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Sprint queen Susanthika to lead Sri Lankan Olympic squad

Colombo, Jul 25 (UNI) Sprint queen Susanthika Jayasinghe will spearhead the Sri Lankan challenge in the Olympics games scheduled to be held next month in Beijing.

The National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka announced that Susanthika will lead the Lankan contingent consisting of four women and as many men at the opening ceremony of the Bejing Games, Daily Mirror reported.

The Sri Lankan team will leave for Beijing on August 5.

Jayasinghe is the biggest hope for the island nation to win a medal at the quadrenial event.

Susanthika won a bronze medal in the 200m sprint at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 to become the country's first Olympic medallist since 1948.

Apart from that, the sprinter has also won a gold medal in the 200 metres event at the World Championships held Osaka last year.


Story first published: Friday, July 25, 2008, 17:37 [IST]
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