Mathew Abeysinghe has been qualified for the finals of Men's 100m freestyle at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia today (23).
This is the highest performance of a Sri Lankan swimmer in Asian Games so far.
Mathew was placed third in heat five – first round of Men’s 100m freestyle event. He clocked 49.48 seconds. Khader Ghetrich of Jordan, who had a timing of 49.30 seconds, won the heat.
Mathew Abeysinghe is the fourth fastest amongst the athletes who were qualified for the finals. The finals will be held at 6.21 pm today in Indonesian time.
Mathew's brother Kyle Abeysinghe participated in heat four – first round; he finished third in his heat clocking 50.41 seconds. However, he was unable to qualify for the finals.
Dimuth Akalanka Peiris, who took part in Men’s 200m backstroke, finished sixth in his heat. He had finished second in heat three of 50m butterfly event. However, his time was also insufficient to be qualified for the finals.