A member of the indigenous community has won gold in the men’s 42 km marathon event at the 47th national sports competition.

Thalawarige Ratnapala is the sports personality from his community to achieve this unique feat.

Veddah chieftain Uruwarige Wanniya has commended Ratnapala for his achievement.

Ratnapala says that his strong genes and the pollution-free environment have been his only assets, and that he gets even three square meals a day with much difficulty.


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