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Manju Wanniarachchi emotionally overwhelmed by the victory (Photo: NDTV)

Manju Wanniarachchi Clinches Sri Lanka's First Commonwealth Gold Medal

Wed, 13 October 2010 09:49

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(NIDAHASA News) Sri Lankan boxing star Manju Wanniarachchi clinched Sri Lanka's first gold medal at the Commonwealth Games being held in New Delhi.

31-year-old Wanniarachchi bagged the gold medal in the 56kg weight category class by defeating Welshman Sean McGoldrick.

This is the first gold medal Sri Lanka clinch at the Commonwealth Games since 1938. Wanniarachchi also became the first boxing medalist for Sri Lanka in 60 years.

The emotionally overwhelmed Wanniarachchi could not hold back his tears after the historic win and his coach Dian Gomes said a lot of credit for the triumph goes to the time he spent training at the National Institute of Sports in Patiala with Indian coaches.

"It's a great victory for us after 72 years. It means so much for boxing in Sri Lanka. This is one of the greatest victories of all time." Wanniarachchi's manager Dian Gomes said

Wanniarachchi is a product of the Slimline Boxing Club that is part of MAS Holdings, which makes lingerie for a number of leading brands around the world. The boxer also works in the knicker factory.

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