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Syrian Ghazal scale new heights in High Jump- Asian Grand Prix 2nd leg

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

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Hassan Taftian set Asian Grand Prix record in 100m- Asian Grand Prix 2015 1st leg

Bangkok, 23 June- Hassan Taftian, 22 years old fastest Iranian runner bounced back from hamstring injury which ruled him out of Asian Championship last month to set new Asian Grand Prix record of 10.24s in the 1st leg of AAA Asian Grand Prix Athletics held at National Stadium in Bangkok.  Hassan, former Asian junior champion is upbeat on the remaining two legs where he is hopeful to amend timings further down. Chinese Pan Xinyue clocked 10.44s to grab second spot while Calvin Kang representing Singapore took third place in 10.56s

In the men’s javelin throw, fresh from Wuhan win, Asian champion Huang Shih-Feng of Chinese Taipei launched another 80m plus throw (4th time in 2015) to pocket $1500. Ma Qun of China improved on his Wuhan performance to 78.19m to finish on the second place, pushing teammate Li Yingchang to third place who threw 72.92m.

Asian champion Inderjeet Singh of India fell short of 1cm to equal fellow Indian Navpreet Singh’s Asian Grand prix record of 19.84m. Inderjeet dominated the event with a lead of over a meter to the nearest rival. Chinese duo Wang Guangfu ( 18.82m) and Guo Yanxing ( 18.79m) finished on the second and third place respectively. 

Close contest in the men’s long jump stretched to the last round when Asian championship bronze medallist Tang Gongchen of China jumped to 7.79m to snatch lead from India’s Ankit Sharma who was leading with 7.78m till then. Ankit tried to reply Tang’s jump but in the process got himself injured and finished on the second place.  Another Chinese Li Chengbin finished on the third place with a jump of 7.56m. 

Iranian Keyvan Ghanbarzadeh and Syrian Ghazal Majd Eddin both cleared 2.26m in the high jump but Keyvan was declared winner on the count back. Wang Chen of China finished on the third place with 2.23m clearance.

Viktoriya Zyabkina, Asian champion over 200m and silver medallist in 100m of Kazakhstan emerged clear winner in the 100m with a performance of 11.36s. Viktoriya has recently set new personal best performance of 11.20s in the Kazakhstan National Championship.  Asian junior champion Liang Xiaojing, 19 years old sprinter from China set new personal best performance of 11.52s to claim second place while India’s Srabani Nanda too set new personal best performance of 11.58s to take third place.

Bangkok is very familiar place for Yuliya Rakhmanova, 23 years old runner from Kazakhstan as she spends months training in Bangkok and this comfort has helped her to beat Asian leaders in the Women 400m. Yuliya could not improve her personal best of 52.61s, set a week ago in Almaty but her 53.26s was enough to seal win over Quac Thi Lan (53.29s) of Vietnam and Machithra Poovamma (53.51s) of India. 

In the women’s 800m, late surge from Nimali W.K.L.A. of Srilanka brought her victory over Vietnam’s Do Thi Thao clocking 2:07.18s against 2:07.38s of Do Thi Thao. India’s Gomathi Mrimuth finished on the third place in 2:07.40s.

Anastasiya Pilipenko, Asian silver medallist in 100m hurdles set new season best performance of 13.25s to win women 100m hurdles final.  Wang Dou of China secured second place in 13.40s while India’s Gayathri Govindraj grabbed third place in 13.72s.

Fresh from the victory in the SEA Games, Wanida Boonwan of Thailand sealed another win, equalling season best of 1.86m in the women high jump final. Wang Lin of China cleared 1.83m for second place while Iranian Sepideh Tavakoly Nik finished on the third place with a jump of 1.79m.

Weng Chunxia of China joined 60 plus club in the Women’s discus throw with a personal best performance of 60.82m and a win. Feng Bin also from China threw 58.70m for second place while home favourite Subenrat Insaeng could not deliver big distance and ended on the third place with 57.10m.

2nd leg of Asian Grand Prix 2015 will be held on 25th June from 2:30pm onwards at Asian stadium of Thammasat University Sports Complex located in the outskirt of Bangkok.


