17th Asian Games – Incheon, Korea -Preview
The athletics competitions of 17th Asian Games will be held on a
brand new blue track in Incheon Asiad Main Stadium from September 27 to
October 3, 2014. As much as 692 athletes (including 389 women) from 41
countries and territories are taking part in the week-long competitions
in 47 track and field events. Here is an event-wise analysis to show you
the leading athletes to watch in Incheon.
SPRINTS – Ogunode and Al-Masrahi are the favourites
Qatar’s Femi Ogunode was just 19-years-old when he was victorious in Guangzhou Asiad while securing a 200-400m double in 2010. Originally hails from Nigeria, Ogunode migrated to Qatar only the previous year. Femi, reinstated in Jan 2014 after doping suspension, will try for another “double” in Incheon with a different combination (100/200m). He is already the season’s leading performer in Asia in both 100m (10.04) and 200m (20.06) but what makes his job easy will be the withdrawal of top Japanese sprinter Yoshihide Kiryu. Clocked an incredible 10.05 secs this May, Kiryu had to pull out from the Japanese team due to a hamstring injury. In view of the above situation, China’s Su Bingtian (10.06 PB) and Xie Zhenye, the winners of 100 and 200m titles in last year’s Asian championships at Pune, will be the Qatari’s main rivals on the track.
Four years ago Youssef Al-Masrahi was part of a gold winning Saudi Arabian 4x400m relay quartet in Guangzhou. But in the run-up towards Incheon he already added the Asian title from Pune-2013 and also grabbed the continental mark in 400m. Running with Olympians Kirani James (Grenada) and LaShawn Merritt (US), Al-Masrashi etched the Asian Record during his third place finish in Lausanne’s popular Athletissima – a Diamond League meeting – in July. With his nearest rivals are lagging almost a second behind him, the Saudi one lapper looking very strong to win his favaourite event in the Asian Games.
MIDDLE DISTANCES – Redemption time for Sajjad Moradi
Iran’s Sajjad Moradi is a defending champion in 800m and silver medalist in 1500m at Guangzhou. He went to participate in the Asian Games as a junior 12 years ago at Busan 2002, where he finished eleventh in 1500m. After a fortnight he clinched a silver in 800 and bronze in 1500m in the continental junior championships at Bangkok. He had a forgettable outing in Doha four years later as he could not finish his race in 1500m final. However learning from his experience Moradi posted a personal best 3:37.09 to gain a silver medal behind Saudi Arabia’s Mohamed Othman Shahween (3:36.49) in 2010. Two days later at Guangzhou he had emerged as a ‘champion’ in 800m with a noteworthy 1:45.45.
It was in Incheon, Moradi clocked his best time in the two lap race – 1:45.45 – with a bronze medal in Asian championships. The Iranian once again finished outside the podium in last year’s Asian championships at Pune – 4th in 1500m and 8th in 800m. Qatar’s Abdulrahman Musaeb Bala emerged triumphant in Pune and is leading the Incheon start-lists for 800m with a superior 1:44.03 timed at Rieti where he recorded his personal best 1:43.93 last year. Also in Incheon will be Bahrain’s Youssef Saad Kamel (1:42.79 PB) and Saudi runner Abdulaziz (1:44.30) will make things difficult for Moradi. Two other Bahraini athletes – Benson Seurei (3:34.24 SB) and Rashid Ramzi (3:29.14 PB) – are ready to engage in a three-cornered contest with Moradi in the metric mile!
LONG DISTANCES – Bahraini athletes leading the fray
Asian distance running races are now under the control of Bahrain athletes with Albert Rop (13:06.12 in 5000m), El Hassan Elabbasi (27:32.96 in 10000m) and Shumi Dechasa (2:06:44 in Marathon) emerging as the Asian Leaders in their respective events.
Notwithstanding Qatari steeplechaser Ali Abubaker Kamal’s season leading 8:17.27, the line-up includes two much superiors Bahraini barrier crossers in reigning Asian Games gold medalist and Pune winner Tareq Mubarak Taher (8:06.13 PB) and John Koech (8:16.96 PB) to tackle the situation.
HURDLE RACES – Chinese are the best
Chinese hurdlers have been winning 110m hurdles almost in every edition of the Asian Games since 1974. Only in 1982 that the title went to Japan’s Yoshifumi Fujimori. Leading continental hurdler Xie Wenjun (13.23 secs) is looking tall even to his compatriot and reigning Asian champion Jiang Fan. Kuwait’s Abdulaziz Al-Mandeel will be another hurdler having podium ambitions.
