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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

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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Li Ling improves area record in the pole vault while Adekova set World leading time in 400mh- Day 4 of Asian Championship

21st Asian Athletics Championships - day 4

Li Ling improves her Asian mark by vaulted to 4.66m

Adekoya posts World Leading 54.31 secs in 400m Hurdles

Wuhan, China - 6 June 2015:

The competitions in Asian championships resumed at Wuhan Sports Centre today after a rest day on Friday.

Pole vaulter Li Ling was the cynosure of all eyes as she exhibits enthralling athleticism in front of her home fans on the penultimate day of biennial continental meet on Saturday evening.  

A bronze medalist in the World championships at Moscow two years ago, the Zhubo born Li will be celebrating her 26th birthday exactly one month from now.  

She started her career about a decade ago and came in to limelight when taking a silver medal at Guangzhou Asiad in 2010.  The next year In Asian championships at Kobe she added another silver.  

Thereafter she went on to claim top position at the continental level through Pune Asian championships (2013) and Incheon Asian Games (2014).   Last year also turned out as her memorable season with a win in Continental Cup at Marrakech.

In 2013 Li took the continental mark from her country-mate Gao Shuying as she scaled 4.65m at Shenyang.  Today at Wuhan she added another centimeter to it in front of an enthusiastic number of spectators. 

“I am happy with what I did today.  Now I will be preparing towards another podium finish in this year’s World championship at our national capital Beijing” a jubilant Li Ling revealed after completing her event.

Adekoya posts World Leading mark in hurdles

Bahrain’s Kemi Adekoya was another athlete who delivered outstanding performance in the Asian championships today.

A double gold medalist in last year’s Asian Games at Incheon, the 22-year-old athlete ran a marvelous race to clock a world leading 54.31 secs to notch up the gold in 400m hurdles today.  

In that process the Adekoya also improved upon her personal best and national record for Bahrain. 

The second placed Kira Manami of Japan was almost 3 seconds behind at 57.14 secs while local girl Xiao Xia timed 57.69 secs for the bronze.

Japan’s Yuta Konishi took the men’s race in 49.58 secs.

Gowda defends discus gold

India’s Vikas Gowda successfully defends his title from Pune as he hurled the 2 kg disc to a decent 62.03m.  

Asian record-holder Ehsan Hadadi could not find his rhythm and ended up with 'no mark'.  Kuwaiti Eisa Zankawi (61.57) and Iranian Mahmoud Samimi (59.78) were the other medalists of the day.

The Indians also received another gold medal today through steeplechaser Lalita Babar as the Incheon bronze medalist improved her personal best and national record to 9:34.13 to achieve this honour.  

Bahrain’s Ruth Jebet, who is holding the continental mark in this event, was a non-starter today and that paved the way for the Indian to take the top position.  

Ruth had trouble in losing her title to another Indian Sudha Singh after actually winning the last edition at Pune on eligibility grounds.  She is however went on to claim the gold in the Asian Games at Incheon last year under some dramatic circumstances.   

"Had it been Ruth in the race, I would have pushed race to even more faster said Lalita, now qualified for Rio 2016 was aiming for sub 9:25 performance today. 

China's Li Zhenzhu, silver medalist in the Incheon Asiad ahead of Lalita, could manage only a second place today in 9:41.43. Zhang Xiyan won another medal for the hosts in 9:46.82.

Bahrain's John Koech ran a classic 8:27.03 to win the gold in men’s race. The above time was only the second best of the season behind his own 8:14.75 clocked at IAAF World Challenge in Beijing last month.  

Qatari runner Hashim Salah Mohammed (8:36.02) and another Bahraini Evans Chematot (8:42.76) took the other medals here.

Bahrain’s Asian Games winner El Hassan El Abbassi clinched the gold in men’s 10,000m race in 28:50.71.  Indian G Lakshmanan, who earlier won the bronze medal in 5000m on opening day, took the silver (29:42.81) while Uzebkistan's Andrey Petrov the bronze (30:20.68).

Korean triple jumper Kim Deok-Hyeon upsets home favourites Cao Shuo to win the gold with a leap of 16.86m. Cao cleared 16.77m. Former Asian champion Roman Valiyev takes the bronze in 16.67. Another notable jumper from the host team, Dong Bin, could manage only a fourth place in 16.65m

Huang Shih-Feng of Chinese Taipei finally managed to show his mettle in the men's javelin throw by defeating Ivan Zaytsev (Uzbekistan), defending champion and former champion Yukifumi Marakami of Japan in the men's Javelin throw. Huang Shih-Feng (Chinese Taipei) won the gold by setting out the spear to 79.74m. 

Ogunode en route to a golden double

Femi Ogunode, vie for a sprint double, qualified for tomorrow’s 200m final with a 20.28 secs clocking in the semis today.  Kazakhstan sprinter Viktoriya Zyabkina (23.39) was leading among the women qualifiers.

The morning session also witnessed qualifying rounds in 800m.  India’s Incheon silver medalist Tintu Luka, a top draw here for the gold, easily won her heat in 2:06.33 with Sri Lankan Gayanthika Aberathna a close second at 2:06.51.

