13 JUN 2012 General News Colombo, Sri Lanka

Ashraf steals the show in Asian Juniors with 80.85m world junior hammer lead

Ashraf Amgad Elseify of Qatar after releasing the Hammer to a world junior lead and Asian Junior record of 80.85m (Rahul Pawar)Ashraf Amgad Elseify of Qatar after releasing the Hammer to a world junior lead and Asian Junior record of 80.85m (Rahul Pawar) © Copyright
The 15th edition of Asian Junior Championships successfully concluded at Sugathadasa Stadium here on Tuesday (12) evening. As usual the team from People’s Republic of China topped the medal tally, but it was a Qatari who hogged the limelight in the four-day event.

Athletes from the gulf nation have dominated in the middle distance races in the recent past. They did so this time as well. However the performance which amazed everyone came from the throwing arena through hammer thrower Ashraf Amgad Elseify. The Qatari came in to prominence when he established a world youth best of 85.26m in Rhede, Germany, last year with a 5 Kg hammer.

He arrived at the Sri Lankan capital as a Gulf junior champion in Al-Kuwait where he created a new Asian junior record and world season leading 79.67m. On the third day of competition here on Monday (11) he bettered his own mark with the 6 Kg implement to 80.85m. Indian junior champion Sukhdev Singh finished way behind with his 65.25m.

"I am confident of this victory and now set my sight on the world junior record of 82.97m," revealed the 17-year-old Ashraf who is now preparing to conquer at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona next month (10-15 July).

Other winners from Qatar include Hamza Driouch in the 1500m, Mohamed Hasim Salah in steeplechase and Barshim Muamer Aissa in High Jump.

Lankans win gold medals after 18 years

Hosts Sri Lanka delivered an exemplary conduct of the championships. More than five hundred athletes from 34 nations took part in the four-day meet.

The island nation was joyous when their quarter-milers impressed with two titles at 400m through Dulaj Madusanka (47.36) and Shiwanthi Kumari Ratnayake (55.91) in junior men and junior women’s categories respectively. Madusanka beat Kimura Kazushi of Japan, while Ratnayake piped Indian Priyanka Mondal to the second place.

It was Sri Lanka’s first-ever gold medals in 400m and the nation’s athletes stood top of the podium after a long wait of eighteen years. In 1994 at Jakarta two of the great stars of yester-years, Damayanthi Darsha (100m) and Susanthika Jayasinghe (200m) brought a gold medal each to Sri Lanka.

Hassan and Ching-Hsien fastest

Iranian Taftian Hassan piped Xie Zhenye of China in the title-clash for fastest athlete to win the junior men’s 100m in 10.49 secs. The Chinese however clinched the 200m dash on the final day wherein Hassan finished third.

Similarly Liao Ching-Hsien of Chinese Taipei took the junior women’s crown in a photo-finish from China’s Lin Huijun in one-hundredth of a second (11.97 to 11/98). Huijun went on to win the 200 while muscle cramps shattered the Taiwanese dream of taking a double as she limped out after 120 metres in that race.

In almost all the days strong head-winds prevent the athletes delivering better marks in sprints and jumps.

Double for Rahul and Mudan

India’s Rahul Kumar Pal had a distance double. While he had a comfortable win over 10000m on the second day of competition, Rahul won the second gold in 5000m on the final day in a thriller from Japan’s Kota Murayama. He challenged the Indian till the post but the experienced Indian Army athlete triumphed at the end.

Chen Mudan, the jump-star from China, outclassed her opponents to take the Long and Triple Jump titles.

China secured the top spot on chart with 15 gold, 5 silver and 3 bronze medals ahead of Chinese Taipei (6-3-6) and India (4-4-5). Hosts Sri Lanka had a unique 2-2-2 in the seventh place.

Vaulters from China set new meet marks through Zhang Wei (5.35) and Xu Huiqin (4.25). In men’s 800m Teng Haining clocked a new time of 1:46.56 on the last day of competition to take revenge of Iranian Driouch’s win in 1500m earlier.

On the first event of the opening day Japanese twins Haruko and Moe Kyuma battled out for the top honours in 5000m. Eventually Haruko pockets the gold with a meet record 16:07.74.

