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DOHA -20 Feb 2016- Another Asian record and six competition records fell on the second day of the 7th Asian Indoor Championships in Doha, Qatar, but it was local star Mohamed Al-Garni’s successful 1500m title defence that commanded the Aspire Dome spotlight.

The 23-year-old exuded overwhelming confidence as he broke from a four-man pack 100 metres from the finish, pounding his chest and motioning to the crowd as he breezed down the homestraight. It was an early celebration that likely added some two seconds to his final time and kept him just 0.07 seconds shy of the Asian record. 

He nonetheless clocked a 3:36.35 competition record, the third fastest performance in the world this season.

“I could have run faster but I was overwhelmed by the crowd’s support and I wasted time celebrating in the final straight,” Al-Garni said. “It’s such a fantastic feeling to win at home.”

Al-Garni added that he isn’t certain about whether he’ll compete at next month’s world championships, choosing to focus instead on sharpening his tactics as the Olympic Games approach.

Benson Seurei of Bahrain, who did most of the early pacing, held off Qatari Said Aden Said’s late race charge to take silver, 3:37.08 to 3:37:29. 

Adekoya and Haroun dominate over 400 metres

As expected, Oluwakemi Adekoya dominated the women’s 400 metres as the 23-year-old Bahraini notched her second Asian record in as many days.

Running in lane five, Adekoya made up the stagger on her chief rival Elina Mikhina to her outside just 100 metres into the race and forged on to win by more than two seconds. her 51.67 performance knocked another 0.01 from the continental record she set in qualifying yesterday.

Adekoya confirmed that she’ll be competing at the world indoor championships but that outdoors her focus would remain on the 400 metres hurdles.

The men’s contest went according to the playbook with local ace Abdelalelah Haroun taking an impressive victory in 45.88, another championships mark.

“I gave all I had left in the tank, but I certainly can go faster,” said Haroun, whose performance was the sixth fastest of the season. “My target here was to win the race, nothing more. Next stop for me is Portland.”

Abubaker Abbas of Bahrain took silver in 46.60, with Mikhail Litvin of Kazakhstan (46.80) third.

Middle Distance Double Triumph For Desalegn

Betlhem Desalegn became the championships' first double winner after her resounding triumph in the 3000 metres. 

The 24-year-old broke from Ruth Jebet of Bahrain and her United Arab Emirates teammate Alia Mohamed Saeed with 80 metres remaining en route to her 8:44.59 run, the fourth fastest time of the year.

“I needed to push hard, to meet the qualification standard for Portland," said Desalegn, who's been hobbled by achilles-related injuries over the past three seasons. "I am still not one hundred percent fit, but I will fight for a medal at the Worlds after finishing sixth (at the 2014 World Indoor Championships in) Sopot."

Jebet clocked 8:47.24 to finish second with Saeed (8:48.62) taking bronze.

Huang Bokai Takes Pole Vault Title at 5.75m

Following Li Ling's lead from the opening night, Huang Bokai secured another pole vault title for China –and for their French coach Damien Inocencio-- with a 5.75m championships record, yet another career best for the 19-year-old. Bokai secured the win after topping 5.70m on his second attempt before sailing clear at 5.75m with his first. He later bowed out with three tries at a would-be 5.82m national record.

Japanese Seito Yamomoto and Hiroki Ogita topped 5.60m and 5.50m respectively to finish second and third.

Likewise, both triple jump titles were claimed for Kazakhstan. 

In the women’s event, Olympic champion Olga Rypakova of Kazakhstan took gold as expected but with a modest 14.32m winning leap.

“The Asian Championships was a just a break from my Olympics preparation, that’s why I wasn’t in a very good shape,” said Rypakova, who confirmed that she’ll be back in Doha for May’s IAAF Diamond League kick-off. 

Johny Mayookha of India, the winner of the long jump, finished second with a 14.00m leap. 

Roman Valiyev took top honours on the men’s side at 16.69m, comfortably ahead of India’s Renjith Maheswary (16.16m).

Elsewhere, Hu Yufei of China leads the men’s heptathlon after day one with 3226 points. Mohmmaed Jasem Alqaree of Saudi Arabia is second with 3193, ahead of Japan’s Takumi Otobe, who tallied 3072.

Uzbekistan's Ekaterina Voronina was confirmed a the winner of Friday’s women's pentathlon with 4224 points. Iran's Sepideh Hossein (3828) and Japan's Chie Kiriyama (3,637) finished second and third respectively.

A protest filed by Iranian officials, against India's Swapna Barman for  a lane infringement in the 800m, was upheld. Barman initially finished second behind Voronina.


