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Li Ling improves area record in the pole vault while Adekova set World leading time in 400mh- Day 4 of Asian Championship

21st Asian Athletics Championships - day 4

Li Ling improves her Asian mark by vaulted to 4.66m

Adekoya posts World Leading 54.31 secs in 400m Hurdles

Wuhan, China - 6 June 2015:

The competitions in Asian championships resumed at Wuhan Sports Centre today after a rest day on Friday.

Pole vaulter Li Ling was the cynosure of all eyes as she exhibits enthralling athleticism in front of her home fans on the penultimate day of biennial continental meet on Saturday evening.  

A bronze medalist in the World championships at Moscow two years ago, the Zhubo born Li will be celebrating her 26th birthday exactly one month from now.  

She started her career about a decade ago and came in to limelight when taking a silver medal at Guangzhou Asiad in 2010.  The next year In Asian championships at Kobe she added another silver.  

Thereafter she went on to claim top position at the continental level through Pune Asian championships (2013) and Incheon Asian Games (2014).   Last year also turned out as her memorable season with a win in Continental Cup at Marrakech.

In 2013 Li took the continental mark from her country-mate Gao Shuying as she scaled 4.65m at Shenyang.  Today at Wuhan she added another centimeter to it in front of an enthusiastic number of spectators. 

“I am happy with what I did today.  Now I will be preparing towards another podium finish in this year’s World championship at our national capital Beijing” a jubilant Li Ling revealed after completing her event.

Adekoya posts World Leading mark in hurdles

Bahrain’s Kemi Adekoya was another athlete who delivered outstanding performance in the Asian championships today.

A double gold medalist in last year’s Asian Games at Incheon, the 22-year-old athlete ran a marvelous race to clock a world leading 54.31 secs to notch up the gold in 400m hurdles today.  

In that process the Adekoya also improved upon her personal best and national record for Bahrain. 

The second placed Kira Manami of Japan was almost 3 seconds behind at 57.14 secs while local girl Xiao Xia timed 57.69 secs for the bronze.

Japan’s Yuta Konishi took the men’s race in 49.58 secs.

Gowda defends discus gold

India’s Vikas Gowda successfully defends his title from Pune as he hurled the 2 kg disc to a decent 62.03m.  

Asian record-holder Ehsan Hadadi could not find his rhythm and ended up with 'no mark'.  Kuwaiti Eisa Zankawi (61.57) and Iranian Mahmoud Samimi (59.78) were the other medalists of the day.

The Indians also received another gold medal today through steeplechaser Lalita Babar as the Incheon bronze medalist improved her personal best and national record to 9:34.13 to achieve this honour.  

Bahrain’s Ruth Jebet, who is holding the continental mark in this event, was a non-starter today and that paved the way for the Indian to take the top position.  

Ruth had trouble in losing her title to another Indian Sudha Singh after actually winning the last edition at Pune on eligibility grounds.  She is however went on to claim the gold in the Asian Games at Incheon last year under some dramatic circumstances.   

"Had it been Ruth in the race, I would have pushed race to even more faster said Lalita, now qualified for Rio 2016 was aiming for sub 9:25 performance today. 

China's Li Zhenzhu, silver medalist in the Incheon Asiad ahead of Lalita, could manage only a second place today in 9:41.43. Zhang Xiyan won another medal for the hosts in 9:46.82.

Bahrain's John Koech ran a classic 8:27.03 to win the gold in men’s race. The above time was only the second best of the season behind his own 8:14.75 clocked at IAAF World Challenge in Beijing last month.  

Qatari runner Hashim Salah Mohammed (8:36.02) and another Bahraini Evans Chematot (8:42.76) took the other medals here.

Bahrain’s Asian Games winner El Hassan El Abbassi clinched the gold in men’s 10,000m race in 28:50.71.  Indian G Lakshmanan, who earlier won the bronze medal in 5000m on opening day, took the silver (29:42.81) while Uzebkistan's Andrey Petrov the bronze (30:20.68).

