Milka Gehani de Silva, an artistic gymnast, has become the second Sri Lankan to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
After qualifying through the continental quota, the 18-year-old will compete in the Tokyo Olympics.
She was the first reserve for the Asian quota, ahead of Indian gymnast Pranati Nayak, and became eligible to compete from the zone after the 9th Senior Asian Championships, which were scheduled to take place from May 29 to June 1 in Hangzhou, China, were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
De Silva has represented Sri Lanka at several international competitions, including the Junior Asian Championships (2017 & 2018), Youth Olympic Games (2018), and the 49th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, where she was trained by former National Champion turned coach Ranjana Tharanga (2019).
From 2011 to 2014, she was the Junior National Champion, and in 2016, she finished sixth in the Junior Commonwealth Games. She won the National Championship in both 2017 and 2018.
She went on to finish in the top eight at the Asian Championship in Indonesia in 2018, becoming the first Sri Lankan to do so. She also set an Area record while representing Sri Lanka at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.
Last week, showjumping rider Mathilda Karlsson became the first qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games from Sri Lanka as well as the first equestrian representing Sri Lanka in an Olympic Event.