Japan's Abdul Hakim Sani Brown awarded with IAAF Rising Star award

Monaco, Nov 26: IAAF: USA’s Ashton Eaton and Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba were named the male and female IAAF World Athletes of the Year for 2015 on Thursday (26).

Both athletes set world records during 2015, Eaton in the decathlon and Dibaba in the 1500m, and won gold medals in these events at the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015.

Ashton Eaton became the first decathlete to win the male World Athlete of the Year award after his spectacular performance in the Chinese capital, his only decathlon of the year, when he set a world record of 9045 and improved his own three-year-old mark by nine points. Notable among his individual events in Beijing was a 45.00 400m at the end of the first day, the fastest one lap of the track ever run within a decathlon.

“Athletes spend the most vigorous years of human life, arguably called the ‘best years’, working to hone their abilities. So, when an athlete competes, what people are witnessing is the manifestation of what a human being is capable of when they choose to direct all of their time and effort towards something.

“I’m grateful and thankful to the IAAF for excellent competitions, the canvases that allow us to display our work.

"While I’m honoured that I am considered the ‘artist’ of the year, I did not beat Usain and Christian; my work simply differed in design. They are some of the most talented and beautiful performers of all time. I’m flattered to be among them.

"I accept this award on behalf of all of us athletes who love what we do.”


Genzebe Dibaba, after setting a world indoor 5000m record of 14:18.86, was then unbeaten in her five 1500m races during the summer. Firstly, she ran an African record of 3:54.11 in Barcelona, the fastest time in the world for almost 12 years, and then topped that with a stunning world record of 3:50.07 in Monaco to beat a mark that had been on the books since 1993. In Beijing, Dibaba was majestic through all three rounds of the 1500m, winning every race comfortably, and she also took a 5000m bronze medal.

“I am humbled and honoured to receive this award from the IAAF," said Dibaba. "It feels so good to be the World Athlete of the Year. “After being a finalist and narrowly missing out on this award one year ago, I am very proud to be recognised by the fans and experts of our sport. “I had a great season and truly enjoyed competing around the world, from Monaco where I managed to establish a world record, to Beijing where I finally captured my first world outdoor title. “I would like to pay tribute to Dafne Schippers and Anita Wlodarczyk who have been incredible all year round. Maybe your time will come next year! “Thank you to all the people who voted for me and supported me. My family, my sisters, my coaches, my partners, my agents and all the people from Ethiopia!


“My focus in 2016 will be the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland and as preparation for that I will try to break the world indoor mile record in Stockholm on 17 February.


“This is a difficult time for our sport and with the Athletes’ Commission we stand together with Sebastian Coe as he deals with the challenges.”  IAAF President Sebastian Coe commented: “While the athletics family is not gathering together as usual in Monaco, we rightly celebrate the marvellous 2015 achievements of the athletes. Foremost, I offer congratulations to our World Athletes of the Year, world champions Ashton Eaton and Genzebe Dibaba. Your performances in 2015 are an inspiration and examples of true sporting excellence.


“A world record when winning a world title is a rare feat and capped two unequalled days of decathlon brilliance from Ashton in Beijing. Genzebe, your win in Beijing was as assured and your 1500m world record a few weeks earlier a run of true grit and determination. We salute you both as we do all our award winners who have been announced today. “Finally I wish to thank all the athletes, coaches, officials who work tirelessly for our wonderful sport. Our appreciation also goes to the media for relaying the excitement of competition and to the fans watching in stadiums, in homes and on the move around the world. Your enthusiastic support made the IAAF World Championships in Beijing the most talked about sports event of the year.”


How the award was decided

Last month the IAAF Family* was asked to vote for athletes from each of the following categories: sprints, hurdles, middle and long distance, road running, race walking, jumps, throws, combined events and multi-terrain.

The top-voted athletes in each category formed the longlist for the World Athlete of the Year, from which an international panel of 10 experts** selected the three finalists. The panel cast their own vote to determine the IAAF World Athletes of the Year.

Other awards


Abdul Hakim Sani BrownAbdul Hakim Sani Brown (JPN) & Candace Hill (USA)                         

Sani Brown, 16, took a 100m and 200m sprint double at the IAAF World Youth Championships Cali 2015, winning in championship records of 10.28 and 20.34, both world-youth-leading times.

Hill, also 16, ran a world youth 100m best of 10.98 before then taking a 100m and 200m double in Cali, winning the longer sprint in a world youth best of 22.43.


Almaz Ayana (ETH)

Almaz Ayana’s triumph over her Ethiopian compatriot and 1500m winner Genzebe Dibaba in the 5000m, with an outstanding display of front running which saw her win by more than 17 seconds in 14:26.33, helped her receive 23.84% of the votes for the performance of the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015 and she deservedly won the IAAF Golden Shoe Award, presented by Adidas.


