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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.

MEN’s Track Events:

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.

MEN’s Field Events:

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.

The continents represent 65 IAAF member federations, nearly one-third of the IAAF associations and 4.5 billion people, about 61% of the world’s population.
During a team welcome Presidents’ of the two areas, Geoff Gardiner for Oceania and Dahlan Jumaan Al Hamad for Asia, spoke about the desire to work together.
“This is a very great moment if we look to the IAAF as a global Federation, the only two continents who are working together are ours, Oceania and Asia. This is a good example for all continents,” said Al Hamad.

“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.”

TEAM CAPTAINS
Two throwers have been named as the captains of the 2014 IAAF Asia-Pacific team. Competing in her fourth Continental/World Cup, Valerie Adams (NZL) was named the women’s captain, while hammer thrower Dilshod Nararov (TJK), Olympic and World championships finalist is the men’s captain.

BEST WISHES
The Presidents wished the Asia-Pacific all the best “The most important for us is not just to compete but do our best,” said Asian Athletics Association President, Dahlan Jumaan Al Hamad. “If you don’t make the podium this time, you will next time. I am really happy to see you all here.”

“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.”

David Tarbotton for AAA

Image: Team Asia Pacific Presidents Geoff Gardiner (Oceania) and Dahlan Jumaan Al Hamad (Asia) (courtesy of David Tarbotton)

 
   
 




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.

“This camp will add a lot of technical values to the future careers of these young athletes,” he said. “We want to thank Aspire Academy for the opportunity to use these fantastic facilities; we want to thank the coaches for their commitment and everyone else who is involved in this camp in Doha.”

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.

Asia-Pacific team

Men
100m: Femi Ogunode (QAT), Zhang Peimeng (CHN)
200m: Masafumi Naoki (JPN), Ogunode
400m: Yuzo Kanemaru (JPN), Yousef Ahmed Masrahi (KSA)
800m: Abdulrahman Musaeb Bala (QAT), Jeffrey Riseley (AUS)
1500m: Benson Seurei (BRN), Nick Willis (NZL)
3000m: Aweke Ayalew (BRN), Willis
5000m: Zane Robertson (NZL), Albert Rop (BRN)
3000m steeplechase: Ali Abubaker Kamal (QAT), John Koech (BRN)
110m hurdles: Abdulaziz Al-Mandeel (KUW), Xie Wenjun (CHN)
400m hurdles: Michael Cochrane (NZL), Takayuki Kishimoto (JPN)
High jump: Mutaz Essa Barshim (QAT), Zhang Guowei (CHN)
Pole vault: Joel Pocklington (AUS), Xue Changrui (CHN)
Long jump: Henry Frayne (AUS), Li Jinzhe (CHN)
Triple jump: Cao Shuo (CHN), Renjith Maheswary (IND)
Shot put: Sultan Abdulmajeed Al-Hebshi (KSA), Tom Walsh (NZL)
Discus: Sultan Mubarak Al-Dawoodi (KSA), Benn Harradine (AUS)
Hammer: Mohammed Ali Al-Zankawi (KUW), Dilshod Nazarov (TJK)
Javelin: Joshua Robinson (AUS), Ivan Zaytsev (UZB)
4x100m: Masaharu Mori (JPN), Masafumi Naoki (JPN), Yu Onabuta (JPN), Kazuma Oseto (JPN), Kotaro Taniguchi (JPN)
4x400m: Yuzo Kanemaru (JPN), Takamasa Kitagawa (JPN), Naoki Kobayashi (JPN), Julian Jrummi Walsh (JPN), Kaisei Yui (JPN)

