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Li Lingwei of China win silver medal in Javelin Throw at IAAF World Championship

London, 9 Aug: Twice Asian Champion Li Lingwei of China finally won her maiden World Championship medal in the form of silver medal with a new personal best throw of 66.25m in the women javelin throw final of the IAAF World Championship in London.

Li said "I am happy because I made it into the final and the Chinese team won two medals. It has not been easy for me in the past half year because I had several injuries during training. I am quite surprised I improved my performance and won the silver medal."

Her teammate Lyu Huihui who won set new Asian record during qualification could managed to win bronze medal with best throw of 65.26m. Lyu said "This final is very satisfactory for the Chinese team, three of us in the final with two medals. That proves the growing development for Chinese javelin throw.  "I won silver in 2015 and now I get the bronze medal. This is a fine result. I am an old athlete with a lot of experience. I had a stable performance with reasonable results. My run-up was quite short. Every athlete has specific characteristics. Also I trust in my coach because I have improved a lot in recent years."

Haroun of Qatar become first Asian medallist in 400m run at IAAF World Championship

London 9th Aug: Former Asian champion Abdalelah Haroun of Qatar has become first Asian medallist in the 400m at the IAAF World Championship, winning bronze medal in 44.48s. Haroun late surge in the final 50m earned him season best timing as well as bronze medal. He said, "The first thing I wanted to do was reach the final but I've had to fight for a medal. I knew it was a big chance for me so, I am very happy to have taken the opportunity. It is a very special moment for my country and an honour to take the bronze medal with me."

Rose Chelimo of Bahrain win Women's Marathon - IAAF World Championship 2017

London, 7 Aug: Rose Chelimo made history for Bahrain as she earned her country its first ever gold in the women’s marathon (6 Aug) at the World Championships in a slow-burning race that flared into dramatic life over the final seven kilometres as she won a personal duel with Kenya’s 2011 and 2013 winner Edna Kiplagat, who in turn secured silver by a stride from the fast-finishing US runner Amy Cragg.

In what was only her fourth marathon, the 28-year-old Chelimo finished in 2:27:11 after resisting what looked like a decisive break from her 37-year-old Kenyan rival inside the final mile and regaining a lead she would not relinquish.

As the leaders vied for gold, Cragg was engaged in a struggle for bronze with a second Kenyan, Flomena Cheyech Daniel, finding the energy to sprint clear as she reached the final stretch before the finish line on Tower Bridge.

Indeed, Cragg, her face set with effort, came within a metre of silver as she all but caught the flagging Kiplagat, who had been seeking an unprecedented third world marathon title, with both women clocking 2:27.18.

"I am very happy,” said Chelimo, who finished eighth at the Olympic Games last year. “I was not expecting to win today, I tried my best and I managed to become the world champion.

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Wang Zheng of China wins Silver in Women Hammer Throw- IAAF World Championship London

London, 8 Aug: Wang Zhang, Asian Record holder in the women hammer throw won her first World Championship medal with a throw of 75.94m. Wang was leading half way with 75.94m but she was edged out by Anita, World record holder from Poland. Anita threw hammer to 77.90m to win gold medal. Wang had to settle on silver medal. After placing fourth in 2013 and fifth in 2015, and having failed to record a valid mark at last year's Olympics, Wang was rewarded for a consistent series with her first global championships medal.

Zhang Wenxiu of China announced her retirement from competitive athletics after she finished on the 4th place. Sixteen years after making her first World Championships final at the age of 15, world and Olympic silver medallist Zhang Wenxiu recorded a season's best of 74.53m for fourth, just 23 centimetres shy of bronze. It was her 11th consecutive global championships final and her 10th consecutive top-five finish.

 

$500,000 USD prized Asian Premier Marathon Series 2017-18 launched in Beijing.

Doha, 22 July, 2017: In a major boost to the development of endurance sports in Asia, Asian Athletics Association is proud to announce $500,000 prized Asian Premier Marathon Series 2017-18.

On the occasion of launch Dahlan Al-Hamad, President of AAA said “Marathon, being the ultimate symbol of extreme grits and guts, people who ever finish the 42.195km run gain tremendous fulfillment and achievement. AAA is proud of being leader of APM Marathon series. As we all have witnessed, the popularity of marathons has grown remarkably fast in the past few years around the world. I believe that APM will undoubtedly further boost the appeal of marathons in Asia. We look forward to making great strides for the bright future of marathons and Asian runners in Asia.”

APM, would be the first ever continental marathon event league in the world, jointly founded by Beijing Marathon, Beirut Marathon, Seoul Marathon and Infront China under the leadership of Asian Athletics Association (AAA). The new league aims to raise the competition level and international appeal of marathon events in Asia as well as attract more high-level Asian athletes to participate in top-tier APM events.

Inaugural season of APM series will start with Beijing Marathon 2017 on 17 September, followed by Beirut Marathon 2017 and Seoul Marathon 2018, and finish with Beijing Marathon 2018. Top 3 men’s and women’s Asian runners (6 in total) will share the half a million USD cash award. Moreover, APM member events will jointly set a ranking and awarding system for all Asian runners.

No.1 Continental Marathon Event in the World

As the first ever continental marathon event league in the world, the establishment of APM marks a pioneering work for the development of marathon in Asia and worldwide.

Beijing Marathon, Seoul Marathon and Beirut Marathon are the three founding members of APM. Beijing Marathon originally founded in 1981 is known as China National Marathon, which is one of the most influential marathon events in China. Seoul Marathon has a broad influence in Asia with a long history that could be traced back to 1931. Despite the youngest marathon event among these three members, Beirut Marathon founded in 2003 is the largest running event in West Asia.

Wang Nan, Vice President of CAA said:” 2017/2018 APM season will start from Beijing Marathon and their cooperation will not only provide a higher level of competitive platform for the participants in Beijing Marathon and assist runners from China and the whole Asia to increase their competitiveness, but also significantly boost the development of local events.”

Anne Zhao, Managing Director of Infront China remarked:” It’s an honor for me to share with you this historic moment belonging to Asia marathon and witness the official launch of Asian Premier Marathons. I, on behalf of Infront China, want to say thank you to AAA and APM members for their trust and recognition. We have spent three year on plowing Active Lifestyle & Endurance sports and accumulate rich experience in the sport. In the future, we will continue to focus on the mass consumption market in sports and do our best to further boost the development of marathon in China and in the whole Asian area.”  

May El Khalil, Founder and President of the Beirut Marathon Association expressed:” The community’s engagement with the Beirut Marathon Association is vital to its success. Charities are the engine of our races. To be part of the Organizing committee of the Asian Pacific Premier Marathon is a great honor to all of us at the Beirut Marathon. A new milestone is achieved today, One that strengthens the bridges between the Middle East and the far East on the social, economic and educational levels, promotes businesses and stakeholders through the Beirut Marathon Platform, grows exchange of sport tourism by having Asian runners at BLOM BANK Beirut Marathon and Arab Runners in all city Marathons belonging to APM.”

Launch event was held ( 21st July) at China Hotel in Beijing in the presence of Mrs. Wang Nan, Vice President of CAA, Mr. Shui Tao, director of Marathon Office of CAA, Mrs. Anne Zhao, Managing Director of Infront China, Mrs. May El Khalil, Founder & President of Beirut Marathon Association.

 

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