Korean triple jumper Kim Deok-Hyeon upsets home favourites Cao Shuo to win the gold with a leap of 16.86m. Cao cleared 16.77m. Former Asian champion Roman Valiyev takes the bronze in 16.67. Another notable jumper from the host team, Dong Bin, could manage only a fourth place in 16.65m

Huang Shih-Feng of Chinese Taipei finally managed to show his mettle in the men's javelin throw by defeating Ivan Zaytsev (Uzbekistan), defending champion and former champion Yukifumi Marakami of Japan in the men's Javelin throw. Huang Shih-Feng (Chinese Taipei) won the gold by setting out the spear to 79.74m. 

Ogunode en route to a golden double

Femi Ogunode, vie for a sprint double, qualified for tomorrow’s 200m final with a 20.28 secs clocking in the semis today.  Kazakhstan sprinter Viktoriya Zyabkina (23.39) was leading among the women qualifiers.

The morning session also witnessed qualifying rounds in 800m.  India’s Incheon silver medalist Tintu Luka, a top draw here for the gold, easily won her heat in 2:06.33 with Sri Lankan Gayanthika Aberathna a close second at 2:06.51.

Qatar's Incheon Asiad bronze medalist Jamal Al-Hairane posted the leading time of 1:50.28 among the men.

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Femi Ogunode upscale his Asian record to 9.91s in 100m

21st Asian Athletics Championships – day 2


Ogunode powered to 9.91 secs Asian Record in the Final


Wuhan, China - 4 June 2015:

As expected Femi Ogunode improved his continental mark in the men's 100m final as he sprinted to a supersonic 9.91 secs (+1.8) to win the Gold ahead of home favourite Zhang Peimeng (10.15) and Iranian Reza Ghazemi (10.19) on the second evening of the Asian championships here.


Japan's Chisato Fukushima takes the women’s title with a wind-aided (+2.5 m/s) 11.23 secs. It was Fukushima's second gold in 100m at Asian championships. Her first victory came way back in 2009 at Guangzhou. She also won a silver medal in this event at the last edition in Pune, two years ago.


Kazakhstan's Viktoryia Zyabkina (11.34) and China's Wei Yongli (11.46) were the other medalists in this event.


Double for Betlhem and Al-Garni


UAE runner Betlhem Desalegn made it a double by winning the 5000m today (15:25.15). She had won the 1500m on the opening day. Her teammate Alia Mohamed Saeed (15:28.74) and Kyrghztan's Daria Masalova (15:42.82) went home with silver and bronze medals in this event.


In what is considered as the Race of the Day, Qatari runner Mohamed Al-Garni become the second runner to secure a “golden double” in the ongoing championships with a season’s best 13:34.47. Bahrain's Albert Rop settled with a silver (13:35.26) while India’s G Lakshmanan took the bronze with a Personal Best 13:36.62. Lakshmanan, employed with Indian Army, improved his previous best by almost 14 seconds for his first ever international medal!


Clean sweep by Chinese discus throwers


Hosts China made a clean sweep in women's discus throw with Su Xinyue taking the top spot by hurling the disc to 63.90m by successfully defending her title from 2013.  Tan Jian (62.97) and Lu Xiaoxin (62.30) accompanied her to the podium in a closely contested competition.


Former Asian junior champion Zhang Wei won the pole vault by scaling 5.60m. There were four other vaulters with 5.50m clearing today at Wuhan. Seito Yamamoto (Japan) and Huang Bokai (China) were lucky to make it to the podium with their quick clearances on the earlier heights.


Long jumper Gao Xinglong inflated the Chinese gold collection by leaping to 7.96m.  Ted Hooper, recently migrated from the United States to Chinese-Taipei, jumped 7.80m—just one cm ahead of another local star Tang Gongchen for the silver.


Tajikistan's triple Asian Games victor Dilshod Nazarov made it easy in the hammer throw with a moderate 77.68m. Qatar's Ashraf Amjad Al-Saifi (76.03) and Chinese Wan Yong (73.40) filled the other places on podium.