Women
100m: Melissa Breen (AUS), Olga Safronova (KAZ)
200m: Breen, Safronova
400m: Louise Jones (NZL), Anneliese Rubie (AUS)
800m: Tintu Luka (IND), Angela Smit (NZL)
1500m: Mimi Belete (BRN), Melissa Duncan (AUS)
3000m: Belete, Duncan
5000m: Tejitu Daba (BRN), Eloise Wellings (AUS)
3000m steeplechase: Ruth Jebet (BRN), Genevieve Lacaze (AUS)
100m hurdles: Ayako Kimura (JPN), Sally Pearson (AUS)
400m hurdles: Kemi Adekoya (BRN), Lauren Wells (AUS)
High jump: Sarah Cowley (NZL), Svetlana Radzivil (UZB)
Pole vault: Alana Boyd (AUS), Li Ling (CHN)
Long jump: Margaret Gayen (AUS), Lu Minjia (CHN)
Triple jump: Linda Leverton (AUS), Li Yanmei (CHN)
Shot put: Valerie Adams (NZL), Gong Lijiao (CHN)
Discus: Dani Samuels (AUS), Yang Yanbo (CHN)
Hammer: Wang Zheng (CHN), second athlete TBC
Javelin: Kimberley Mickle (AUS), Zhang Li (CHN)
4x100m: Yuki Jimbo (JPN), Yuki Miyazawa (JPN), Mizuki Nakamura (JPN), Maho Takamori (JPN), Tomoka Tsuchihashi (JPN)
4x400m: Kendra Hubbard (AUS), Lyndsay Pekin (AUS), Anneliese Rubie (AUS), Jessica Thornton (AUS), Lauren Wells (AUS)

 
   
 




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.

Earlier, Mr. Xiao Tian, Vice Minister of General Administration of Sport of China (GASC) declared meet open. Ceremony was attended by Mr. Du Zhaocai, IAAF Council Member, AAA Senior Vice President and Vice President & Secretary General of Chinese Athletic Association and Ms. Lin Danjun, Vice Mayor of Jinhua.

Gao Xinglong, 21 years old jumper from China won men's long jump with a personal best jump of 8.18m. Korean men 4x100m realy team won the Gold with a new National record timing of 38.74s. Manami Kira of Japan won women 400m hurdles final with a personal best performance of 56.79s.

Xie Wenjun of China won men's 110m hurdles in 13.55s. All participating countries decided to conduct this meeting annually. Next event will be held in Sapporo in Japan. Click here for detailed results.



 
   
 

16th Asian Junior Athletics Championship 2014
12-15 June
Taipei City, TPE


Team Manual | LOC Website
Athletes | Schedule | Championship Records | Asian Junior Records | Season leaders
Start list - Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4
Results - Day 1| Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4
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Medal Tally
 
 




Hurdler Kanai and Sprinter Chand delivered impressive marks in Asian junior championships

Taipei City – 15 June 2014
The rare women’s 5000m spoils followed by an array of good performances were the highlights of 16th Asian junior athletics championships which concluded at Taipei Municipal Stadium on Sunday (15).

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.

Siti Nur Afiqah ABD RAZAK of Malysia won Women 400m Gold medal in 53.93. Liliya MANASIPOVA of Uzbekistan settled on the silver medal with 54.11s. Ngoc HOANG THI gave Vietnam's first medal in the form of Bronze with a timing of 55.36s

Lin WANG of China sailed over new personal best height of 1.88m to win Gold medal in the Women High JUMP. Host nation jumper Ching-Ching LEE won silver medal clearing 1.75m height while Indonesian Nadia ANGGRAINI collect bronze in 1.72m.

Iran's powerful shot putters swept top two places in the Men's Shot Put final. Shahin MEHRDELAN's 3rd attempt and only valid attempt of 18.85m, a new personal best was enough to win over his teammate Shahin JAFARI who managed only two valid throw including silver medal winning throw of 18.64m. India's Shakti SOLANKI was dispoointed with his performance however his last attempt 17.09m gave him hard earned bronze medal.

Pre race favorite Mohamed Nasir E ABBAS of Qatar lived up to the top billing to win men's 400m Gold medal with a performance of 47.31s. Mazen ALYASEN of Sauid Arabia came close to challenge Abbas but had to settled for silver in 47.40s. Sina ROHANIMOAYED of Iran grabbed bronze in 47.50s

Song Mi O of DPR Korea perfectly played underdog to emerge winner in the women's 1500m final clocking 4:28.38s. Yuki NAKAMURA of Japan could not provide answer to late surge of Song and settled on the silver medal with a timing of 4:28.75. Shuang-Shuang XU of China was third with 4:28.78s.

Qatar runners dominated final of the men's 1500m claiming first and second place. Idriss Moussa YOUSSOUF won the with a broad smile in 3:53.36. His teammate Abubaker Haydar H ABDALLA was second in 3:54.74. China's Dong-Xu GAO took bronze medal in 3:56.11s.

Liang Xiaojing of China succesfully shifted from 400m runner to Asia's fastest junior women with a blistering finish in the final of the Women 100m final, winning Gold medal with a new personal best of 11.58s and beating teammate and favorite Qi-Qi YUAN who could managed only 11.64s for Silver medal. Shanti Veronica PEREIRA of Singapore set new national record with a timing of 11.79s and a Bronze medal.

