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.
Pathumthani, 26 June: Ghazal Majd Eddin of Syria erupted with jubilance after clearing 2.29m in the men’s high jump final which not only brought him his maiden international gold medal but also secured him his 4th World championship participation and a new National record.
Ghazal was determined to win this time and he did it finally after numerous silver place positions in his 8 year career in high jump.
Iran’s Keyvan Ghanbarzadah failed to reply Ghazal’s height and had to settle on the silver medal with 2.26m. Chinese Taipei’s Hsing Chun-hsien took third place clearing 2.23m.
Weng Chunxia of China improved on her personal best in the Discus throw to 62.20m to retain Gold medal. Weng is happy to achieve World Championship qualification but she still need to add few more meters to her personal best to secure berth in the National team.
“I am 4th best in the Country and only 3 can compete in Beijing so I would need to work more on the distance to guarantee my place” said Weng. Her teammate Feng Bin maintained her second place with 58.19m while Thailand’s Subenrat Insaeng could not improve after her first round throw of 57.73m and remained on the third place.
Asian champion Inderjeet Singh of India added 2cm more to his 1st leg performance in the men’s shot put, enough to break existing Grand prix record of 19.84m.
Deeply religious and vegetarian, 130kg giant from the city of Bhiwani of Haryana state of India is confident of spectacular throw in the last leg of the series.
Chinese Guo Yanxing’s last round push earned him silver medal with a distance of 19.26m while his teammate Wang Guangfu managed 18.72m for third place.
As many as 12 athletes remained unbeaten in the second leg and now they all hope to achieve hat trick of winning in the last leg.
3nd and final leg of the Asian Grand Prix 2015 will be held on 29th June from 2:30pm onwards at Chanthaburi, 300km south of Bangkok.
Results are attached here. or photos click here