Hansani Gomes Sets New Sri Lankan Record at 2024 IWF World Cup in Phuket

Amidst the spirited atmosphere of the 2024 IWF World Cup in Phuket, Thailand, Hansani Gomes of Sri Lanka emerged as a standout performer, rewriting her nation's weightlifting history in the women's 49kg category. Representing the Sri Lanka Air Force, Gomes showcased her prowess by shattering the national record, lifting an impressive 76kg in the Snatch event on the tournament's inaugural day.

Despite securing third place in Pool ‘C’ among eight formidable competitors, Gomes harbored mixed emotions, aiming to surpass her practice performances of 80kg in Snatch and 93kg in Clean and Jerk. Nonetheless, she took pride in surpassing her previous national record of 75kg, set at last year's IWF World Cup in Riyad.

Gomes continued to dazzle throughout the competition, demonstrating remarkable strength in the Clean and Jerk discipline with a commendable lift of 85kg. Her cumulative lift of 161kg underscored her prominence among the world's elite weightlifters, reaffirming her contribution to Olympic qualifying standards, stemming from her exceptional performance in Riyad last year, where she lifted 164kg.

While Gomes fell short of her personal best of 89kg in Clean and Jerk, set in the preceding edition in Riyad, her resilience and optimism remain unwavering as she looks ahead to future competitions.

As the tournament progresses, all eyes are on Sri Lanka's Isuru Kumara, poised to compete in the 55kg weight class, scheduled for today (Monday), followed by Indika Dissanayake's anticipated performance on April 3. Despite the delayed arrival of the Sri Lankan team on April 6, the fervor of the competition will endure until its culmination on April 11, promising more thrilling displays of athleticism and determination.

In conclusion, Hansani Gomes' remarkable performance at the 2024 IWF World Cup in Phuket has not only earned her a well-deserved place in Sri Lankan weightlifting history but also exemplified her unwavering dedication and strength on the international stage. Despite facing challenges and falling short of personal targets, Gomes's achievement of setting a new national record reflects her resilience and determination to continually push her limits. As the tournament progresses and other Sri Lankan athletes prepare to compete, the spotlight remains on their collective pursuit of excellence and their contribution to the global weightlifting community. Gomes's journey serves as an inspiring reminder of the power of perseverance and the ability to surpass one's own expectations, setting a high bar for future generations of athletes to aspire to.