Qatar's Incheon Asiad bronze medalist Jamal Al-Hairane posted the leading time of 1:50.28 among the men.

Ram. Murali Krishnan 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

Femi Ogunode upscale his Asian record to 9.91s in 100m

21st Asian Athletics Championships – day 2


Ogunode powered to 9.91 secs Asian Record in the Final


Wuhan, China - 4 June 2015:

As expected Femi Ogunode improved his continental mark in the men's 100m final as he sprinted to a supersonic 9.91 secs (+1.8) to win the Gold ahead of home favourite Zhang Peimeng (10.15) and Iranian Reza Ghazemi (10.19) on the second evening of the Asian championships here.


Japan's Chisato Fukushima takes the women’s title with a wind-aided (+2.5 m/s) 11.23 secs. It was Fukushima's second gold in 100m at Asian championships. Her first victory came way back in 2009 at Guangzhou. She also won a silver medal in this event at the last edition in Pune, two years ago.


Kazakhstan's Viktoryia Zyabkina (11.34) and China's Wei Yongli (11.46) were the other medalists in this event.


Double for Betlhem and Al-Garni


UAE runner Betlhem Desalegn made it a double by winning the 5000m today (15:25.15). She had won the 1500m on the opening day. Her teammate Alia Mohamed Saeed (15:28.74) and Kyrghztan's Daria Masalova (15:42.82) went home with silver and bronze medals in this event.


In what is considered as the Race of the Day, Qatari runner Mohamed Al-Garni become the second runner to secure a “golden double” in the ongoing championships with a season’s best 13:34.47. Bahrain's Albert Rop settled with a silver (13:35.26) while India’s G Lakshmanan took the bronze with a Personal Best 13:36.62. Lakshmanan, employed with Indian Army, improved his previous best by almost 14 seconds for his first ever international medal!


Clean sweep by Chinese discus throwers


Hosts China made a clean sweep in women's discus throw with Su Xinyue taking the top spot by hurling the disc to 63.90m by successfully defending her title from 2013.  Tan Jian (62.97) and Lu Xiaoxin (62.30) accompanied her to the podium in a closely contested competition.


Former Asian junior champion Zhang Wei won the pole vault by scaling 5.60m. There were four other vaulters with 5.50m clearing today at Wuhan. Seito Yamamoto (Japan) and Huang Bokai (China) were lucky to make it to the podium with their quick clearances on the earlier heights.


Long jumper Gao Xinglong inflated the Chinese gold collection by leaping to 7.96m.  Ted Hooper, recently migrated from the United States to Chinese-Taipei, jumped 7.80m—just one cm ahead of another local star Tang Gongchen for the silver.


Tajikistan's triple Asian Games victor Dilshod Nazarov made it easy in the hammer throw with a moderate 77.68m. Qatar's Ashraf Amjad Al-Saifi (76.03) and Chinese Wan Yong (73.40) filled the other places on podium.


Chinese sprint relay quartets secured the gold medals in 4x100m with the men taking it in 39.04 secs.  In the morning heats they clocked 39.02 secs.  The women clocked 43.10 secs for the top spot.


Poovamma, Liksy provide silver lining for Indians


India's Machettira Raju Poovamma repeated her Pune show by securing a silver medal in women's 400m clocking 53.07 secs. The gold in this event went to China's Yang Huizhen (52.37) and the bronze to Kazakh runner Anastasiya Kudinova (53.41).


Poovamma was leading after yesterday's heats with 52.94 scs but could not find improve her time in the Final today.


However the India’s Asian Games bronze medalist Arokya Rajeev could manage only a seventh place finish in the men’s race.


Qatar's new found youngster Abdalelah Haroun set a World Junior Leading time of the year (44.68) for an upset victory over the Asian record-holder and defending champion Youssef Al-Masrahi of Saudi Arabia (45.15).  Masrahi's continental mark stands at 44.43 secs.  Kentaro Sato of Japn was the bronze medalist in a distant 46.09 secs.


Indian heptathlete Liksy Joseph, trailing at sixth place at the end of the opening day, long jumped 6.19m today to move up to 3rd place. Although she could not do well in javelin throw, Liksy powered to victory in the last of her seven events in 800m with a time of 2:13.44 and that brought her the silver medal with personal best 5,554 points, while teammate and former Asian junior champion Purnima Hembram got the bronze (5511).  Uzbekistan’s Ekaterina Voronina was the winner here with 5689 points.


Taiwan's 2011 Asian bronze medalist Chen Chieh is leading in the men's 400m hurdles qualifiers with 49.89 secs while Asian Games double gold medalist Kemi Adekoya (Bahrain) leads the women's with an outstanding 55.84 secs.


Hosts China continued to lead the medal tally with 10 gold, 5 silver and 8 bronze medals. Qatar (4-1-0) and United Arab Emirates (2-1-0) are in the next two spots.


Ram. Murali Krishnan for AAA