In an exciting finish Takuya KAWAKAMI of Japan upstaged Himasha Eashan WATHTHAKANKANAMGE of Srilanka to emerge fastest athlete of the 16th Asian Junior Athletics Championship. Takuya clocked new personal best performance of 10.47s againist Himasha's 10.49s. Mohammad hossein ABAREGHI of Iran took third place in 10.50s.

Hazuma Hattori student of Toyo University representing Japan won men's 10000m run Gold medal with a performance of 31:10.60s beating India's Sharwan Kharab to second place. Kharb clocked 31:52.37s for Silver medal for India. Yaser Salem Bagharab ran barefoot and gave Yeman's first medal of the championship in the form of Bronze with performance of 32:22.42s.

Shiori TOUMA's last attempt throw was measured 55.75m, a new personal best and a Gold medal for Japan in the Women Javelin Throw. China's Qi-Yan KANG finished second with a throw of 51.97m. Host nation thrower Chu CHANG's first attempt throw of 50.45m helped her to win Bronze medal for Chinese Taipei.

In the men's decathlon Chen-yuan Wang provided first Gold medal for the Host nation while another Chinese taipei decathlete Hung-Yu Lien was awarded bronze medal. Xavier Anthony Leung provided first medal for Hong Kong. He was awarded Silver medal.

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.

In the after-noon session, last year’s world youth championship silver medalist Bo-Kai Huang opened the medal hunt for China with a marvelous 5.25m clearance in pole vault. Triple jumpers Rong Wang (13.64m) and Xiao-Hong Li (13.62m) battled it out for the first two positions with Sri Lankan Vidusha Lakshani filled the podium on her third place leap of 12.87m.

The second Chinese sweep came in shot put where Xu Jia-Qi (16.50m) and Wang Ning-Yue (15.05m) did the trick for gold and silver medals. However what is surprised everyone was Indian record-holder Navjeet Kaur Dhillon’s determined effort to grab a bronze medal with a heave of 14.99m. Navjeet’s effort was commendable due to the fact that she had no time for any rest after an overnight flight or taking food and was lacking a training session to get a feel of the ground.

Izumida and Maslova shared the spoils in 5,000m



Japan’s Maki Izumida and Kyrgyzstan’s Daria Maslova were locked in to an unprecedented ‘dead-heat’ in junior women’s 5,000m race as they both timed an identical time of 16:18.35. As the photo-finish could not resolve determining the first place, both the runners were awarded with gold medals. North Korean Ji Hyang Kim got the bronze in 16:28.13.

Qatar’s World junior champion Ashraf Amjad El-Seify (79.71m) and World youth champion Ahmed Amgad Alsify (68.90m) had no opposition of anything worth as they were easily finished 1-2 in hammer throw. El-Seify however fell short of improving his meet mark of 80.85m that he registered while winning the title in the last edition held at Colombo, Sri Lanka, two years ago. He is holding the world junior record at 85.57m that he made while winning the World junior gold in Barcelona in 2012. His presence in Taipei hugely boosted the status of the championships in a great manner.

With three out of six titles already in their possession, the athletes from mainland China are leading the tables while Japan followed closely with 2 gold medals. -/ Ram. Murali Krishnan for AAA /-

 
 
   
 





16th Asian Junior Athletics Championship 2014- Taipei City
June 11, 2014: More than 650 athletes from 35 Asian Countires will vie for honours in the 16th Asian Junior Athletics Championship in the Taipei City which will be held from 12th-15th June 2014.

The championship was declared open in the opening ceremony held at the Taipei Indoor arena adjucent to the main stadium in the presence of Chinese Taipei Olympic Committe, Chinese Taipei Track and Field Association , Sports Administration of Ministry of Education, athletes , coaches, technical officials, media and volunteers.

Gen. Dahlan AL HAMAD, President of Asian Athletics Association congratulated Chinese Taipei Track & Field Association and Sports Administration of Ministry of Education for hosting first time major athletics event of Asian Athletics Association in Taipei City. He said, this is an important event for young athletes of Asia who are embarking on major journey to become future champion and role model for many young athletes in their home countries. He wished them good competition and good performance. He acknowledged and urged media to support these athletes achievement. He also appreciated the efforts of volunteers who are core to the success of the smooth conduct of the championship. He ended his note with thank you to the sponsors and supporters of the championship.

