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Ruth Jebet of Bahrain broke Gulnara Galinka’s eight-year-old world record to win the women’s 3000m steeplechase on a night of eye-catching distance performances at the Meeting de Paris, the 12th stop of the IAAF Diamond League series, on Saturday (Aug 27).

Her time of 8:52.78* shattered the previous mark of 8:58.81 set by the Russian at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, and remarkably is the third sub-nine-minute clocking of the season for Jebet, who took the Olympic title in Rio 12 days ago.

At the pre-competition press conference, Jebet had played down suggestions she could break the mark. But with the pace going out faster than planned, it was clear that something special was in the hot, still Parisian air.

Caroline Tuiging paced the leaders through the first kilometre in 2:56.36, by which time the pack was spread right out behind the lead group of Jebet, Hyvin Kiyeng and second pacer Aisha Praught. Jebet had taken over by the second kilometre, which they passed in 5:54.16.

As they hit the bell in 7:50 the record was in sight, but required a faultless closing lap. That played out until the final barrier, where a slight clip almost threw Jebet to the ground. Yet she recovered, found her stride and celebrated wildly as she crossed the line.

“I’m very happy,” the 19-year-old Bahraini said. “I tried many times to beat the world record, and today we decided to push each other to go for a good time. I was not expecting such a big difference with the record. I think I finished my season today.”

What a way to do it.

Second and third were as they were in Rio: Kiyeng, who had run alongside Jebet until three laps remained, finished in 9:01.96; US record-holder Emma Coburn closed strongly for third in 9:10.86. There were four personal bests behind those three, including a 9:14.28 Oceanian record for Genevieve LaCaze in sixth. (IAAF.org)



Japan's sprinters set new Asian Record in 4x100m relay on route Silver medal in the Rio Olympic Games

Rio, Aug 20, 2016 - Japan men's 4x100m relay team consisting of YAMAGATA Ryota, IIZUKA Shota, KIRYU Yoshihide and CAMBRIDGE Aska not only set Asian record twice but also secured Silver medal, one up from Beijing 2008 with a performance of 37.60s.

China who first set Asian record in the heats ended up on the highly creditable fourth place with 37.90s. Team Jamaica led by legendary Usain Bolt who won his 9th Gold medal in the Olympic Games

Dilshod Nazarov provides first ever Olympic gold medal for Tajikistan in Olympic Games history

Rio, 20 Aug 2016- Dilshod Nazarov of Tajikistan is now an Olympic Hammer Throw Champion.  Competing in his 4th Olympic hammer throw competition, Dilshod did not let this opportunity a miss. His third round throw of 78.07m put him in the lead which he further extended with a gold medal winning throw of 78.68m in the fifth round. 

Dilshod dedicated his victory to the people of Tajikistan and thankful of all the support given by his fans in his bid to be an Olympic Champion. 

First thing Dilshod is doing is to take a flight back to Dushanbe and meet his family and mother Zaytuna who is his coach, mentor, inspiration and caring mother. He can't wait to eat home food and celebrate country's first medal with loved ones.  ( Read more about Dilshod )

Hirooki ARAI of Japan wins Bronze medal in the Men's 50km walk at Rio Olympic Games

Rio, Aug 20, 2016- Competing in 50KM Walk, one of the most gruelling race of the Olympic Games Athletics programme is not for faint hearted and that too in the sweltering heat of Rio city which forced almost 20 walkers to drop out of the race.

Hirooki Arai of Japan took on challenge and completed the race in 3 hours 41 min and 24 sec to finish on the third place but his accidental collision with Canadian Evan Dunfee prompted protest from Canada which was countered by successful appeal by JAAF which ended uncertainty about Arai's medal position.  Finally, Arai could celebrate his success.  "I'm simply pleased," said Arai. "I don't think I did anything wrong. When I met (Dunfee after the decision was reversed) he said sorry and it ended with a hug." 

Download this file (ATM095101_Results_2016_08_19_c59b1b7a_a57b_4fb0_914f_d9388c38274c.pdf)50km walk final results[ ]57 kB

Liu hong fulfill her dream of being an Olympic Champion; wins Gold medal in the Women's 20km walk

Rio, 20 August 2016 - World record holder Liu Hong of China finally struck Gold medal in the women's 20km walk at Olympic Games after 4th in 2008 and 3rd in 2012. Twice World champion Liu beat Mexican Maria Guadalupe GONZÁLEZ by 2 seconds  in the last 20m of the race with a performance of 1:28:35.

Liu knew that Rio's soaring heat and strong winds would make difficult to post good timings so she decided to play waiting game and followed her opponents till the end where she was confident of her sprinting ability towards the end of the race.  

"I knew I could sprint faster in the end" said Liu after. "I have been walking for last 15 years and today I fulfill of dream of being an Olmypic champion" further she said before rushing to meet her husband who was cheering her all the way. 

LU Xiuzhi, young emerging walker also from China secured Bronze medal in 1:28:42.