Edirisinghe Mudiyanselage Senanayake is the first marksman to have earned qualifying standards in Air Pistol shooting to participate at the Olympics. Considered the most complicated and most demanding of the Olympic Pistol events, Senanayake shot an exceptional 553/600 to win Sri Lanka a place at the Beijing Olympics. Having taken to Sports shooting in 1997, Senanayake now has three South Asian Games silver medals and three bronze medals to his credit in addition to holding the national record in the 50 Meter Free Pistol and Air Pistol events

Born on 14th February 1970, in rural Hasalaka in a little village called Handaganawa, Senanayake attended the Handaganawa Central College and Morayaya Sanghabodhi College to complete his education. He then joined the Army in 1990, serving eight years in operational war stricken areas in the north of Sri Lanka. His shooting talent was recognized by the Army and Senanayake was inducted into the Marksmanship Unit at Diyatalawa. He is being coached by Brigadier K.W. Edema in his build up to Beijing 2008

This is a momentous occasion for Sri Lanka: Senanayake is the first Sri Lankan Pistol Shooter to have won a place to compete in the Olympic Games. The credit is greater when one bears in mind that countries compete fiercely for the very limited number of places in the starting line-up, thus integrating themselves and their nations into that select group of Olympic competitors. Senanayake, having established several Sri Lanka records, is also a SAG medal winner, earning two silver medals and a bronze at the 2006 South Asian Games and gaining good scores at the Commonwealth Shooting Championships in 2005 and 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar. It makes this former soldier from rural Sri Lanka a very likely candidate to bring glory to Sri Lanka in Beijing