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.
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