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HERATH Dinesh
Sport Para athletics
NPC Sri Lanka   
GenderMen
Age36
Height1.86 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T46, F46
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Tsanka
Residence
Anuradhapura, SRI
Languages
Sinhala
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 2012 in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.
Why this sport?
He began the sport as a hobby.
Club / Team
Gajaba Sports Club: Sri Lanka
Name of coach
Pradeep Nishantha, SRI
General Interest
Hobbies
Playing cricket, listening to music. (Athlete, 19 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a bronze medal in the F46 javelin throw at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 19 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
His wife. (Athlete, 19 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
German javelin throwers Thomas Rohler and Johannes Vetter. (Athlete, 19 Nov 2019)
Injuries
He sustained an arm injury during the Sri Lanka National Championships in October 2019. The injury affected his performance at the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where he won a silver medal in the F46 javelin. (SportsDeskOnline, 19 May 2020; aipsmedia.com, 11 Nov 2019)
Awards and honours
He was named Most Outstanding Male Para Athlete of the Year at the 2019 Presidential Sports Awards in Sri Lanka. (thepapare.com, 18 Jul 2019)

He was Sri Lanka's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Asian Para Games in Indonesia. (thepapare.com, 11 Oct 2018)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (dailynews.lk, 12 Oct 2018)
Impairment
In 2008 he was shot in the left arm while serving in the Sri Lankan Army. (dailysports.lk, 27 Sep 2016; Athlete, 18 Sep 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
4 2016 4 x 100m Relay T42-47 47.12
3 2016 Javelin Throw F46 58.23
1 2021 Javelin Throw F46 67.79
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
6 2015 Javelin Throw F46 48.46
  2015 4 x 100m Relay T42-47  DNF
2 2017 Javelin Throw F46 57.93
2 2019 Javelin Throw F46 60.59
Asian Para Games
Rank Year Event Result
7 2014 Javelin Throw F46 43.43
7 2014 Long Jump T47 6.09
8 2014 Long Jump T47 5.70
9 2014 Discus Throw F46 27.79
1 2018 Javelin Throw F46 61.84