Outside the records best performances came from long jumper Lin Qing (7.96) and shot putter Li Meng (19.95) from China.

Ram. Murali Krishnan for the IAAF

Top Results:

JUNIOR MEN:
100m (9) (-2.3): 1. Taftian Hassan IRI 10.49, 2. Xie Zhenye CHN 10.54, 3. Yousef Ali Al-Shalani KSA 10.64;

200m (12) (-3.9): 1. Xie Zhenye CHN 21.15, 2. Kenta Kimura JPN 21.53, 3. Taftian Hassan IRI 21.60;

400m (10): 1. RA Dulaj Madusanka SRI 47.36, 2. Kimura Kazushi JPN 47.53, 3. Bandar Atiyah Al-Kaabi KSA 47.73;

800m (12): 1. Teng Haining CHN 1:46.56 NMR, 2. Hamza Driouch QAT 1:46.72, 3. Shota Kozuma JPN 1:49.37;

1,500m (10): 1. Hamza Driouch QAT 3:39.85 NMR, 2. Teng Haining CHN 3:43.00, 3. Jamal Al-Hayrani QAT 3:48.11;

5,000m (12): 1. Rahul Kumar Pal IND 14:33.60, 2. Kota Murayama JPN 14:33.67, 3. Keisuke Nakatani JPN 14:58.23;

10,000m (10): 1. Rahul Kumar Pal IND 30:28.95, 2. Kamino Daichi JPN 31:22.10, 3. Takahashi Soushi JPN 31:54.63;

3,000m Steeple (11): 1. Mohamed Hasim Salah QAT 9:04.65, 2. Mohamad Al-Barakati KSA 9:15.81, 3. Le Trong Giang VIE 9:22.28;

110m Hurdles (11) (-2.5): 1. Kongdee Kittipong THA 13.86, 2. Cheng Yun-Yin TPE 13.87, 3. Supun Viraj Randeniya SRI 13.94;

400m Hurdles (12): 1. Ibrahim Mohamed Saleh KSA 51.20, 2. Yuichi Nagano JPN 51.32, 3. Durgesh Kumar Pal IND 51.38;

High Jump (11): 1. Barshim Muamer Aissa QAT 2.16, 2. Yuriy Dergachev KAZ 2.16, 3. Hsiang Chun-Hsieng TPE and Subramaniam Navinraj MAS 2.16;

Pole Vault (9): 1. Zhang Wei CHN 5.35 NMR, 2. Fuji Daiki JPN 4.80, 3. Moho Fahme Zam-Zam MAS 4.20;

Long Jump (10): 1. Lin Qing CHN 7.96, 2. Tomoya Takamasa JPN 7.68, 3. Kumaravel Premkumar IND 7.52;

Triple Jump (9): 1. Fu Haitao CHN 16.38, 2. Pratchaya Tepparak THA 16.25, 3. Mostafa Khosravi IRI 15.31;

Shot Put (9): 1. Li Meng CHN 19.95, 2. Mohammad Omer Abdul Qadri KSA 18.44, 3. Wong Kai Yuen SIN 17.39;

Discus Throw (12): 1. Mojtaba Shabaneh IRI 58.79, 2. Arjun IND 56.61, 3. Behnam Shiri Jabilon IRI 55.72;

Hammer Throw (11): 1. Ashraf Amgad Elseify QAT 80.85 WJL and AJR, 2. Sukhdev Singh IND 65.25, 3. Alhenoal Mobarais KUW 59.86;

Javelin Throw (11): 1. Cheng Chao-Tsun TPE 74.68, 2. Hosseini Seyed Amir Hossein IRI 68.47, 3. Ku Chia-Hao TPE 68.10;

Decathlon (10): 1. Mao Chi-Shun TPE 6252, 2. Alzeed Majeed KUW 5957, 3. Sanaei Jamaladd IRI 5422;

10,000m Walk (12): 1. Kuldeep IND 45:01.43, 2. Daisuke Matsunaga JPN 45:03.01, 3. Zhang Zhi CHN 45:05.27;

4x100m (11): 1 Thailand 40.21, 2. Japan 40.39, 3. Hong Kong 40.67;