Eariler, Asian Junior coaches conference and awards were held at Taipei stadium. Gen. Dahlan Al Hamad, president of Asian Athletics Association gave awards to the coaches and spoke of importance of coaches education in moulding of an champion athletes. More than 30 coaches from 25 Asian countries attended the conference

 
   
 

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.

Held at the University of Oregon campus in the Erb Memorial Union Ballroom, near Hayward Field where the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships will be staged between 22-27 July, the Conference will be opened by IAAF President Lamine Diack and features six experts from around the world discussing topics of interest in this category for the coaching profession.

Topics will include the physiological, psychological and training issues relevant to junior athletes, especially prodigious performers at an elite level.

Speakers include: IAAF Director of Development & Member Relations Dept. Malek El-Hebil, Dr Randall L Wilber (USA), Helmar Hommel (GER), Dr Keith Barr (USA), Professor Dr Ulrich Hartmann (GER), Dr Craig Poole (USA).

This Conference will be the latest in the series of coaching seminars promoted and organised by the IAAF as part of its commitment to the development of the sport.

It follows in the footsteps of the very successful 2nd IAAF World Coaches Conference held in Moscow last August, immediately after the conclusion of the 2013 IAAF World Championships. Click here to download Conference brochure

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Youth Olympic Games 2014 - Asian Area Qualification
21st – 22nd May 2014 – Bangkok Thailand

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Sung Kanping delivered the best performance of the day in discus throw

Bangkok – 22 May 2014
Eight athletes (5 boys and 3 girls) extend their winning-streak from Asian Youth Games while an equal number suffered upset defeats as the two-day Asian Area Qualification competition for the 2nd Youth Olympic Games concludes at Thammasat Stadium here on Thursday evening.

The hosts of this year’s Youth Olympics and Asian sporting powerhouse China clinched top spots in 19 out 36 events contested.

Discus thrower Sung Kanping delivered the best performance of the day as she hurled the disc to a personal best to 52.07m – the third best mark among youth athletes in this season for the above event.

On the opening day her colleague Xiang Jiabo increased his World Lead in youth javelin throw with a massive 78.69m while long jumper Zong Peifeng leaped 7.48m – the second best in 2014 to date after Australian Joseph Muller’s 7.49m achieved at Sydney in March.

However Liu Hongliang, holding the world leading mark of 8:14.61 in boys’ 3000m, finished a disappointing third place today by clocking 8:33.46. Bahrain’s Abdo Abdi Ibrahim (8:26.39) and Indian Kisan Tadvi (8:27.87) take away the first two places in this event.

Earlier in the morning Ma Zhenxia opened the Chinese gold haul by race walked to 5,000m in 23:59.22. Promising Indian walker K.T. Neena could manage only a fourth place in her slow time of 26:14.78.

Ding Yuanbo in hammer throw (75.58m) and Dong Yu in girls’ shot put (16.92m) delivered noteworthy performances. Japan’s Hiramatsu Yuji cleared 2.12m national youth record to win the high jump.

Qatar’s Youssour Idriss Moussa ran a tactical 800m in 1:52.70 to win over Bahraini Gelchu Abdi Ali (1:53.84). In that process he also pushed Asian Youth Games champion Lee Sangmin from Korea to third spot in 1:53.96. Bahrain also suffered another defeat in women’s race as Mokonin Desi (2:11.39) finished second to Japan’s Takahashi Hina (2:09.28).

Another Chinese hammer thrower – Xu Xinying – won the girls’ event with a splendid throw measured to 65.13m. Teammate Shang Ningyu was second at 61.75m. Here again another Asian youth champion and local star Mingkamon Koomphon suffered a defeat as she ended in third place with 57.22m.

Two other home favourites – triple jumper Khathawut Meanim and hurdler Witthawat Thumcha – upset the fans as they too suffered defeats in the hands of Chinese athletes. Xu Zhihang takes the 400m hurdles in 50.74 secs in which Thumcha finished second in 51.01s. In triple jump Gao Zhilin emerged winner with a leap of 15.26m whilst Meanim ended in seventh place more than one metre behind at 14.10m. However another Thai, Chakkrit Panthasa, compensated it in a bronze position with a 15.13m jump.

