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Yousef Ahmed Masrahi of Saudi Arabia set an Asian record in the 400-metre heats at the world championships

Beijing, Aug 24, 2015- Yousef Ahmed Masrahi of Saudi Arabia set an Asian record in the 400-metre heats at the IAAF World championships on Sunday ( Aug 23), joining a select group of five who have run sub-44 seconds this season. Yousef became the 13th runner in the World to run 400m under 44 seconds.

Masrahi ran the one-lap race in 43.93 seconds to improve the continental record he had already held since last year by a whopping half a second. He crouched down and kissed the track after crossing the line.

In the same heat at the Bird’s Nest, Rusheen McDonald set a Jamaican record in the same time. It further underscored the excellent times that have been run by a slew of contenders this season.

Dahlan Al-Hamad re-elected as Vice President of IAAF

Beijing, Aug 19, 2015- Dahlan Al-Hamad, President of AAA from Qatar has been re-elected as vice president of IAAF in the election held at Great Hall of People in Beijing today.

Other Asian members elected on the IAAF council are as follows - Du Zhaocai (CHN) , Ahmad AL Kamali (UAE), Adille Sumariwalla (IND), Hiroshi Yokokawa (JPN) and Al Saud Nawab Bin Mohammad (KSA).  

Sebastian Coe of United Kingdom was elected as the sixth IAAF President at the 50th IAAF Congress in Beijing, China, on Wednesday.

Records galore in the Silver jubilee edition of the Kosonov Memorial International Athletic meet at Almaty

Aug 1, 2015- As many as six new meet records were set in the recently held 25th edition of the Kosonov Memorial International Athletic meet at Almaty on July 25-26.


Meet is organized in the memory of Guzman Kosanov, silver medallist (4x100m) in the Rome 1960 Olympic Games, then representing USSR, who was the first Olympic Medallist from Kazakhstan.

Athletes from 11 European and Asian countries took part in the meet.

Hassan Taftian of Iran, Former Asian Junior champion and unbeaten in the Asian Grand Prix series 2015 continued his excellent form with blistering 10.10s in the men’s 100m to set new Iranian record as well as meet record. Reza Ghasemi also from Iran finished on the second place in 10.12s. Vitaliy Zemis, upcoming talented youngster from Kazakhstan took third place in 10.35s.

Another Iranian, Mohammed Hussein Abaraghi set new Iranian record in 200m and a meet record with a performance of 20.47s. Reza had to settle again in the second place in 20.68s.

In the women’s 100m, Asian leader Olga Safronova of Kazakhstan won the race in 11.30s however she equalled Asian leading performance of 11.20s in the heats. Olesya Povh of Ukraine finished close second in 11.32 and 400m specialist Yuliya Rakhmanova  of host Kazakhstan took third place in 11.73s

Vitaliy Butrym of Ukraine won men’s 400m with record performance of 45.01s.

Men’s high jump was hotly contested where Batyrkhan Baymukhametov  of Kazakhstan and Keyvan Ghanbarzadeh of Iran both cleared 2.25m, a new meet record. However Baturkhan was announced winner.

Sukhrob Khodyayev of Uzbekistan set new meet record in the men’s hammer throw with a throw of 78.22m. Mergen Mammedov of Turkmenistan finished distant second place with 66.02m. Abderaouf Musoyev of Tajikstan took third place in  57.81.


Women 4x100m relay event was held for the first time and Kazakhstan women team made most of it by winning it with a new national record of 43.30s. Uzbekistan team finished on the second place in 48.70s and third place went to Kyrgyzstan team in 49.95s. 

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Interest of Asia is my priority says Dahlan Al-Hamad, President of AAA

Dahlan Al-Hamad President of AAA with Presidents of Africa,Europe, The Balkans, Russian, Hungarian and German Athletics

Aug 01, 2015 - IAAF, World governing body of Athletics will see change of guards in the forthcoming election ahead of the IAAF World Championship in Athletics in Beijing, China. Prospective candidates has been rallying around the World to gather support for their candidature.

All eyes will be on the result of the President post which is being contested between two legendary athletes Seb Coe of United Kingdom and Sergey Bubka of Ukraine.

214 member federations will also elect IAAF Council which govern the sport. "It is my priority to ensure interest of Asia and Asian candidates are represented well in the new team of IAAF", said Dahlan Al-Hamad, President of AAA who is in Pitesti, Romania to attend the Balkan Championships. 

Tang Gongchen shine in the 3rd leg of Asian Grand Prix 2015

July 5, Singapore- Tang Gongchen (唐功臣) of China set lone Asian Grand Prix record in the third and concluding leg of the Asian Grand Prix Series 2015 held on June 29 at Chanthaburi (Thailand).  

Tang maintained his winning streak in the men’s long jump and top to that he pulled up all his energy to set new personal best of 8.17m and Beijing World Championship qualification. 

India’s Ankit Sharma left disappointed with another silver medal and below par expectations distance of 7.87m. Li Chengbin of China took bronze in 7.82m.

As many as 9 athletes remained unbeaten in the Asian Grand Prix Series 2015.  

Former Asian Junior champion Hassan Taftian of Iran mainatined his supermacy in 100m winning it in 10.41s. India’s Jinson Johnson was jubliant with unbeaten run in men’s 800m, winning it in 1:50.56s. Kuwait’s Yacoub Mohamed Al-Youha won men’s high hurdles  in 13.82s to complete hattrick. India’s Inderjeet Singh emerged strongman of the series winning all three legs in the men’s Shot put. He threw 19.83m to register his third win at Chanthaburi Sports Stadium. He was challenged by Chinese Wang Guangfu who threw his season best distance of 19.55m. 

In the women’s seciton, Viktoriya Zyabkina of Kazakstan clocked 11.40s to win women‘s 100m for the third time. W.K.L.A.Nimali of Srilanka has to dig dip to find an extra energy to emerge winner in the women 800m final and she did it with a performance of 2:06.73s. Experienced Anastasiya Pilipenko of Kazakstan confirtably won women’s 100m hurdles in 13.55s to remained unbeaten in the series. In the throwing events, Bian Ka of China remained unbeaten in the women’s shot put with a distanct of 18.34m.

$150,000 prized series was successfully organised by Athletic Association of Thailand.

Results are attached herewith . Photos can be found here.

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