Dinesh Priyantha wins Sri Lanka’s first-ever silver at World Para Athletics Championship

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Para athlete and javelin champ Dinesh Priyantha has continued his impressive form from the Rio Paralympics Games to secure Sri Lanka’s first silver medal at a World Para Athletic Championship.

 Priyantha, with a distance of 57.93 meters, secured Sri Lanka’s first-ever silver in the F-46 Javelin Throw at the World Para Athletics Championships London 2017, beating Guo Chunliang of China, while India’s Guarjar Sundar Singh took the gold medal. 

 At the 2016 Rio Paralympics, Priyantha won Sri Lanka’s only medal when he took home bronze in the same discipline with 58.23 meters. Sergeant Dinesh Priyantha Herath is a retired disabled soldier from the Gajaba Regiment of the Sri Lanka Army. 

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