Joseph Abraham, the Indian gold medalist in 400m hurdles four years ago, is not in a good shape to defend his title in Incheon. China’s Cheng Wen (49.28 PB) is expected to log horn with Dmitriy Koblov of Kazakhstan, Takayuki Kishimoto of Japan and Ali Khamis Abbas of Bahrain for the top honours.
RACE WALKING – Japan vs China
Yusuke Suzuki is one of the two world leading performers of this year taking part in the Asian Games. The Japanese race walker clocked an incredible 1:18:17 in Kobe this February with teammate Eiki Takahashi (1:18:41) making the team to Incheon in 20km. Chinese pair Cai Zelin (1:18:52) and Wang Zhen (1:17:36 PB in 2012) will provide the expected fight to the Japanese along with local favourite Kim Hyun-Sub (1:19:24) also put in some challenge. Whether India’s K.T. Irfan, who finished a credible tenth place in London Olympics, will crack in to grab a medal in the hot pursuit is a question need to be answered only in the days to come.
Another Japanese duo, Takayuki Tanii (3:41:32) and Yuki Yamazaki (3:40:12 PB in 2009), is leading the fray in the grueling 50 km distance. China’s Wang Zhendong (3:47:18) and Zhang Lin (3:48:49) will fight it out for a medal or two Incheon.
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VERTICAL JUMPS – Barshim raises the bar
Mutaz Essa Barshim is the second Asian athlete leading the world rankings this season. The Qatari high jumper and Guangzhou Asiad victor is a world junior champion in 2010. He went on to win a bronze medal in London Olympics and improved it to a silver position in the world championships at Moscow last year before standing on the top of the podium this year as he crowned in the World Indoor championships at Sopot, Poland.
Barshim improved the Asian record in high jump five times to date. Beginning with 2.39m in Lausanne two years ago that erased Zhu Jianhua’s 2.38m set way back in 1984 to his latest classic 2.43m at Brussels in the first week of this month. Incidentally he improved the AR thrice this year itself. Barshim even made some gallant attempts to better Cuban Javier Sotomayor’s 21-year-old world mark of 2.45m but could not succeed yet. Under ideal conditions the Qatari jumper shall provide a proud moment to the Incheon spectators to witness the first-ever world record in athletics at the Asian Games!
Although ranking second, China’s Zhang Guowei (2.34m) will be the main competitor for Barshim in Incheon. Chinese athletes are having a great tradition in high jump. From the days of Ni Zhiqin (Ni Chih-Chin) to Zhu Jianhua, the country behind the great wall has witnessed some of the popular high jumpers in the World. Barshim had a giant advantage of 12:1 winning ratio over Guowei in their head-to-head encounters. But the Chinese will try his might to topple the applecart with the company of his teammate Wang Yu (2.33m PB) and Japan’s Naoto Tobe (2.31m) in Incheon.
In pole vault the main fight will be between two Chinese athletes. Defending champion Yang Yancheng (5.80m PB in 2013) will clash with last year’s Asian champion Xue Changrui (5.80m PB in 2014). Japan’s Daichi Sawano, who scaled 5.83m in 2005, will take compatriot Seito Yamamoto (5.75) and Korean Jin Min-Sub (5.75) to challenge the vaulters from dragon-land.
HORIZONTAL JUMPS – An Indian among the top contenders
Triple jumper Arpinder Singh is doing the rounds ever since he bettered the Indian record with an excellent leap of 17.17m – a mark that put him on top in both Commonwealth and Asian lists this year. Although he was nowhere near to that distance after a cruel summer day at Lucknow in June, Singh garnered a bronze medal in the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow earlier this year. Last year’s Asian champion Cao Shuo (17.35 in 2012) and his Chinese teammate Dong Bin (17.38 in 2012) looking formidable against the Indian. Also in the fray are four other jumpers with 17+ marks to their credit that includes two from Kazakhstan – Roman Valiyev (17.20) and Yevgeniy Ektov (17.22), one from hosts Korea – Kim Duk Hyung (17.10) and former Indian record holder Renjith Maheswary (17.07m in 2010).
The long jump is a cup of tea for the Chinese as their athletes took the top nine spots in 2014 ranking lists. Li Jinzhe (8.47m) and Gao Xinglong (8.18) has set their personal bests this year and going to Incheon to claim the top two spots. The Koreans are fielding defending Asian Games champion Kim Duk Hyung. Kim leapt a distance of 8.20m five years ago and looking for a ‘double’ this time.
