Ushan Thiwanka Perera, a Sri Lankan athlete born in the United States, set the South Asian and Sri Lankan high jump records at the Lone Star Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Texas in 2021.
The 23-year-old, who competes for Texas A&M University-Commerce, set the record in the Men’s High Jump event at the outdoor championships with a jump of 2.30 meters.
The former Maris Stella College student, who left the country on a scholarship to Texas A&M University-Commerce last year, is currently studying and pursuing his higher education in Texas.
In March this year, Thiwanka had broken the long-standing Sri Lanka high jump record of 2.27m which was set by Manjula Kumara Wijesekera in 2004 and equaled in 2005.
He had also previously set a new Sri Lanka indoor high jump record of 2.26m. Thiwanka started his athletics career at Karunaratne Buddhist School at Ragama and was able to develop his skills at Maris Stella College under the guidance of his coach Sanarath Fernando.