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Manpreet Kaur of India and Cheng Chao-Tsun of Chinese Taipei shine in the 1st leg of Asian Grand Prix 2017 at Jinhua

Jinhua, April 24, 2017: As the Sun set down on the horizon of Jinhua, temperatures dropped to the pleasant level in the Jinhua Sports Centre where over 3000 spectators gathered to witness the 1st leg of Asian Grand Prix 2017 in Jinhua. Over 150 athletes from 19 Asian countries took part in the fast paced 18 event schedule.

Majed El Dein Ghazal of Syria has been on meteoric rise in the high jump, soaring global heat in the men’s high jump with his 2.36m clearance in 2016; started his 2017 season with a jump of 2.27m to win in Jinhua. 

On the other end of the track, two field events were in progress simultaneously; women shot put and men’s Javelin. Both winners of these events registered World class marks. First was Cheng Chao-Tsun who recently set new Chinese Taipei record in the Javelin throw with a distance of 84.77m, fall short of 5cm to improve on it but his second round throw of 84.72m was good enough to beat India’s World Junior Record holder Neeraj Chopra to second place. Neeraj could managed only 82.11m in his 4th round throw. Huang Shih-Feng also from Chinese Taipei took bronze medal with a throw of 80.64m.

Manpreet Kaur of India wasn’t happy with her opening round throw of 16.69m in the women’s shot put. However, she bounced back in the second round with a personal best throw of 18.03m, a new Indian record and first Indian to cross 18m barrier in the shot put. Riding high on her 18m plus throw, Manpreet pushed for more distance in the third round and this time it was 18.86m, 2nd furthest throw in the World this year. Bian Ka of China could not respond to Manpreet’s throw, finishing on the second place with best throw of 17.96m. Song Jiayuan, promising 19 years old youngster from Shanghai won third place with a throw of 17.54m.

Vietnam’s Bui Thi Thu Thao just couldn’t get take off in the long jump, fouling 4 attempts in a row but in the last round jump Bui not only got her take off correctly on the board but also won the first place with a performance of 6.58m, beating V Neena of India who was leading until last round jump with 6.46m. Xu Xiaoling of China finished on the third place with 6.35m.

Feng Bin of China won women's discus throw final with a throw of 61.66m in the Asian Grand Prix 2017 at Jinhua on April 24. Liu XiaoXin also from China finished distant second place with 57.29m while Insaeng Subenrat of Thailand finished on the third place with 55.13m. In the men’s shot put Samari Ali of Iran won first place with a throw of 18.90m

Dong Bin, Olympic 2016 Triple Jump Bronze medallist from China won Gold medal in the men's triple jump with a jump of 16.68m. 

Quach Thi Lan of Vietnam won women's 400m run with a performance of 53.15s while her elder brother Quach Cong Lich had to settle on second place in the men’s 400m with 47.21s. Youssef Mohamed Dagher of Kuwait won the race in 47.19s.

Nadiya Dusonova of Uzbekistan won women's High Jump clearing 1.84m height. Duong Thi Viet Anh of Vietnam and Yeung Man Wei of Hongkong finished on the second and third place respectively clearing identical 1.80m

Herath Induril of SriLanka got better of India's Jinson Johnson in the last stride to claim first place in the men's 800m with a performance of 1:50.69s. Jinson was 0.02s slower with a timing of 1:50.71s. Alzofairi Ebrahim of Kuwait took bronze in 1:51.23s

In the 100m finals, Viktoriya Zyabkina of Kazakhstan won women's 100m run with a performance of 11.44s while host country sprinter Mi hong clocked 10.37s to win men’s 100m.

In the sprint relays, Indonesian team ( Fadlin Ahmad, Iswandi Hamid, Eko Rimbawan, Boby Yaspi) won men's 4x100m relay with a performance of 39.53s beating Thailand's young team to 2nd place ( 40.12s) and Kuwait took third place clocking 41.76s. Kazakhstan won women's 4x100m relay with a performance of 44.50s. Thailand finished second with 45.62s and Host China was third clocking 45.86s.