SHOT PUT – Surprise in store
Sultan Abdulmajeed Al-Hebshi of Saudi Arabia had won the gold medals in the Guangzhou Asian Games and Pune Asian championships. His 2009 mark of 21.13m in Qatar Athletics Super Grand Prix remains as an Asian record to date. But the Sulatan’s crown is in danger as new faces started appearing on the arena in recent times. Chinese-Taipei’s Chang Ming-Huang is best among the Asian shot putters this season with a heave of 20.13m. Interestingly he tossed the iron ball to 20.58m three years ago. Mainland China’s Wang Guangfu (20.20m in 2012) and last year’s World University Games silver medalist Inderjeet Singh (19.83m this season) from India are also expected to throw in some keen contest in this event.
LONG THROWS – A non-chinese kaleidoscope
In discus throw India’s Vikas Gowda already emerged as an Asian champion in Pune last year and clinched the Commonwealth Games gold in Glasgow this year. He is leading the continental rankings with 65.62m closely followed by two Iranians Mohammad Samimi (65.46) and Ehsan Hadadi (65.23). Hadadi, the London Olympics silver medalist, has already credited with two back to back gold medals in the Asian Games at Doha (2006) and Guangzhou (2010). He is looking for a ‘hat-trick’ in Incheon and hence promised to provide the tough opposition to the Indian.
Tajikistan’s Dilshod Nazarov looking formidable in hammer throw with his season leading 80.62m. Nazarov had five other 80+ marks to his credit with a personal best of 80.71m recorded last year. In the absence of his Asian record-holder Koji Murofushi of Japan (84.86m in 2003), Nazarov will have an easy task to defend his title in Korea.
Guangzhou winner Yukifumi Murakami (85.96m in 2013) will have to clash with his Japanese teammate Ryohei Arai (85.48m this year) and Uzbekistan’s current Asian champion Ivan Zaytsev (85.03 in 2012) for the top honours in javelin throw. Korean favourite Park Jae-Myong (83.99m in 2004), China’s Zhao Qinggang (83.14m in 2013) and Chinese-Taipei’s Huang Shih-Feng (82.11m in 2013) may pull a surprise or two in this event.
DECATHLON – Karpov vs Japan
Dmitriy Karpov of Kazakhstan, the Athens Olympic bronze medalist, is slow and steady in his progress. Starting with a silver medal in 2002 Asiad at Busan, Karpov went on to win two Gold medals in the next two editions of the Asian Games in Doha and Guangzhou. His performance in 2004 Olympic Games at Athens (8725 points) is still remaining as the continental record for decathlon. Incidentally the top-10 average of his performances (8478) is looking taller than the best marks of Keisuke Ushiro (8308) and Akihiko Nakamura (8035) set in 2014 and that speaks volumes about his caliber.
--Ram Murali Krishnan for AAA
13 September 2014 : Presidents pledge unity for Team Asia-Pacific during IAAF Continental Cup welcome
Over 100 Asian and Pacific athletes have arrived in Marrakesh, Morroco to compete in the 2014 IAAF Continental Cup this weekend. Team Asia-Pacific is unique with two presidents residing over the two continents.
represent 65 IAAF member federations, nearly one-third of the IAAF
associations and 4.5 billion people, about 61% of the world’s
“We are here to represent our continents; we are here to show unity I am sure that all of us feel that way.” Gardiner was in total agreement. “This is the second occasion we have worked together on the Continental Cup and it indicates our growing cooperation between our two area associations,” said Gardiner.
An example of how the two Continents are working together was outlined in a new competition plan for the regions. “We are working on the concept of an Asia-Pacific competition circuit,” said Gardiner. “It allows our top athletes to compete a little closer to home. We are looking at an early season introduction to the global calendar. We think it is an important step for our athletes, rather than them having to travel to Europe for competition. It is a work in progress. We are working hand in hand and the IAAF Council and IAAF President are supportive of our efforts.”
“I join with Dilan in wishing you the very best for the competition,’ said Geoff Gardiner, Oceania Athletics Association President. “You have been selected on world rankings and are capable of going toe-to-toe with the best in the world. I know you will do your very best.”
Tarbotton for AAA
Doha, 9 Sep: AAA President Dahlan Al Hamad Welcomes OCA Asian Youth Athletic training Camp Athletes .
Talented young athletes from around Asia were officially welcomed to the OCA Youth Athletics Training Camp at Aspire Academy for Sports Excellence. The two-week camp is for athletes aged 16-17 and is being co-hosted by OCA and Aspire Academy, focusing on middle distance running and the long jump.
