Sri Lanka first competed as Ceylon at the London 1948 Olympic Games where Duncan WHITE claimed their first Olympic medal. He took silver in the 400m hurdles.
The name Sri Lanka was first used at the Munich 1972 Olympic Games.
Swimmer Dipika CHANMUGAM was their first female representative when she took part at the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games.
In 2000, Susanthika JAYASINGHE won Sri Lanka's only other medal to date. She crossed the line third in the women's 200m in Sydney but was later awarded the silver medal when race winner Marion JONES (USA) was disqualified for doping offences.
JAYASINGHE carried the Sri Lankan flag at the Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games where she competed in the 200m.
Sri Lanka's team in Beijing numbered eight in six sports.