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Asian Athletics Association Council and Committee members for the term 2015-2019


Asian Athletics Association member federations recently elected new Asian Athletics Association Council in the Congress held at Wuhan on 1st June 2015. Subsequently newly elected Asian Athletics Association Council met for the first time in the 82nd Asian Athletics Association Council meeting on 2nd June 2015 at Wuhan under the leadership of Gen. Dahlan Al-Hamad, President of AAA. New Council selected various committee members to help council to deliver Athletics development programme in Asia.

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Thailand dominate Southeast Asian Games; Maria and Nguyen Thi set Asian leading performances

Singapore: 28th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Singapore delivered excellent performances from the participating nation athletes. As many as eleven Games Records (GR), 42 National Records (NR), three Southeast Asian Records, and 15 National Junior Records were improved during the six-day (6-12 June) regional multi-sports event held at a new 55,000 capacity modern national stadium.

Most notable performances came from Maria Natalia Londa, Asian Games champion from Indonesia. ; Londa not only defended her titles in long and triple jump but also set new National record and Asian leading mark in the Long jump with distances of 6.70m.

Londa was thoroughly challenged by Vietnam’s Bui Thi Thu Thao who surprised the 24-year-old Indonesian with an opening jump of 6.58m, which is better than her winning mark (6.55m) in Incheon Asiad. Thu Thao then extended the lead to 6.60m, but it was immediately replied by Londa with an impressive record jump of 6.70m, which also secured both gold medal and tickets for 2015 IAAF World championships at Beijing and Rio Summer Olympics next year. "I am thrilled with my success to qualify for my first Olympics, all my hard work in training is paying off, to achieve something in life, you must have true passion, dedication and motivation,” she told TheStar. 

But Thu Thao’s fighting spirit was not terminated. Her next two jumps topped 6.80m, but her foot left visible marks on plasticine that indicates foul. She finally landed at 6.65m in last jump to improve her NR distance and took silver medal home. Philippines’ five-time SEA Games champion Marestella Torres took bronze in 6.41m.

Filipino-American (Phil-Am) Athletes Raise the Norm 

Phil-Am athletes contributed significantly to the Philippines’ medal collection. In men’s 100m, Eric Cray torched his rivals to become the sprint king of the games. He clocked a time of 10.25s (0.0) to renew his NR (10.28s) from the heats. 

Indonesia’s Yaspi Boby and Iswandi took silver and bronze, respectively in a dead heat at 10.45s. Cray, the defending 400m hurdles champion came Singapore with a seasonal best of 10.33s that he set twice recently to erase Ralph Waldy’s Philippines NR by 0.12s. 

Already top-ten on World’s season list, the Texas-based athlete would retain his gold at 400m hurdles easily. He set games record of 49.40s after being urged by Vietnam’s Quach Cong Lich who clocked 50.29s, improving national record over 1.2 seconds.

The Olongapo-born Cray will be representing the Philippines at 400m hurdles in Beijing World Championships in August. 

Meanwhile, Kayla Richardson, 17, the Philippines’ California-born edged Thailand's Tassaporn Wannakit right on the finish line to win the women’s 100m final. Both shared an identical time of 11.76s (-0.4). 

Fellow Phil-Am Caleb Stuart smashed Tantipong Phatchaiya’s hammer GR by over three metres with his third throw of 65.63m, which dethroned the Thai Phetchaiya to second with 62.12m throw. Malaysia’s Jackie Wong threw 61.18m for bronze.

Nguyen Thi Huyen of Vietnam set leading Asian performancei n 400m

Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Huyen is the only athlete in the games who have met the qualifying standard for both World championships and Olympics in two individual events. 

She first destroyed GR at 400m hurdles with 56.15s, and then setting Asia’s leading performance in 400m with 52.00s to secure the gold from a compatriot’s Asian Games silver medallist Quach Thi Lan (52.52s). She finally anchored the 4x400m quartet to another gold medal, therefore a hattrick, with an Asian lead time of 3:31.46s, which is a new GR.

"Success never comes easily, sweet results come after great effort and I will have to try harder in the future," Huyen said who is being coached by Vu Ngoc Loi.

Thailand's dominance continues 

Thailand’s Jamras Rittidet successively amassed his fourth gold at 110m hurdles while breaking GR with 13.69s (+0.2). It was again defeating Malaysia’s Rayzam Shah Wan Sofian (13.97s). 