Bart Bennema (NED)

Bennema, 38, is best known as the coach to the multi-talented world 200m champion Dafne Schippers. The Dutch former international decathlete is also the coach to a number of the Netherlands’ other leading athletes, including double 2014 world junior medallist Nadine Visser.


Pat Butcher (GBR)

Butcher is a writer, journalist, television producer and commentator. He first attended the Olympic Games in 1972. Subsequently, he has covered all IAAF World Championships and Olympic Games as writer and/or commentator since 1980.


David Heath (GBR) & Silke Schmidt (GER)

Former British cross country international Heath won both the M50 800m and 1500m titles at the 2015 WMA World Championships this summer. Heath won the M50 800m exhibition race at the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015 and set a European M50 800m best of 1:58.72.


Schmidt won four W55 gold medals – 1500m, 5000m, 10,000m and half marathon – at the 2015 WMA World Championships this summer. During 2015, she also ran world best times for her category in the 1500m, mile, 3000m, 5000m, 10,000m and half marathon.


*IAAF Family: IAAF & IAF Council members; IAAF national member federations; IAAF Committee & Commission members; IAAF meeting directors; IAAF athlete ambassadors; athletes’ representatives; top athletes; members of the international press; IAAF staff members and the IAAF’s official partners


**The international panel of athletics experts includes representatives from all six continental areas of the IAAF ( Source: IAAF)

83rd Asian Athletics Association Council Meeting conclude in Manila 

Manila, 27 Oct 2015: 83rd Asian Athletics Association Council meeting was held yesterday at Solaire Resorts in Manila, Philippines. Council meeting was chaired by the AAA President Gen. Dahlan Al-Hamad.

AAA Council took important decisions in relation with Asian Athletics programme.

Ranchi city of India is awarded with 2017 Asian Athletics Championships. Dates of the championship will be decided in the next council meeting in Feb 2016. It would be for the third time that India will host Asia’s biggest athletics championship. Council also agreed on number of planning visit to the host city to ensure preparedness of the host for the championship.

AAA Council also awarded 2019 edition of the Asian Championship to the city of Doha. Doha is also hosting IAAF World Championship in 2019.

Karim IBRAHIM, President of Malaysia Athletic Federation has been selected to represent Asia in the IAAF Council.

AAA Council finalized the members of the various committees. List of members is attached 


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AAA Council approves members of various commissions

Asian Athletics Association Council recently approved members of various commissions during the 83rd AAA Council Meeting in Manila.

These members are chosen for their expertise and knowledge of the Athletics by the AAA President Gen. Dahlan Al Hamad .

Members expertise will help to develop Athletics in Asia. List of commission and their members is attached here.

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Aspire Academy today inaugurated the second annual Youth Athletics Coaching Congress in cooperation with the Qatar Athletic Federation (QAF) and the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA). The event, which will run until Tuesday October 20, brings together a large panel of internationally-recognised coaches and sport science specialists to discuss future development in the athletics industry.

 Over three days the high-profile speakers are sharing their profound knowledge about different topics related to the development of youth athletes and more than 250 people registered for this year’s edition of the event. 40 of them are coming from outside of the country and among the people in the audience is also a great number of coaches from Qatari clubs, local and international schools.

Mr. Dahlan Al Hamad, President of the QAF and the Asian Athletics Association (AAA) and Vice President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF); Mr. Ivan Bravo, Director General of Aspire Academy, and Mr. Vahid Kardany, representative from the OCA, welcomed the attendees to the congress and wished them fruitful and productive discussions that positively contribute to the growth of athletics in the region. “Sport has developed from being a hobby to being a science that we must study. We have to adapt to the new concept of sport and in order to do so we need to have qualified coaches. This is one of the most important factors for the success of athletes.  If a coach is able to develop an athlete with the right foundation, and if he provides the appropriate coaching guidance, then he can create a champion”, said Dahlan Hamad.

Before the congress started with first topic, a panel discussion on the “Journey to Excellence” took place, that featured the South African former long-distance runner and Olympic medalist Elana Meyer from South Africa, as well as three outstanding Qatari track-and-field athletes: high jump World Champion and Aspire Academy graduate Mutaz Essa Barshim, middle-distance runner Musaeb Abdulrahman Balla and endurance runner Abubaker Haydar, another Aspire graduate. They talked about their journey, the importance of coaches in their careers and what challenges they had to overcome in order to make the step from youth to senior level.

Following that, a number of technique breakout sessions focusing on running, jumping and throwing were held and the day concluded with a number of practical breakout sessions focusing on the same topics. Day two of the congress will focus on the theme of “Training Elements” and will include event-specific training theory sessions, as well as gym and nutrition masterclass sessions