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Cherantha DE SILVA
Sport Swimming
NOC Sri Lanka   
GenderMen
Born12 Jul 1996 in Colombo, SRI
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Gambier, OH, USA
Occupation
Student
Languages
English, Sinhala
Higher education
Economics - Kenyon College: Gambier, OH, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age four under coach Roshan Wijesinghe.
Why this sport?
He followed his brothers into the sport.
General Interest
Nicknames
Machine, Cheriff, Cheran (dailysports.lk, 28 Mar 2017; thepapare.com, 08 Jan 2018)
Hobbies
Karate. (dailysports.lk, 28 Mar 2017)
Most influential person in career
His parents, and coach Miguel Lopez. (thepapare.com, 08 Jan 2018; thanyapura.com, 07 Jun 2017)
Injuries
He suffered from dengue fever, a mosquito-borne tropical disease, prior to competing at the 2019 Singapore National Championships. (Instagram profile, 23 Jun 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"One thing that makes me different from the others is that I don't want to be like my role models, I want to beat them. Other people might think of this as overconfidence, but for me, it is where I get my inspiration from. I don't want to be the next Michael Phelps. I want to leave a legacy for the younger generation." (thepapare.com, 08 Jan 2018)
Awards and honours
In July 2020, he won a College Swimming Coaches Association of America [CSCAA] academic award while swimming for Kenyon College in Gambier, OH, United States of America. (athletics.kenyon.edu, 09 Jul 2020)

In 2014 he was named Best Schools Sportsman at the Sri Lanka Schools Sports Colours Awards. (dailysports.lk, 28 Mar 2017)
Other information
DOCUMENTARY
In 2017 he was featured in 'Lane 0', a documentary that portrays a group of swimmers from nations who are not traditionally strong in the sport but are trying to qualify for the Olympic Games. (Instagram profile, 06 Aug 2018)

SCHOLARSHIP
In 2017 he was one of 36 swimmers from across the world to receive an International Swimming Federation [FINA] Scholarship, which was designed to help the athletes to qualify and participate at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. The scholarship enabled him to train at FINA-approved training centres in Thailand and the United States of America. (fina.org, 01 Mar 2017; thepapare.com, 08 Jan 2018)

 Competition Highlights
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 100m Butterfly 55.09
49 2017 Budapest, HUN 50m Butterfly 25.15 
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 100m Butterfly 57.79
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 50m Freestyle 24.32
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Medley Relay 4:19.24
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:42.94
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 100m Butterfly 56.33
Heats 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 100m Freestyle 52.29
Heats 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 100m Butterfly 54.21
Heats 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 50m Butterfly 24.22
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 100m Butterfly 56.82
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 100m Freestyle 52.58
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 50m Butterfly 25.40
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 50m Freestyle 23.90
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:52.58
Asian Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2012 Dubai, UAE 100m Butterfly 1:00.33
Heats 2012 Dubai, UAE 50m Butterfly 26.53
Heats 2012 Dubai, UAE 200m Butterfly 2:22.73
Heats 2012 Dubai, UAE 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
Asian Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2018 Jakarta, INA 200m Butterfly 2:05.90
Heats 2018 Jakarta, INA 50m Butterfly 25.36
Heats 2018 Jakarta, INA 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay