Sergeant Dinesh Priyantha Herath who made history today by winning gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo has been promoted.
He was promoted to the rank of Warrant Officer 1 by Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army, General Shavendra Silva.
The promotion was approved by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Secretary of the Ministry of Defence Rt. General Kamal Gunaratne.
Dinesh Priyantha established a new World Record and won the gold medal in the Men’s Javelin Throw-F46 event this morning.
This was the first gold medal by a Sri Lankan at either an Olympic or a Paralympic Games event.
Herath’s third throw eclipsed the previous Olympic and World mark which was set by India’s Devendra Jhajharia who established it during the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.
Sergeant Dinesh Priyantha Herath sustained injuries in enemy fire on 16 December 2008 when he was fighting against LTTE terrorists in Kilinochchi area.
Enlisted to the Army on 18 March 2004 as a recruit and completed basic training at Gajaba Regiment at Saliyapura.
After his injuries, he actively took part in Army-organized Para Athletic training events at the GR Regimental HQ.
In 2012, he won Gold Medal in Javelin Throw (52 m) in Army Para Athletic Meet, Gold Medal in Malaysia’s Para Athletic Meet (52.95 m) in 2012, Bronze Medal in Paralympics 2016 in Rio (58.23m), Silver Medal in Germany’s Para Athletic (Qualifying) Meet (53.09m) in 2017, Silver Medal in World Para Athletic Meet-2017 in London recording 59.90 m, Gold Medal in Asian Para Games in 2018 with a new record of 61.84 m and Silver Medal in World Para Athletics Championship in 2019 with 60.59m in the Javelin Throw event.