Para-athlete Palitha Bandara wins silver at Commonwealth Games 2022

Palitha Bandara Herath

Sri Lanka’s Palitha Bandara won Silver in the Men’s Discus Throw (F42-44 / 61-64 category) Para Athletics event at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham, England on Thursday morning.

The 30-year-old threw 44.20 metres in his fifth and penultimate attempt, marking his personal best.

Bandara, who is an army corporal attached to Sri Lanka National Guard, wrote history as the first Sri Lankan to win a medal in para-sports at the Commonwealth Games.

Meanwhile, Welsh para-athletes Aled Davis and Harrison Walsh won the gold and bronze medals, respectively.

Bandara’s impairment falls under F42 category due to the impaired functioning of his muscle above his left knee.

He participated in a combined event for categories F42-44 and F61-64 in which Raza points scoring system, a method in Paralympic athletics field competitions for comparing throws or jumps by athletes of differing levels of disability, is used to calculate points. The performances are converted to point scores by a formula which accounts for the athletes’ classifications.