 Caravan of Asian Athletes will now move to Jiaxing for the second leg of the Asian Grand Prix Athletics 2017 series on April 27.

Attached- Results


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Bhubaneswar (IND) to host 22nd Asian Athletics Championship 2017 - 86th AAA Council meeting

Bangkok, 30 March 2017 : Asian Athletics Association council members gathered in Bangkok for the 86th AAA Council meeting hosted by Thailand Athletics Association on March 30. Council session was inaugurated by Gen. Tanasak Patimapragorn, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand. Gen. Dahlan Al-Hamad, President of Asian Athletics Association presented AAA Plaque to Gen. Tanasak Patimapragorn, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand for supporting Asian Athletics events.

After detailed presentation by Mr. Adille Sumariwalla, President of Athletics Federation of India, AAA Council confirmed Bhubaneswar (IND) as a host of 22nd Asian Athletics Championship to be held from July 6-9 at newly refurbished Kalinga Stadium. Earlier in 2016, Ranchi was awarded as host. However, recently AFI informed AAA about Ranchi's inability to host the championship.

Council also confirmed Dongguan City of Guangdong province in China as a host of 16th Asian Marathon Championship to be held on 26th November 2017. Bangkok will host 2nd Asian Youth Athletics Championship from May 20-23, 2017. 

AAA Council also confirmed Bhubaneswar as next venue for the 87th AAA Council and AAA Congress.

IAAF Diamond League to start from Asia- 1st stop Doha

Stage set for Doha Diamond League

IAAF Diamond League 2017 will begin with Asia and its first stop will be in Doha on 5th May followed by Shanghai in China. 

The Qatar Athletics Federation (QAF) under the leadership of HE Dr. Thani bin Abdulrahman Al Kuwari announced the formation of the Higher Organizing Committee of the 2017 Doha Diamond League to be staged at Suhaim bin Hamad Stadium on May 05.

The  event will feature the following disciplines:

Men’s events: 100m, 400m, 1500m, 3000m, High Jump, Triple Jump and Javelin Throw.

Women’s events: 200m, 800m, 3000m Steeplechase, 100m Hurdles, Pole Vault and Shot Put.

Over the course of the summer, the IAAF Diamond League will cross four continents, 11 countries and 14 cities.

The new championship format will see gripping finals held in Brussels and Zürich at the end of the season.

Kim Hyunsub of Korea and Wang NA of China emerged champions in Asian 20km race walking

Nomi, Japan( 19th March) Every time Kim Hyun-Sub arrived in Nomi (Japan) to compete in Asian walking championship, he has always achieved podium position as well as an improvement in the Korean record but this time he could not break record; however, Kim now 31 years old secured Gold medal for Korea with a performance of 1:19:50hrs to become Asian 20km walking champion for the 3rd time. Kim, World championship medallist (2011) started with slow 19:43 for first 5k and by the time 10k mark crossed, he was in the leading group. Yamanishi of Japan tried to hold him at 15km mark but Kim was pushing his lead. Kim finished the race with almost a minute ahead of Georgiy Sheiko of Kazakhstan (1:20:47) and India’s Ifran Thodi (1:20:59).

In the Women’s 20KM Race walking, China’s Wang Na comfortably won the Gold medal for China with a performance of 1:30:51hrs. Host walker Kumiko Okada finished on the second place with a performance of 1:33:31 while Yeongeun Jeon of Korea took third place in 1:34:35hrs.

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Results attached


Monaco, Dec3, 2016 - The IAAF Special Congress delivered a 95% vote in favour of a resolution for constitutional reform which will be delivered in two stages, 1 January 2017 and 1 January 2019, issuing in a new era of transparent and accountable sports administration.

In his opening address, IAAF President Sebastian Coe had urged the 197 national member federations who were represented in the Congress room to back the governance structure reforms which were the basis for the constitutional reform.

“We must protect our sport,” said Coe. “We must put in place the structures that will keep our sport and athletes safe on and off the field of play, in and out of the stadium. It is bad enough that any of this happened once BUT it cannot happen a second time. Not on our watch and not on anyone else’s watch. We have to step up and ensure the walls are never too high again and that checks and balances are in place and working.”