John de Saram – youngest competitor at 1948 Olympic Games

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John de Saram – youngest competitor at 1948 Olympic Games John De Saram Source:Dailynews At the age of 20 years, John De Saram was the youngest athlete to represent Sri Lanka at the 1948 London Olympic Games. He was included in the Sri Lankan contingent after some outstanding performances for Police Sports Club where he excelled in several track events. In 1948, he helped Police Sports Club to clinch the 4X110 yards Relay Championship after having completed a successful school career at Royal College, Colombo. In fact, in 1940 John De Saram became the Under-12 Track and Field champion at Royal College and he was the Under-14 and Under-16 champion in 1942 and 1944 respectively. He displayed his skills at All-Ceylon level for the first time by securing the second place in the 100 yards race at the Public Schools Meet in 1945. He also helped Royal College to win the 4X100 yards relay event at the same meet. He soon grew in reputation to annex the Trophy for the…

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