Bhubaneswar: A fifth Asian Athletics Championship gold medal for Dilshod Nazarov (Tajikistan), a dramatic high jump victory for Woo Sang-Hyeok (South Korea), a maiden Asian gold for steeplechaser Sudha Singh and a victory for the Chinese men’s 400 relay squad by the barest of margins were the highlights of the third night of competition in the AAC2017 at the Kalinga Stadium here on Saturday.
The Rio Olympic Champion Dilshod Narazarov completed a hat-trick, having won gold at AAC in Amman 2007, Guanghzou 2009, Pune 2013 and Wuhan 2015 besides three Asian Games crowns in Doha 2006, Guangzhou 2010 and Incheon 2014. He was a picture of consistency as he dominated the field.
Men’s 110m hurdles final: Two-time AAC silver medallist Abdulazia Al-Mandeel made light of the being one of the slowest reaction times at the start to sustain his good form from the semifinal heats into the final to win gold this time in a time of 13.50 seconds. His Kuwaiti team-mate, Yaqoub Al-Youha beat back a game challenge by Saudi Arabia’s Ahmed Khader to win silver two-hundredths of a second ahead. Khader appeared to have resolved to stay abreast of the Kuwaiti on his left and ahead of the Japanese Shun-Ya Takayama and that tactic earned him bronze. India’s Siddhanth Thingalaya made a gallant effort but had to settle for the fifth place in 13.72 ahead of two Chinese-Taipei hurdlers and Japan’s Wataru Yazawa.
Men’s 400m hurdles final: Eric Shauwn Cray of PHI breezed to victory in 49.57 seconds in what was among the more open competitions in AAC2017. Chinese Taipei’s Chen Chieh, who win the semifinal heats ahead of his competitor, also dipped in under 50-seconds but had to settle for silver. There was a wonderful surprise for fans at the Kalinga Stadium as MP Jabir, 21, came up with a personal best of 50.22 to earn him bronze medal in a race that saw defending champion Yuta Konshi (Japan) finish in eighth place.
Men’s 3000m steeplechase final: India’s Naveen Kumar, a bronze medallist in the 2014 Asian Games, raised the hopes of the throaty audience at the Kalings Stadium by doing some front-running in the early half of the race. But Hossain Keyhani (Iran), Qatari teenager Yaser Salem, his compatriot Hashim Salah Abbas and Saudi Arabia’s Ali Ahmed Al-Amri pulled away with a couple of laps left. The 27-year-old Iranian found the reserves on a humid night to surge ahead of the others and break the beam in 8:43.82, the meet record standing in the name of Qatar’s Khamis Saifeidin not being threatened at all. Naveen Kumar finished seventh in 9:02.95
Men’s 4x100m relay final: With Continental record holder Japan and Qatar not fielding squads, China and Thailand were expected to deliver fireworks in the last final of the day – and deliver they did, only the photo finish camera awarding victory to China. Both teams were credited with 39.38 seconds, the camera declaring that the China’s anchor Xu Haiyan had finished one-thousand of a second ahead of his Thai counterpart Jaran Sathoengram. Hong Kong took the bronze, egding out Sri Lanka by 0.06 seconds.
Men’s high jump final: Former World Youth Champions Woo Sang-Hyeok (South Korea) stole a dramatic victory over the flamboyant world championship silver medallist, Zhang Guowei (China). The 21-year-old Korean appeared to be finding it hard to secure a rhythm, needing two attempts over 2.24m and three attempts each when the bar was raised to 2.28 and 2.30m. By contrast, the showman in Zhang Guwoei seemed to enjoy playing to the gallery while clearing all four heights up to 2.24m on first attempt. At 2.28, he needed a second and kept toppling the bar over with his heel when it was at 2.30. He sank on all fours while a short distance away, the Korean broke into a wide smile.
Men’s hammer throw final: Olympic champion Dilshod Nazarov trailed a determined Chinese Wang Shizhu, seven years his junior, after the second round of throws and then uncorked a throw over 75m to settle any doubts and to justify the favoruitism. The genial 37-year-old, President of the Tajikstan Athletics Federation, followed that up with two more throws over 75m, finishing with his best, 76.69m. Wang Shizu tried very hard and that led to three foul throws before he settled for silver. South Korea’s Lee Ywun-Chul packed all his will and physica strength behind a final throw in a bid to get to silver medal position but the ball and chain landed an agoinising four centimeters short of the Chinese’s mark on a night that saw a dozen throws over 70m.
