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Mohandas Liyanage Sumith

Full name: Mohandas Liyanage Sumith
Gender: Male
Height: 5-7.5 (172 cm)
Weight: 126 lbs (57 kg)
Born: June 24, 1936 in Colombo, Basnahira, Sri Lanka
Country: SRI Sri Lanka
Sport: Boxing


A policeman, he was Sri Lanka national featherweight champion in 1960, which earned him a trip to Rome Olympic Games.

Coming up against the reigning European champion, Jerzy Adamski of Poland, he floored the Pole in the opening round but lost a close decision after Adamski mounted a comeback in the later rounds. Adamski went to win the silver medal.

Known locally as the “Floyd Patterson of Ceylon” for his peek-a-boo style of boxing, he was voted Sri Lankan boxer of the year for his efforts in 1960.

Rising to the rank of Deputy Inspector General in the police force, he would later win a silver medal in pistol shooting in the World Police and Fire Service Games.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 24 Roma Boxing Men's Featherweight Sri Lanka SRI 17T

Men's Featherweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result JF J1S J2S J3S J4S J5S TJP
1960 Summer 24 Roma Boxing Sri Lanka SRI Round One Match #6 2 1960-08-26 Adamski (POL) , Liyanage Sumith (SRI) 0 56 55 56 57 57 281
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