Chinese sprint relay quartets secured the gold medals in 4x100m with the men taking it in 39.04 secs.  In the morning heats they clocked 39.02 secs.  The women clocked 43.10 secs for the top spot.


Poovamma, Liksy provide silver lining for Indians


India's Machettira Raju Poovamma repeated her Pune show by securing a silver medal in women's 400m clocking 53.07 secs. The gold in this event went to China's Yang Huizhen (52.37) and the bronze to Kazakh runner Anastasiya Kudinova (53.41).


Poovamma was leading after yesterday's heats with 52.94 scs but could not find improve her time in the Final today.


However the India’s Asian Games bronze medalist Arokya Rajeev could manage only a seventh place finish in the men’s race.


Qatar's new found youngster Abdalelah Haroun set a World Junior Leading time of the year (44.68) for an upset victory over the Asian record-holder and defending champion Youssef Al-Masrahi of Saudi Arabia (45.15).  Masrahi's continental mark stands at 44.43 secs.  Kentaro Sato of Japn was the bronze medalist in a distant 46.09 secs.


Indian heptathlete Liksy Joseph, trailing at sixth place at the end of the opening day, long jumped 6.19m today to move up to 3rd place. Although she could not do well in javelin throw, Liksy powered to victory in the last of her seven events in 800m with a time of 2:13.44 and that brought her the silver medal with personal best 5,554 points, while teammate and former Asian junior champion Purnima Hembram got the bronze (5511).  Uzbekistan’s Ekaterina Voronina was the winner here with 5689 points.


Taiwan's 2011 Asian bronze medalist Chen Chieh is leading in the men's 400m hurdles qualifiers with 49.89 secs while Asian Games double gold medalist Kemi Adekoya (Bahrain) leads the women's with an outstanding 55.84 secs.


Hosts China continued to lead the medal tally with 10 gold, 5 silver and 8 bronze medals. Qatar (4-1-0) and United Arab Emirates (2-1-0) are in the next two spots.


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21st Asian Athletics Championships 2015 – Throws Preview



Shot Put:

India’s World University Games silver medalist Inderjeet Singh is leading the Asian Rankings for the season with a superb 20.65m achieved at home during the Federation Cup at the beginning of this month.  

Although he missed a podium finish during the last edition of the Asian championships at Pune, Singh went on to earn a bronze medal in the Asian Games at Incheon last year.  

Inderjeet further confirmed his consistency with another superb toss of 20.42m during the national trials for Universiade at Patiala on 28 May.

In the absence of Saudi Arabia’s gold medalist Sultan Abdulmajeed Al-Hebshi, the Indian’s nearest rival in Wuhan would be Pune and Incheon silver medalist Chang Ming-Huang from Chinese-Taipei, having a PB of 20.58m.  

The mainland China also fielding two throwers with personal bests over 20 metres in Wang Guangfu (20.20) and Tian Zizhong (20.05).


A medal sweep is imminent for China in the women’s section.  Though the hosts are not fielding Gong Lijiao, the top woman for this event in 2015, the next three throwers Guo Tianqian (18.57), Gao Yang (18.46) and Bian Ka (17.53) are likely to wrestle it between them for the top honours.


gowdaDiscus Throw:

Here again an Indian tops in the list as Vikas Gowda, with his 65.75m winning mark in Tritov Invitational at La Jolla (United States) last month, is looking formidable to defend his title from Pune.  


Asian record-holder and London Olympics silver medalist Ehsan Hadadi (Iran, PB: 69.32m) started season with modest 61plus in Eugene Diamond League beaten by Gowda who threw 64.41 for 3rd place. 


Also in the fray are his country-mate Mahmoud Samimi, Pune Silver medalist, and Qatar’s bronze medalist Ahmed Mohammed Dheeb.  


Essa Mohd Garib Al-Zankawi, who sets a Kuwaiti national record 63.22m while winning the Arab championshipshadidi at Manama last month along with Saudi Arabia’s Sultan Mubarak Al-Dawoodi (PB: 60.08m) are also the other athletes to watch in Wuhan.