4x400m (12): 1. Japan 3:09.64, 2. Saudi Arabia 3:10.63, 3. India 3:11.12;


JUNIOR WOMEN:
100m (9) (-0.8): 1. Liao Ching-Hsien TPE 11.97, 2. Lin Huijun CHN 11.98, 3. Pakdee Khanrutai THA 12.17;

200m (12) (-3.1): 1. Lin Huijun CHN 24.69, 2. Olga Andreyeva KAZ 25.05, 3. Shanti Veronica Pereira SIN 25.09;

400m (10): 1. RM Shiwanthi Kumari Ratnayake SRI 55.91, 2. Priyanka Mondal IND 56.01, 3. Olga Andreyeva KAZ 56.03;

800m (12): 1 Wu Limin CHN 2:07.13, 2. Mizuki Yamamoto JPN 2:08.67, 3. Tatyana Yurchenko KAZ 2:09.60;

1,500m (10): 1. Wang Yanfei CHN 4:23.95, 2. Wu Limin CHN 4:24.36, 3.Saki Yoshimizu JPN 4:26.76;

3,000m (12): 1. Kotomi Takayama JPN 9:27.79, 2. Kim Hyr Gyeeg PRK 9:29.18, 3. Wu Yufeng CHN 9:31.22;

5,000m (9): 1. Haruka Kyuma JPN 16:07.74 NMR, 2. Moe Kyuma JPN 16:08.17, 3. Kim Hyr Gyeeg PRK 16:32.02;

3,000m Steeple (11): 1. Li Ting-Yu TPE 10:44.94 NMR, 2. Mizuki Sado JPN 10:45.07, 3. RAC Jayamini SRI 10:55.76;

100m Hurdles (11) (-12): 1. Wang Dou CHN 13.80, 2. Hsieh Ching-Ju TPE 14.11, 3. Lui Lai Yiu HKG 14.59;

400m Hurdles (12): 1. Nguyen Thi Huyen VIE 59.92, 2. Marina Zaiko KAZ 60.00, 3. Li Pei-Lin TPE 61.45;

High Jump (10): 1. Wu Meng-Chia TPE 1.79, 2. HM Nimesha Siriwardane SRI 1.79, 3. Liu Xiao Yun CHN 1.76;

Pole Vault (11): 1. Xu Huiqin CHN 4.25 NMR, 2. Chuah Yu Tian MAS 3.40, 3. Liu Yu-Yao TPE 3.20;

Long Jump (11): 1. Chen Mudan CHN 6.18, 2. Wu Meng-Chia TPE 6.02, 3. Yuka Suda JPN 6.00;

Triple Jump (12): 1. Chen Mudan CHN 13.67, 2. Dilyara Abuova KAZ 13.35, Hung Pei-Ning TPE 13.01;

Shot Put (10): 1. Lai Li-Chun TPE 14.25, 2. Lee Mina KOR 14.12, 3. Thongchao Sawitri THA 13.98;

Discus Throw (12): 1. Subenrat Insaeng THA 54.08, 2. Navjeet Kaur Dhillon IND 44.78, 3. Jeong Ye-lim KOR 41.32;

Hammer Throw (11): 1. Yan Ni CHN 59.94, 2. Park Seo-jin KOR 54.03, 3. Misaki Fukushima JPN 50.78;

Javelin Throw (10): 1. Liu Shiying CHN 53.02, 2. Yumi Shimabukuro JPN 49.64, 3. Heo Hyo-jeng KOR 45.46;

Heptathlon (12): 1. Purnima Hembram IND 4979, 2. Sunisa Khotseemueang THA 4902, 3. Kirnos Nadezhda KAZ 4585;

10,000m Walk (10): 1. Lee Jeongeun KOR 49:04.60, 2. Wang Yalan CHN 50:01.15, 3. Khushbir Kaur IND 50:39.40;

4x100m (11): 1. Thailand 46.87, 2. Indonesia 47.24, 3. Chinese Taipei 47.32;

4x400m (12): 1. Kazakhstan 3:43.49, 2. Sri Lanka 3:46.76, 3. India 3:49.09