Women’s 100m hurdles final: South Korea’s Jung Hye-Lim made it a start-to-finish affair in the final, leaving the 2013 Asian champion Ayako Kimura in her wake. China’s Wang Dou took bronze in a race that belied expectations of a sub-13 second time. Jung Hye-Lim, who had won silver six years ago in Kobe, glided over each hurdle smoothly with power and grace. With the Japanese ace trailing her in the lane alongside her, the South Korean did not have to find that extra gear to drive to a sub-13 time. She would take the gold medal rather than risk injury. Ayako was timed 13.30 while Wang Dou finished in 13.36. Uzbekistan’s Valentina Kibalnikova and Japan’s Hitomi Shimura took the fourth and fifth places.
Women’s 400m hurdles final: Vietnam’s Nhuyen Thi Huyen, a former Asian Junior Champion, broke free of the pack at the end of the bend into the home stretch and won gold in style in 56.14 second. India’s Anu Raghavan, fourth in Wuhan AAC 2015, dug deep into the reserves of her strength to claim the silver ahead of Japanese veteran Sayaka Ayoki in a personal best time of 57.22.
Women’s 3000m steeplechase final: After running in the company of others Sudha Singh, 31, decided she had her goals to achieve and sped off in pursuit of that sub-10-minute time to complete her return to international stage with a creditable victory in 9:59.47. She this added gold to her three silver AAC medals earned in 2009, 2011 and 2013. For someone who was away from training for several months after she being down with swine flu on her return from the Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero last year, she posted 10:03.01 in the heat of Patiala. North Korea’s 18-year-old Hyo Gyong claimed silver a good 14 seconds and more behind Sudha Singh and five seconds ahead of Japan’s Nana Sato.
Women’s 4x100m relay final: The cumulative speed of Kazakhstan’s quartet – Rima Kashafutdinova, Viktoriya Zyabkina, Merdzhan Ishangulyeva and Olga Safronova – was just too hot for the Chinese. It did not seem to matter that Merdzhan Ishangulyeva had finished her 400m hurdles in fourth place only a short while ago. For, the Kazakh strategy getting their two best sprinters to do duty on the straights paid rich dividends as the team was home in 43.53 seconds. The defending champion obviously had a different squad this time – Sun Fengyan, Kong Lingei, Lin Huijun and 17-year-old Feng Lulu – but it was no less determined, having not fielding any of them in the women’s 100m run. India’s Merlin Joseph, Himashree Roy, Srabani Nanda and Dutee Chand beat Thailand to the bronze with a time of 44.57 seconds.
Women’s Triple jump final: Kazakhstan’s 18-year-old Mariya Ovchinnikova made a memorable debut in the senior ranks in AAC with a narrow victory over her senior compatriot, three-time AAC bronze medallist Irina Ektova. Mariya Ovchinnikova, who logged 13.94m, and Irina Ektova, 13.77 on June 24, sustained their top form with five jumps over 13.50m that no other competitor managed. The teenager’s 13.72m on her fifth effort gave her a 10cm advantage over her 30-year-old team-mate. India’s NV Sheena impoved on her season’s best showing by 11cm on her final jump and claimed bronze ahead of Sri Lankan Vidhusha Lakshani.
Heptathlon (after four events): With 3443 points, Swapna Barman held on to her lead after the 200m, the fourth and final event on the opening day. A slow 26.11-second showing in the 200m saw her lead over team-mate, Odisha favourite and AAC 2015 bronze medallist Purnima Hembram (24.86 seconds in 200m) whittle down to just 11 points. Japan’s Meg Hemphill also closed in on Swapna Baraman with a 25.06-second run. She now has 3410 points. The second day’s events, long jump, javelin throw and 800m, will determine the colour of the medals for each of these competitors, or so it appears.
by Ram Murli Krishnan for LOC/AAA
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Bhubaneswar, July 6: Li Lingwei (China) set a new women’s javelin throw meet record, Manpreet Kaur (women’s shot put) and G Lakshman (men’s 5000m) claimed emotional gold medals for the home team while discus throw veteran Ehasan Hadadi (Iran) won the crown for the fifth time in the Asian Athletics Championsips at the Kalinga Stadium on Thursday evening.
