- Sri Lankan Gold Medalist in Tokyo Paralympics promoted
Sri Lanka Army’s Sergeant Dinesh Priyantha Herath setting a World Record with a distance of 67.79 metres in the Javelin Throw event won the Gold Medal in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Sergeant Herath from the Gajaba Regiment sustained injuries in 2008 at Kilinochchi during the fight against LTTE terrorism and later he actively took part in Para Athletics, the Army said.
The Army sources further said that he won a Gold Medal in Javelin Throw (52 m) at Army Para Athletic Meet, First place at Malaysia’s Para Athletic Meet (52.95 m) in 2012, Second Place in Germany’s Para Athletic (Qualifying) Meet (53.09m) in 2017 and the Second Place in London Para Athletic Meet-2017 recording 59.90m in Javelin Throw event.
Sergeant Dinesh Priyantha Herath who made history by winning Gold in Paralympics 2020 in Tokyo was promoted to the rank of Warrant Officer 1 by Chief of Defence Staff and Army Commander Gen. Shavendra Silva with the approval of HE the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the Defence Secretary Gen. Kamal Gunaratne (Retd).