Hetti Thanthrige Ushan Thiwanka Perera (born 22 January 1998) is a Sri Lankan high jumper and a Sri Lankan national record holder in men’s high jump as well as in men’s indoor high jump.
He became a Sri Lankan national champion in high jump for the first time during the 2018 National beating veteran high jumper Manjula Kumara to claim gold medal where he cleared height of 2.18m.
He was shortlisted to represent Sri Lanka at the 2018 Asian Games but his selection was officially rejected by the Indonesian organizers of Asian Games due to the national organization forgetting to enter their names on time.
On 21 February 2021, he broke the national record in indoor high jump clearing 2.25m during the Lone Star Conference 2021 event in Texas. On 27 March 2021, he broke the high jump national record which was previously held by veteran high jumper Manjula Kumara clearing 2.28m. He achieved the feat during the 2021 Texas Relays Championships while being attached with the Texas A & M University.
On 8 May 2021, he created both national record as well as South Asian record in high jump, clearing 2.30m at the 2021 Lone Star Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Texas. After clearing a record 2.30m, he renewed his own personal record as well as the Sri Lankan national record. He also surpassed India’s Sarvesh Anil Kushare South Asian record of 2.21m. With this achievement, he also edged closer to the Olympic qualification criteria of 2.33m and also moved to the Top 3 rankings among high jumpers at international level.
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