Men’s 5000m: G Lakshaman was content to be within hauling distance of the leading bunch for a large part of the race and delivered a powerful kick over the last 300m to run out a comfortable winner in 14:54.48. The bronze medallist from Wuhan AAC 2015 tackled the humid conditions really well, not tiring himself with any front running attempts. Tariq Ahmed Al-Amri (Saudi Arabia), who had the best time this season among the 14 starters, could manage bronze in 14:56.86 behind Qatari Yaser Salem’s 14:55.89. Chinese National champion Liu Hongliang was fourth while 20-year-old Indian Murli Kumar Gavit came sixth behind the other Chinese Ciren Doubujie.
Men’s pole vault: China’s Ding Banchao’s confidence was to be seen to be believed. He kept passing vaults and joined the fray only when the bar was raised to 5.20. He passed 5.30 and when he cleared 5.40m, he knew he had earned gold. Perhaps the only reason he broke into a sweat was the humid environment in the Kalinga Stadium. Thailand’s Patsapong Amsam-Ang finished second with 5.30. India’s S Siva, joining the vaulting at 5.00m, was unable to clear that.
Men’s discus: Eshan Hadadi (Iran) uncorked five throws over 61m – a distance that none of his competitors matched on Thursday evening to claim his fifth Asian Athletics Champioships gold, dating back to Incheon in South Korea in 2005. His series of 61.67, 61.80, 63.76, 63.55 was followed by a foul on his fifth attempt. Rather than winding down, the 32-year-old Iranian sent the discus flying on his final attempt over 64.54m.
With a throw of 60.96m on his fifth attempt, Muhammad Irfan (Malaysia) stole a march over two-time defending champion Vikas Gowda (India) by a mere 15cm. The results were in keeping with form shown this season by Asia’s leading discus throwers.
Women’s 5000m: Kyrghistan’s Daria Maslova broke into a smile as she approached the finish line at the end of a long haul. She had done enough to win the grueling race in a time of 15:57.95. The humid conditions meant that the bronze medallist from Wuhan AAC 2015 would not challenge any records, being more than half a minute behind the gold winning time two years ago. Ali Mohammed Saeed (United Arab Emirates) had enough gas left to beat back a game challenge on the home stretch by India’s 20-year-old Sanjivani Jadhav to the silver medal.
Women’s long jump: Vietnam’s Bhu Thi Thu Thao fouled four jumps but her opening leap of 6.54m ensured her gold ahead of India’s Neena V, who also achieved a similar distance but on her fourth jump. The 25-year-old Vietnamese, an Asian Games silver medallist, finished with a 6.44 effort on her last jump. Neena, 26, an Asian Grand Prix winner, delivered a season’s best show with 6.54m in a series of consistent jumps, with only one falling short of 6.16m mark. The gangling Nayana James (India), who had pulled off a season’s best of 6.55m last month, came up with a 6.42m on her fourth jump in addition to three efforts over 6.32m, 6.31m and 6.33m
Women’s shot put: Manpreet Kaur’s 18.28m throw on her third attempt earned India its first gold medal of AAC 2017. Though she had only one other legal throw (17.52m as the opening effort), the Asian Grand Prix winner packed enough power behind to launch the iron ball the longest on Thursday night. China’s Guo TIngqian, the 22-yer-old defending champion, came up with a series of throws between 17.47 and 17.91 to take silver in a two-horse race. In the absence of Bahrain’s Noora Salem Jassem, Aya Ota of Japan won the battle for bronze with 15.45m, just 12cm more than her compatriot Nanaka Kori.
Women’s javelin: Li Lingwei (China) marked her return to AAC after missing out at Wuhan with a new meet record to add to her AAC 2013 gold. The 28-year-old had four throws over 60m – ranging from 60.79 on her first attempt to 63.06 on her fifth – while none of her competitors threatened the 60m mark. Her second attempt of 61.76 bettered the old record of 61.33 set by her compatriot Liu Shiying in Wuhan. Sri Lanka’s Nadisha Dilhani Lekamge took silver with 58.11 ahead of Indian Annu Rani (57.32).
by Ram Murli Krishnan for LOC/AAA