“I see here the future of athletics in Asia. This camp is going to be remembered because some of the faces in the audience will represent their countries in the future at events like Asian and World Championships as well as at the Olympic Games,” added Dahlan Al-Hamad, President of the Asian Athletics Association.
OCA representative Vahid Kardany said the OCA youth camp began in
2009 and stressed the good results of former youth camp participants at
sport events such as the recent Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing.
The OCA training takes place from September 1-14. The athletes are
training daily at the indoor and outdoor track in the morning and the
afternoon. They are supported by coaches and sports scientists of Aspire
Academy who are collecting athletes’ data and giving the athletes and
their personal coaches information they can use in their own training,
both here and when they return home.
Aug 26, 2014: The Asian Athletics Association and Oceania Athletics today announced the Asia-Pacific team for the 2014 IAAF Continental Cup to be held in Marrakech, Morocco on 13-14 September.
Jinhua, 10 July 2014: China AA succesfully organised first ever
China-Japan-Korea Friendship Athletic meeting on 6th July at Jinhua
Sport Center, Zhejiang province of China. Over 120 athletes took part in
14 events. China emerged champion in men, women and overall category.
16th Asian Junior Athletics Championship 2014
| Asian Junior Records
| Season leaders|
Start list - Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4
Results - Day 1| Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4
Photo- Day1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4
Hurdler Kanai and Sprinter Chand delivered impressive marks in Asian junior championships
Taipei City – 15 June 2014
Expectantly China once again took top position in the medal tally with 12 gold, 10 silver and 2 bronze medals. However athletes from other nations steal the show in the four-day meet. Notable among them are Japanese hurdler Taio Kanai, Indian sprinter Dutee Chand, Qatari hammer throwers Ahmed and Ashraf.
Kanai, participating in his first major international competition outside Japan, clocked an outstanding 13.33 secs to win the 110m hurdles from teammate Masahiro Kagimoto (13.51). The above time was a new championship record and placed Kanai fourth in the world junior rankings for the season. If tuned further he will certainly make it to the podium in next month’s IAAF World junior championships at Eugene.
India’s national junior champion Dutee Chand had won two gold medals, one from 200m and another by anchoring her national 4 x 400m relay squad to victory. It could have been three had she made it to Taipei in time. However a confusion in visa application leads the late arrival of Indian team at the venue, hence forced Chand to miss the qualifying rounds for 100m scheduled on the opening day. The Indian sprinter had qualified for the 200m finals with a national junior mark of 23.57 secs and revealed her ambitions clear for others. However realising lesser opposition in finals, Chand ran a relaxed 23.74 secs to pocket the gold. Shanti Veronica Pereira set a Singapore record (23.99) while finished second. Incidentally Dutee Chand was a finalist in last year’s World youth championships and finished sixth in 100m at Donetsk.
Qatar’s World junior champion Ashraf Amjad El-Seifiy successfully defends his Asian junior title in hammer throw (79.71m) with his country-mate and World youth champion Ahmed Amgad Alsify (68.90) taking the silver position behind him on the first day of competitions. However that day belongs to distance runners Maki Izumida of Japan and Daria Maslova of Kyrgyzstan as they were locked in to an unprecedented ‘dead-heat’ in junior women’s 5,000m race. Both of them clocked an identical 16:18.35 (to be precise 16:18.345) and as the photo-finish could not able to separate them hence the duo have been declared as joint-winners.
In junior women’s 3000m steeplechase Nguyen Thi Oanh from Vietnam surprised her compatriots as she posted a new meet mark in 10:27.29 for a comfortable victory over others. However the men’s race saw a stiff competition and tight finish between Qatar’s Musab Alan Ali (9:02.80), Japan’s Takumi Murashima (9:03.35) and Khalil Naseri (9:03.54) of Iran. The Qatari made it a double by winning the 5000m as well.
From the Chinese camp, Liang Xiaojing was fastest among the junior women with 11.58 secs. Triple jumper Wang Rong had a thrilling win over her colleague Li Xiaohong in just 2 cm (13.64 to 13.62m) on the second day. However Li avenged her defeat in long jump (6.27) to Wang (6.15) two days later.
Japan’s Takuya Kawakami (10.47) snatched 100m gold from Sri Lankan Himasha Eashan (10.49) at the wire. Mohamed Hussein Abaraghi was third in 10.50 secs. But the Iranian went to set a new championship record of 20.63 secs in qualification round and then taking the 200m title on the final day. Abaraghi’s teammate Shahin Mehrdelan impressed in shot put with a stupendous 18.85m heave of the 6 kg iron ball.