Another medal sweep is likely for the hosts as defending champion Su Xinyue along with Asiad silver medalist Lu Xiaoxin and bronze medalist Tan Jian represents China in the women’s event.  


There is no Indian entered at Wuhan.  Seema Antil of India was the gold medalist in Incheon Asiad.  


That leaves only last edition’s bronze medalist Li Tsai-Yi of Chinese Taipei and Subenrat Insaeng of Thailand, who recently set a national record 60.09m at Taipei International Open Meet will have to challenge the Chinese on their own turf.


DilshadHammer Throw:

Tajikistan’s Dilshod Nazarov, defending champion and three-times successive Asian Games gold medalist, will be the hot favourite to win again in Wuhan.  


Nazarov leads the continental lists with his 79.36m throw achieved during the 54th edition of Golden Spikes IAAF World Challenge at Ostrava on May 25.  


Qatar’s world junior champion Ashraf Amgad Elseify (76.37), China’s Wang Shizhu (75.20) and Iranian Kaveh Mousavi (75.26) are the ones expecting to make the contest interesting in the Chinese town.


The Chinese are favourite again on the women’s side.


 Incheon Asiad champion Zhang Wenxiu (77.33m), Pune silver medalist Liu Tingting (73.06) and 2012 world junior championship finalist Luo Na (69.81) will have a free ride in Wuhan.



Javelin Throw:

Hosts are preserving Zhao Qinggang, who sets an Asian Record 89.15 to win the Asian Games at Incheon last year, for the World championships.


The same was the case with silver medalist Ryohei Arai of Japan.  Hence it leaves the defending champion and Incheon bronze medalist Ivan Zaytsev (Uzbekistan) to spearhead the competition at Wuhan.  


Two Japanese throwers with excellent personal bests, Murakami Yukifumi (85.96) and Genki Dean (84.28) as also another two from Chinese-Taipei, Cheng Chao-Tsun (81.78) and Huang Shih-Feng (82.11) will have to fight it out for the podium here.


Two bronze medalists, Risa Miyashita of Japan (Pune) and Annu Rani of India (Incheon) will vie for a medal in the women’s group with local girls Liu Shiying (62.77m) and Yang Xinli (61.92m) looking to clash for the gold position and to gain an automatic ticket to the World championships to be held at Beijing, later this year.



With the top guns missing in action at the Asian championships, Japan’s season leader Akihiko Nakamura leading the table in decathlon with 8043 points.  His nearest rivals would come from the host nation in Guo Qi (7804) and Hu Yufei (7582).    


Nakamura is a silver medalist in the last edition of the championships at Pune and won a bronze at the Asian Games last year.


In heptathlon the favourite would be Uzbekistan’s Ekaterina Voronina (5912 pts).  A silver medalist in Pune, Voronina elevated to gold position at the Incheon Asiad.


The hosts are fielding Incheon silver medalist Wang Qingling (5873) while Japan sends Megu Hemphill, who equals the national junior record of 5678 points last month at Wakayama.


Prominent among the other competitors are India’s former Asian junior champion Purnima Hembram (5462), China’s Li Weijian (5509) and Chinese-Taipei’s Chu Chia-Ling (5519).


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Host China Athletes dominates day 1 of the 21st Asian Athletics Championship

21st Asian Athletics Championships


Ogunode sends early warning in 100m while Chinese commenced their gold rush on opening day


Wuhan, China – 3 June 2015: Hosts China acquired half of the Gold medals at stake on the opening day of 21st Asian Athletics Championships which commenced here at Wuhan Sports Centre today.

The athletes from Champion Nation were on top of the podium in four out of eight finals decided on Wednesday.


However the opening day’s attractions include an excellent 100m run by the newest Asian record-holder in that event, Femi Ogunode of Qatar, in the qualifying rounds.  Having commenced with a 10.12 secs in the morning heats, Ogunode went on to clock an impressive 9.97s (+1.1) to win the semi-finals in the evening—a time that erased country-mate Samul Francis’s 2007 performance of 9.99 secs from the record books and also put him as an Asian Leader in that event for this season.   Francis also qualified for tomorrow’s final with a 10.29 secs clocking behind Ogunode in the semis.