-/ Ram. Murali Krishnan for AAA /-

 
   
 


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.
Indian youth champion Neeraj Chopra was a distant second with 70.54m mark while Korean Kim Woo-jung finished third at 66.43m in the above event.
As expected athletes China, which is going to host the Youth Olympic Games this year, dominated the proceedings right from the beginning. He Xianghong ruled the opening event, boys’ 10000m race walk, clocking a decent 45 minutes 59.06 secs. His teammate Han Jianping pinned the top spot in shot put by tossing the 5 kg iron ball to 18.75m while Zhong Peifeng leaped 7.48m for similar honour in long jump.
After a clean sweep in the morning session, Chinese athletes continue to deliver superlative performances with Ge Lijuan takes on the javelin title in the girls division with a throw measured to 49.91m. Kazakh girl Warwara Nazarova was close second in 49.33 and Indian Pushpa Jakhar with 48.73m finished third.
The first non-chinese to deliver a victorious performance had been Saudi Arabia’s Hussein Assem Al-Hizam. Already holding a world leading mark in youth boys’ pole vault (5.32m) that he registered while winning the Arab junior championships at Cairo earlier this year went on to scale 5.10m at Bangkok for the podium finish. Iraqi Abdulwahid Muntadher (4.95m) and Japan’s Uehara Hibiki (4.85m) took the next two spots behind the Arab vaulter.
Chinese-Taipei high jumper Lee Ching-ching proved she is a cut above the rest as she triumphs the event by sailing over 1.74m. That height was 10 cm above what four other jumpers from different countries managed to clear this evening. Indian metric miler Ajay Kumar Saroj was top in boys’ 1500m race clocking 3:56.47. Bahrain’s Dalila Abdulkadir Gosa took the women’s title in 4:21.61.
The Chinese were back in business with Asian Youth Games champion Cheng Yulong overcame initial hiccups to win the discus throw with a personal best 63.66m. A world youth championship bronze medalist, Yulong was trailing in third place with a non-descript 58.61m after three rounds. However his fourth round 63.66m put him back on the ‘numero uno’ position. His country-mate Zhang Xiangnan, credited with a world leading 65.52m and was leading the fray in the initial stages, finished second with 62.82m.
Kirthana Ramasamy, a Malaysian with Indian-origin parents, provided a stunner in the triple jump as she led the event with her opening 12.80m. Kirthana sealed the top spot on her fifth round 13.03m before improving her personal best to another excellent 13.06m leap in the final round. In that process she improved her PB four times today. Korean Lee Hyeon-Jeong and Kazakh jumper Anna Gorodkova with identical 12.81m took the next two spots.
Mao Guorong of China Naser Salwa Eid from Bahrain took the 400m titles for boys and girls with timings of 47.57 secs and 54.54s respectively. Al-Amrani Bader Ali became the second athlete from Saudi Arabia to attain a podium finish today through his victory in 2,000m steeplechase in a noteworthy 6:03.70. Syria’s Fatima Raya made it a ‘golden day’ for gulf athletics with similar win in girls’ section clocking 7:14.11.
In an interesting dual for the top spot in 110m hurdles Japan’s Kanai Nao clinched the gold in 13.77 secs just ahead of Indian Maymon Poulose, who in the second place improved his national youth best to a marvelous 13.80s. Home favourite Parinya Munaek came third in 13.84s. With a win in 100m hurdles for girls, Nana Fujimori made it a Japanese affair in 13.59 secs. Japan also collected another gold medal through its sprinter Kenta Oshima, who stopped the clock in 10.56m to become the fastest boy of the area qualifying competition. Chinese girls made it 1-2 in the women’s 100m sprint through Liang Xiaojing (11.67s) and Ge Manqi (11.89s) as Taipei’s Hu Chia-Chen went home with a bronze in 11.93 secs. ( Ram Murli Krishnan for AAA)

 
   
 

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.

Tongmei Zhou of China won Women 20km title at the Asian 20KM Walking Championship at Nomi City , Japan with a performance of 1:31:58. Rei Inoue of Japan finished on the second place in 1:32:56. India's Khusbir Kaur who was in lead for most of the race ended up on the third place in 1:33:37, new Indian record. . Final Results

 
 
 
 
 

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)

 
 
Asian Cross Country Championship 2014
Fukuoka (JPN)

22 Feb, Uminonakamichi Seaside Park
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6th Asian Indoor Athletics Championship 2014
Hangzhou (CHN)
15-16 Feb 2014

Schedule & Start List | Records | Results - Day 1 | Day 2 | Medal | Photo

 
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