In women’s 100m hurdles, Rittidet’s training partner and compatriot Wallapa Punsongneun registered 13.56s to regain the gold medal from Indonesia’s 36-year-old Dedeh Erawati, who recorded 13.61s. 

Having thrown over 60 metres this season, Thailand’s Subenrat Insaeng outclassed silver medallist by over 12 metres with her GR throw of 59.56m to retain her discus throw title for three consecutive time.

Thailand team dominated the men’s relays and claimed gold medals from both 4x100m (38.99s) and 4x400m (3:06.81s), but also women’s 4x100m (44.27s). Except Thailand, all other teams in men’s 4x100m broke the NRs, with Singapore (39.24s) and Indonesia (39.32s) that set for silver and bronze, respectively. This was followed by Malaysia (39.67s), Brunei (40.95s), and Laos (41.94s).

According to Malaysian qualifying standard (16.44m), Hakimi Ismail would not make it to the games. Registering a new NR and GR of 16.76m, he remained unbeaten in the men’s triple jump, beating Thailand’s Warunyu Kongnil (16.20m) and Vietnam’s former champion Nguyen Van Hung (15.92m) who upsets Hakimi with last jump of 16.67m in last edition.

Unheralded Thai Kunanon Sukkaew steals the gold from Vietnam’s Quach Cong Lich on the last metres, 46.00s over 46.02s. Both improved their previous bests from 46.98s and 46.99s, respectively.

Double Victories

Vietnam’s Duong Van Thai won double individual gold from men’s 800m (1:51.43) and 1500m (3:47.04s). Teammate Do Thi Thao also won in women’s 800m (2:05.22s) and 1500m (4:28.39s). Indonesia’s “wonder girl” Triyaningsih also achieved similar deed from women’s 5000m (16:18.06s) and 10,000m (33:44.53s), now accumulates a total of 10 gold medals in SEA Games.

Young star shines

Veronica Shanti Pereira set a good example of diligence and ‘achieve the impossible’. The 19-year-old Singaporean delighted the fans with a stunning victory in women’s 200m in a new NR of 23.60s. She beats pre-race favourite Kayla Richardson in second place (23.71s) who arrived SEA Games with a 23.45w performance. 

Vietnam’s Le Trong Hinh, 19, achieved similar feat in men’s 200m. He established a NR of 20.89s to grab gold from Thailand’s Jaran Sathoengram (21.05s) and defending champion Jirapong Meenapra (21.13s).

Malaysia’s Irfan Shamsuddin, 19, hurled the discus to a distance of 56.62m to retain his gold medal, and defeated Thailand’s Narong Benjaroon who threw 52.59m in second.

Thailand’s Porranot Purahong, 19, sets a new GR of 5.30m for gold medal in men’s pole vault. Philippines’ Ernest John Obiena, also 19, took silver after failing to clear the same height in which he managed to clear last month in Busan.

In women’s hammer throw, 17-year-old Mingkamon Koomphon broke GR and NR with a distance of 56.57m. Teammate and defending champion Panwat Gimsrang took silver in 55.47m, while 15-year-old Grace Wong of Malaysia took bronze in 53.80m.

Elsewhere, Thailand’s Asian champs silver medallist Supanara Sukhasvasti Ayudhaya regained gold (7.75m) at long jump, teammate Peerachet Jantra retained his javelin gold (75.18), and Vietnam’s Nguyen Van Hue scored 7232 to win decathlon.

Singapore’s Zhang Guirong now acquired seven SEA Games gold as she won shot put in 14.60m, Thailand’s Wanida Boonwan has finally won high jump gold (1.85m) after three consecutive silver, and Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Thanh Phuc won women’s 20km walk in 1:45:20.

All in all, the performances for the gold medallists in at least six events were even better than those by the winners at the Asian championships last week at Wuhan. In addition, compared to last SEA Games edition, the performances of gold medallists were better in 27 events.

Thailand athletics team became the overall champion with a haul of 17 gold, 13 silver, and 9 bronze. Vietnam collected 11+15+8 in second place while Indonesia in third with 7+4+4. The Philippines in fourth with 5+7+9, and followed by Singapore 3+3+3, and Malaysia 3+2+9. The next SEA Games will be held at Kuala Lumpur in 2017.