China’s Su Bingtian, who earlier posted a national record and season leading 9.99 secs while finishing third in the Prefontine Classic IAAF Diamond League at Eugene (USA) three days ago, is not participating here.


In the women section, Japan’s Chisato Fukushima emerged fastest in the semis with 11.28 secs as she is en route to make sweet revenge to local girl Wei Yongli (11.50) in the final.


Hurdlers led Chinese gold quest

As expected the Chinese hurdlers sparkled in both men and women races.  Asian Games gold medalist Xie Wenjun (13.56) had a comfortable victory over Kuwait’s Abdulaziz Almandeel (13.67) in men’s 110m hurdles.  Korean Kim Byoung-jun filled the podium in 13.75s while defending champion Jiang Fan finished a distant fifth in 13.85 secs. 


Fresh from her victory in the IAAF World Challenge meet at her national capital Beijing less than a fortnight ago, Wu Shuijiao find no difficulty in winning the women’s 100m hurdles clocking 13.12 secs.  Japan’s defending champion Kimura Ayako finished third (13.41) while Kazakhstan’s Anastassiya Pilipenko equaled her season best 13.33 secs for the silver.   


Former world youth champion Lu Minjia takes the long jump with a leap of 6.52m.  Korea’s Jung Soon-ok pips local girl Xu Xiaolong by 1 cm for the silver (6.47 to 6.46m).


Liu Tingting, a silver medalist in the last edition of the championships held at Pune, got upgraded to gold position this time in women’s hammer throw (68.24m).  Her teammate Luo Na made it 1-2 for China with a 64.97m throw in the ball and chain event.  Japan’s Watanabe Akane (59.39m) was the other medalist here.



Al-Garni and Betlhem won metric mile

While Incheon Asiad victor Mohammad Al-Garni (Qatar) got a ‘promotion’ in the men’s race, it was a face-saving win for UAE runner Betlhem Desalegn in the women’s 1500m today.  Al-Garni, silver medalist in Pune, had won the Asian Games gold at Incheon last year.  However Betlhem finished outside the podium in Incheon. 


Al-Garni won the gold in 3:41.42.  Baharain’s Mohammed Tiouali (3:42.43) and Belal Mansour Ali (3:43.67), in close call, had won the next two spots.


In an epic battle that went up to the wire, Betlhem pips Zhao Jing in one hundredth of a second to win the women’s title (4:29.39 to 4:29.40).  Japan’s Iino Maya takes the bronze clocking 4:32.90.


Convincing wins for Radzivil and Inderjeet

Uzbekistan’s Svetlana Radzivil was another athlete who improved upon her previous position in Wuhan.  Radzivil (28), with two back-to-back victories in the Asian Games, was the pre-event favourite here.  However it was a convincing victory for the Uzbekh as Radzivil had earlier won only two silver medals through her appearances in the Asian championships at Kobe (2011) and Pune (2013) prior to this.


Inderjeet Singh, the World University Games silver medalist and Asian Games bronze medalist, raised the Indian flag high to win the men’s shot put with a heave of 20.41m.  Having achieved a continental leading 20.65m at home, the Indian looking to extend the winning ways his countrymen had in this prestigious championship right from its inception in 1973.  With today’s win he had become the eighth Indian ever to win the gold in the biennial meet of Asia. 


Chang Ming-Huang of Chinese Taipei (19.56m) and China's Tian Zhizhong (19.25m) were the other medalists in this event.


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21st Asian Athletics Championships 2015 – Jumps preview


High Jump:

Asian record-holder Mutaz Essa Barshim (2.43m) is high on the cards together with younger brother Muamer Aissa Barshim and host nation’s Zhang Guowei (2.35), the podium-finishers of Incheon Asiad.  

Mutaz is one of the top athletes from Asia competing in the Diamond League at America’s track town Eugene on 29-30 May and travelling to Wuhan thereafter.  

