close to the 11.6 mark. The track and the weather is challenging but I hope to do my best at tomorrow’s final. This meet is a great experience for me. I must specially thank my coach Mrs Nanda (A D Nandawathi),” the young schoolgirl said.