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Sri Lanka at the 2012 Summer Olympics

Sri Lanka at the Olympic Games

Flag of Sri Lanka
IOC code  SRI
NOC National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka
At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London
Competitors 7 in 4 sports
Flag bearer Niluka Karunaratne[1]
Medals Gold
Olympic history (summary)
Summer Games

*As Ceylon

Sri Lanka competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, from 27 July to 12 August 2012. This was the nation's sixteenth appearance at the Olympics, except the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. Six of its games were designated as Ceylon.

The National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka sent a total of seven athletes to the Games, four men and three women, to compete in four sports.[2] Three Sri Lankan athletes received their spots in track and field and swimming by wild card entries (both swimmers and Merill). Other Sri Lankan athletes won their spots by participating in various qualifying matches around the world. Badminton player Niluka Karunaratne became the nation's first male flag bearer at the opening ceremony since 1992.

Sri Lanka, however, failed to win a single Olympic medal at these games since the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, where Susanthika Jayasinghe won silver for the sprint.


  • Athletics 1
  • Badminton 2
  • Shooting 3
  • Swimming 4
  • References 5


Sri Lankan athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event at the 'A' Standard, and 1 at the 'B' Standard):[3][4] Sri Lanka did not qualify for women's athlete events and, therefore, was able to select one wildcard entrant.[5]

  • Note–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only
  • Q = Qualified for the next round
  • q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target
  • NR = National record
  • N/A = Round not applicable for the event
  • Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round
Athlete Event Final
Result Rank
Anuradha Cooray Marathon 2:20:41 55
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Christine Merrill 400 m hurdles 57.15 9 Did not advance


Sri Lanka has qualified one athlete in the men's and women's singles event.[2]

Athlete Event Group Stage Elimination Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Rank Opposition
Niluka Karunaratne Men's singles  Tago (JPN)
W 21–18, 21–16
N/A 1 Q  Kashyap (IND)
L 14–21, 21–15, 9–21
Did not advance
Thilini Jayasinghe Women's singles  Inthanon (THA)
L 13–21, 5–21
 Santos (POR)
L 9–21, 11–21
3 Did not advance


Sri Lanka has received a wildcard to send one male shooter.[6]

Athlete Event Qualification Final
Points Rank Points Rank
Mangala Samarakoon 10 m air rifle 583 45 Did not advance
50 m rifle prone 585 47 Did not advance


Sri Lanka will send two swimmers (one male and female) to compete as wildcards.[7]

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Heshan Unamboowe 100 m backstroke 57.94 42 Did not advance
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Reshika Udugampola 100 m freestyle 1:04.93 44 Did not advance


  1. ^
  2. ^ a b Thilini makes Olympics for second time
  3. ^
  4. ^
  5. ^ Christine Merrill selected as wildcard entrant
  6. ^ Sri Lanka shooter qualifies for 2012 London Olympics
  7. ^ Point blank: Sri Lanka and the Olympic Games
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