The Chinese also fielding World University Games bronze medalist Wang Yu (PB: 2.33m), anticipating a second medal here.   Iran’s Keyvan Ghanbarzadeh, the joint silver medalist in the last edition at Pune, will be another athlete to watch at Wuhan.

Asian Games winner Svetlana Raddzivil (Uzbekistan) and silver medalist Zheng Xingjuan (China) are the top rated athletes on Wuhan start-lists for women’s high jump.  

Two other Chinese jumpers Wang Yang and Zhang Luyu will attempt to get the minor medals. 

Pole Vault:

In the absence of top two medalists from Pune Asian championships and Incheon Asian Games, bronze medalist Jin Min-Sub of Korea appeared favourite in the men section.

However he is expecting stiff challenge from two Japanese, Yamamoto Seito (5.75m) and Hiroki Ogita (5.70m), as well as three Chinese—Zhang Wei (5.62), Huang Bokai (5.61) and Yao Jie (5.60m)—to tackle a medal at Wuhan.

The Chinese vaulters led by Pune and Incheon gold medalist Li Ling (4.65m) besides Ren Mengqian (4.50) and Xu Huiqin (4.40) are looking for a medal sweep at Wuhan.

Japan’s Incheon silver medalist Abiko Tomomi (4.40) will be the only other athlete for a medal quest here if the Indian federation withdrew national record-holder Sureka from their Wuhan-bound squad.

Long Jump:

Eight athletes who jumped over 8 metres are among the 25 athletes entered here.  The Chinese trio include Pune bronze medalist Tang Gongchen (8.09m), Incheon bronze medalist Gao Xinglong (8.21m) and Huang Changzhou (8.14).

Japan’s Yohei Sugai, who leapt 8.18m ahead of India’s Asian silver medalist Kumaravel Premkumar (8.04) at Mt. San Antonio College Relays at Walnut last month also in for a medal at Wuhan.  

Saudi Arabia’s national junior record-holder Ahmed Fayaz Al-Dosari (8.12) and Ted Hooper, who migrated to Chinese-Taipei from the United States recently, with an 8.08m leap at the beginning of this month at Irvine are also in the fray.  

India fields a second entry in Ankit Sharma, the National Games victor earlier this year with a personal best 8.04m.

From the last edition at Pune, silver medalist Anastasiya Juravleva (Uzbek) and Mayookha Johny (India) are returning to claim a medal at Wuhan.  

Former world youth champion Lu Minjia (6.79m), season leader Zhou Ziaoxue (6.55) and Xu Xiaoling (PB: 6.63) will provide the home challenge in the women’s division.

Japan’s Kai Konomi (6.64) and Korean Jung Soon-Ok (6.76) are the other top guns looking to set the competition on fire.

Triple Jump:

A full set of podium-finishers from last year’s Asian Games — Chinese Cao Shuo and Dong Bin together with Korea’s Kim Deok-Hyeon — will be in action at Wuhan.  

A third entrant from China, Xu Xiaolong, is leading the season’s list with a mark of 16.93m registered at National Grand Prix in Taiyuan a fortnight ago.  

Kazakhstan’s former Asian champion Roman Valiyev (31) and Qatar’s 2010 Asian Games bronze medalist Rashid Ahmed Al-Mannai are the other keen contestants to watch at Wuhan.

Pune Asian champion Anastasiya Juravleva dropped to a disappointing seventh place in last year’s Asian Games at Incheon.  The 14.55m jumper is all set to make amends at Wuhan.  

Her fellow Uzbek Aleksandr Kotlyarova and Kazakh Irina Ektova, the silver and bronze medalists in both Pune and Incheon respectively, will be there while Asian record-holder and Olympic champion Olga Rypakova giving it a miss to the Asian championships.  

Wang Wupin, ranking second in the season with a 14.10m leap behind Rypakova in Asian lists, will lead the host team with former Asian junior champion Li Yanmei (14.35) and world youth silver medalist Wang Rong (14.09).  

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