Jad Adrian Washif for AAA

China remains on top in Asia- 21st Asian Athletics Championship concludes in Wuhan

21st Asian Athletics Championships – Final day’s report

China finished on top while Barshim fell in downpour to third place

Wuhan, China – 7 June 2015:

Asian record-holder and World Leading athlete of the season, Mutaz Essa Barshim, finished a disappointing third place in high jump on the final evening of the Asian Athletics Championships here.

A heavy downpour washed away the high hopes of the Qatari high jumper as he failed in all his three attempts to clear 2.24m, a height normally considered as a child’s play for the continent’s best jumper ever who jumped 2.40m or more eight times in the last two years! 

“The rain disturbed my concentration.  Moreover I could not warm-up properly due to rain” admitted Barshim after landing with bronze medal with his previous clearance at 2.20m.   He is holding the Asian Record at 2.43m and came to Wuhan with his World Leading 2.41m from Eugene Diamond League meet on May 30.

Japan’s Takashi Eto and Hsiang Chun-Hsieng of Chinese Taipei, with identical 2.24m clearances, received the gold and silver medals respectively.

Recovered quickly from the turn of events in the day, Barshim is now busy packing his things to catch his flight to Oslo (Norway) for Bislett Games, his next stop in IAAF Diamond League meet series to be held on June 11.

Ogunode made it treble with 200 and relay

Sprinter Femi Ogunode accomplished another win 200m (20.32 secs) and went on to anchor the Qatar’s 4x400m relay quartet to a national record 3:02.50.  The relay time was also a new Championship Record.

Saudi Arabia’s Al-Subaie (20.63) and Indian Dharambir (20.66 NR) were the other medalists in the longer sprint. 

Kazakhstan sprinters were 1-2 in women’s race as Viktoriya Zyabkina (23.09) and Olga Safronova (23.46) triumphed in the first track final of the final day of competitions this afternoon wherein another Indian Srabani Nanda (23.54) took the bronze.

Another Qatari Musaab Bala successfully defends his title in 800m clocking 1:49.40 while Jinson Johnson of India in a close contest finished second in 1:49.69.

In fact Qatari athletes won gold medal in men’s track events right from 100m to 5000m.  Mohamed Al-Garni became only the second athlete ever to win a rare 1500-5000m double in the Asian championships history, first being another from his country in Mohamed Suleiman way back in 1991 at Kuala Lumpur.

Running with her trademark start to finish leading run Indian Tintu Luka pockets her first ever international gold medal in the women’s race in a time of 2:01.53, narrowly missing the Rio Olympics qualification. China's Zhao Jing (2:03.40) overwhelmed Sri Lankan Nimali Klarachchige (2:03.94) at the waning stages of the race for the silver.

Chinese field medal sweeps

Hosts China accounted for medal sweeps for women’s triple jump and shot put.  Triple jumper Wang Wupin (13.76m) and shot putter Guo Tianqian (18.59m) were on top in their respective events.  Besides them China were 1-2 in the javelin throw with Liu Shiying taking the gold in a new meet mark of 61.33m.

Incheon Asida winner Alia Mohamed Saeed (UAE) repeats her golden act in women’s 10,000m with another championship record in 31:52.29.  It was her second medal in this championship after a silver behind her teammate Betlhem Desalegn in 5000m. 

Defending champion India went down to China in the women’s 4x400m relay as their anchor Poovamma had some troubling moment due to rain at the last stages of the race that the host team capitalise to their advantage to win in 3:33.44 against the Indians’ 3:33.81.

Japan’s Akihiko Nakamura, a bronze medalist in the Asian Games at Incheon and silver medalist in the last two editions of the Asian Championships, finally won the Gold in men’s decathlon garnering 7,773 points.

In yet another time China climbed to the top position in the medal tally with 15 gold, 13 silver and 13 bronze medals followed by Qatar (7-2-1), India (4-5-4), Japan (4-3-11), Bahrain (3-3-2) and United Arab Emirates (3-1-0).

Ram. Murali Krishnan for AAA