25th December 2016 20:15:03 Hours
The induction of the first-ever triathlon game, involving Swimming, Cycling and Running simultaneously over various distances continuously took place on Thursday (29) on the banks of the Chandrika lake at Embilipitiya.
The competition was organized by the Army Athletic Committee on the directions given by the Commander of the Army.
Major General Amal Karunasekara, Chairman, Army Athletic Committee graced the sports event as the Chief Guest and was welcomed by Colonel C. Nishantha Ranaweera, Secretary to the Army Athletic Committee at the commencement of the sports event.
This tripartite game was comprised of the 500 m swimming event, 20 Km cycling event and the 5 Km running event for both men and women sport persons. However, the women’s swimming event was restricted to 250 m, cycling event to 10 Km and the running event to 3 Km.
A total of 93 Army personnel took part in the triathlon representing sportsmen and sportswomen of 10 Regiments in the Army.
The championship of the event was secured by the Sri Lanka Engineers and the Runners-up was the Gemunu Watch. Each of those two teams consisted of 10 sportsmen and both teams received trophies from the Chief Guest.
3 individual acts adjudged as the best performance in each event of Swimming, Cycling and Running received medals as tokens of appreciation of their achievements in the first trial competition of this new introductory attempt.
A triathlon is a multiple-stage competition, involving the completion of three continuous and sequential endurance disciplines. While many variations of the sport exist, triathlon, in its most popular form, involves swimming, cycling, and running in immediate succession over various distances.
The competition was organized with a view to moulding a distinctive team of sportsmen for the Army sports pool to grip the challenges of any future eventualities in the sport arena.