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Described as Sri Lanka's 'wonder girl', Susanthika Jayasinghe made
history in the Sydney Olympics by becoming the first Sri Lankan woman
to win an Olympic medal. Susanthika clocked 22.28
seconds in the women's 200 meter finals at Sydney to win the
bronze medal, and missed the silver by only 0.01 seconds.
Jayasinghe was a surprise winner of the 200m silver medal in the 1997
World Championships, becoming the first Sri Lankan to win a
since 1948. She has also won medals at 1995 Asian
Championships and 1994
Susanthika was given V.I.P treatment when she returned to Sri
Athens after the world championships. But when she was
tested positive for
drugs, she was condemned by Sri Lakan government and
media. She was
cleared of all charges after a long legal
battle. But she decided to leave
Sri Lanka after this incident. She now
trains in LA, California with her
new coach Tony Campbell.
- Newsclips & Links
- Born: 17 Dec 75
Height: 168 cm/ 5' 6"
Weight: 54 kg / 119 lbs
- Vital stats
and timings from the IAAF website.
school race that changed her life.
sets track ablaze. Nov 98.
women's 200 m finals report from the official Olympics website.
road to the bronze at Sydney. (and her 100m attempts).
- A bit of foolishness to ease the
tension. Jayasinghe in a news conference with Marion Jones and
Pauline Davis-Thompson, talks about being sexually harassed.
Lankan Olympic medallist greeted by controversy at
home. Washington Post, 9 Oct 00.
- Asian Games & World Championships
- Rapid rise,
fall and rise of Susanthika Jayasinghe. Tribune India, 11 Dec 98.
Championships, Athens, 1997. Jayasinghe claims the 200m
Runners World Daily, 8 Aug 97.
pulls out of the 100m at the Bangkok Asian games.
- Records and medals
women's best 60 m. indoor times. Jayasinghe's at 7.09 seconds, in
holds the Asian records for the 60m indoor sprint
relay team of Jayasinghe, Marion Jones, Inger Miller and Falilat
Ogunkoya, sponsored by Nike, win. Penn Relay Carnival, April 1999.
200 m outdoor times.
- The drug and harassment controversies
Jayasinghe's running career and the drug/harassment controversies.
A summary from the Washington Post, 9 Oct 00.
politicians play. Nov 1997.
- Jayasinghe to
name her harasser.
of deception or of innocence. Dec 1998.
eligible to compete in Bangkok Asian Games.
- Jayasinghe an
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