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February 20, 2016

Li Ling Improves Asian Pole Vault Record to 4.70m- Day 1 Asian Indoors

in 7th Asian Indoor Athletics Championships by AAA
Li Ling Improves Asian Pole Vault Record to 4.70m Another of the evening’s standout performances came in the women’s pole vault where it was China’s Li Ling who dominated. After winning the competition at 4.40m, she added first attempt clearances at 4.50m,… Read More
Feb 19, 2016 3636

Day 2 Preview - 7th Asian Indoor Championships

2016-02-19 - Day 2 Preview - 7th Asian Indoor Championships Seven titles will be up for grabs on day two of the 7th Asian Indoor Championships on Saturday (20 Feb) with Olympic triple jump champion Olga Rypakova commanding much of the spotlight. The… Read More
Feb 18, 2016 3035

Doha to stage best ever Asian Indoor Athletics Championship says Dahlan Al-Hamad

Feb 18, 2016 – Doha. Speaking to a large gathering of journalists on the eve of the 7th AAA Asian Indoor Athletics Championships, Asian Athletics Association (AAA) and Qatar Athletics Federation President Major General Dahlan Al Hamad didn't mince words about… Read More
Feb 17, 2016 2407

84th Asian Athletics Association Council Meeting Doha

Asian Athletics Association Council Meeting begins – IAAF President Lord Coe, QOC Secretary General Dr. Al Kuwari and AAA President Al Hamad officially opened the two-day meeting Doha, 17 Feb 2016 - International Association of Athletics Federations President… Read More
Feb 10, 2016 3202

Olympic gold medallist Olga Rypakova and World Indoors champion Mutaz Barshim lead Asian Indoor Championships’ stellar line-up 

Doha, 10 Feb 2016 - The reigning triple jump Olympic champion, a 2014 World Indoors gold medallist and the winners of 14 disciplines from the previous edition of the Asian Athletics Association’s flagship indoor competition, may be found among the list of 432… Read More
Feb 03, 2016 2019

Musaeb Abdulrahman Balla eyes Asian Indoors glory and record

Doha, 3 Feb 2016 - 2015 had been outstanding for Musaeb Abdulrahman Balla, but it seems that the best is yet to come for the 26-year-old Qatari middle-distance runner. The 800m reigning Asian indoor and outdoor champion has high hopes for 2016, starting from… Read More
Jan 19, 2016 3320

Records are expected to tumble in Doha’s 2016 Asian Indoor Championships

Doha, 19.01.2016 - With exactly one month remaining until the multi-event athletes will set foot in Doha’s magnificent Aspire Dome arena for the Women’s Pentathlon 60m Hurdles heats, to commence the 7th Asian Indoor Athletics Championships action, quite a lot… Read More
Dec 21, 2015 2271

Qatar pledges to organise a memorable sporting event at the 7th Asian Indoor Athletics Championships

Mutaz Barshim to lead Qatar team’s quest to thrive Doha 21.12.2015 - Qatar vigorously prepares to dynamically enter the 2016 athletics season with yet another prestigious international event, the 7th Asian Indoor Athletics Championships, staged on its soil,… Read More

2016-02-19 - Day 2 Preview - 7th Asian Indoor Championships

Seven titles will be up for grabs on day two of the 7th Asian Indoor Championships on Saturday (20 Feb) with Olympic triple jump champion Olga Rypakova commanding much of the spotlight.

The 31-year-old from Kazakhstan returns to the Aspire Dome, the site where she won the Asian indoor title in her specialty in 2008 and the world indoor title in 2010 with a 15.14m leap. That's an Asian record that still stands and ranks Rypakova No. 3 all-time indoors. Rypakova finished third in the long jump on the first day of competition, but looks unstoppable in her main event.

We can however expect a tight battle in the men’s pole vault, where Japan's Seito Yamamoto leads the field. The 23-year-old, who raised the Japanese national record to 5.77m last month in Reno, Nevada, USA, will face compatriot Hiroki Ogita, China's rising star Huang Bokai, and Nikita Filippov of Kazakhstan. Huang, just 19, recently cleared 5.70m to win at a meeting in Gent, Belgium.

In the men’s 1500m, Mohamed Al Garni takes to the track for his first of two title defences. He’ll face Marouane Habti of Bahrain and Mohammed Othman Shaween of Saudi Arabia, the 2012 Asian indoor champion and winner in the event at the 2010 Asian Games.

In the women's 400 metres, Oluwakemi Adekoya of Bahrain underscored her role as favourite after a 51.68 Asian record run in her qualifying round heat. It was a solo effort that suggests she might go even faster in the final if she's pushed by Elina Mikhina of Kazakhstan, the second fastest from the opening round.

On the men's side, the contest is shaping up into a battle between Abdalelah Haroun of Qatar and Bahraini Abubaker Abbas who both dipped comfortably under 47 seconds in the semi-finals, the former impressively in 46.38.

Triple jump honours on the men's side are expected to go to Kazakhstan as well, where Roman Valiyev and Yevgeniy Ektov will battle for the top podium spot. Both have jumps of 17.20m or better outdoors to their credit.

And in the women's 3000 metres, Ruth Jebet of Bahrain, the 2014 world junior champion in the steeplechase and still just 19, will be the woman to beat.

Action will also include the opening round of the men’s and women’s 60 metres hurdles and day one of the men’s heptathlon.