In yet another thrilling finish Japan’s Ryoko Hirano (2:06.75) grabbed the gold from Indian Jessy Joseph (2:06.77) in 800m. Japan’s 4x100m relay quartet had won in a fast 39.49 secs over Thailand (39.74).
Hosts Chinese-Taipei had won four gold medals. Yu Chia-Hsuan in 400m hurdles (50.49), Hsu Shui-Chang in javelin throw (67.24) in junior men’s section besides Huang Hsiu-Wen in junior women’s hammer throw (56.81) were the notable victors for the host team. Detailed Results link – www. taipei2014.tw
China continue domination on Day 2
Taipei City, 13th June 2014: China maintain lead while Japan closely follow at the end of Day 2 of the 16th Asian Junior Athletics Championship here at the Taipei City Stadium.
In the men's Long Jump final, Qing LIN of China began with 7.90m jump
and ended with a Gold medal winning jump of 7.99m but fail just short of
6cm of Championship record. It was a tie for the second and third place
and Hong Kong's Ming-Tai CHAN jump of 7.70m (second best 7.67m) was
sufficient for the silver medal. Japan's Shoutaro SHIROYAMA got
bronze medal for 7.70m.
16th Asian Junior Athletics Championships
Chinese athletes ruled, but Qatari hammer throwers hog the limelight on day-1
The ‘show-time for youth’ commenced at Taipei Municipal Stadium on Thursday morning with Japanese school girl Kaori Kawazoe takes away the first gold medal on offer in junior women’s 10,000m race walk with a decent time of 50 minutes 38.05 secs. Twin sisters Diana (51:39.77) and Dana (52:13.42) Aidossova of Kazakhstan went home with other medals.
Izumida and Maslova shared the spoils in 5,000m
16th Asian Junior Athletics Championship 2014- Taipei City
The 1st IAAF World Junior Coaches Conference 2014
The 1st IAAF World Junior Coaches Conference will be held in Eugene,
USA, on Monday 28 July, giving the opportunity for coaches from nearly
180 national teams assembled for the 2014 IAAF World Junior
Championships the chance to attend.
Youth Olympic Games 2014 - Asian Area Qualification
21st – 22nd May 2014 – Bangkok Thailand
Start list & Results | Photos
Sung Kanping delivered the best performance of the day in discus throw
Youth Olympic Games – Asian Area Qualifying competition
Xiang Jiabo raised his javelin world lead to 78.69m as super-power China dominates on day-1
Bangkok – 21 May 2014- China’s ace javelin thrower Xiang Jiabo extends his world leading mark as he hurled the 700 grams spear to an amazing distance of 78.69m on the first day of Asian Area Qualifying competition at Thammasat Stadium in the Thailand capital today. His stupendous display put him as a hot contender for gold medal in the 2nd Youth Olympic Games to be held at in Nanjing this August.
Asian 20KM Walking Championship 2014- Nomi-shi JAPAN
March 16, 2014: Hyunsub Kim of South Korea wins Asian 20KM Walking
Championship held at Nomi City in JAPAN with a new South Korean record
timing of 1:19:24. Host Japan walker Yusuke Suzuki finished on the
second place in 1:21:01 while India's Gurmeet Singh logged his best ever
time in Nomi with a third place in 1:21:30.
Asian Grand Prix
Asian Grand Prix Series 2014 will not be held this year. The reason being our two regular hosts, Thailand and China will be Organising two major events, the Asian Youth Games Selection Trials and the Youth Olympic Games, Nanjing, China.- AAA
Asian 20KM Walking Championship 2014
Important Notice: Asian Athletics Association is committed to fight against doping in alignment with the worldwide anti-doping movement. Asian Athletics Association will conduct pre-competition blood testing at the Asian 20KM Race walking Championship to be held in Nomi, Japan on March 16, 2014 in collaboration with IAAF. This will be the first championships to carry out blood testing by AAA. Blood testing will be conducted on the day before the race i.e. March 15, 2014. Appointed athletes will be notified in advance, so the athletes concerned should report to the doping control station as per instruction. Blood sample of 3ml will be collected. A failure to undergo doping control test following the notification will constitute an anti-doping rule violation under IAAF Rule 32.2 (c) and (d). When coming to the doping control station, athletes are required to bring their passport (For Japanese: Driver's license or employee ID card with photo)
Cross Country Championship 2014|
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Asian Indoor Athletics Championship 2014