Satyendra Kumar Singh of India (Rahul Pawar) © Copyright
The 23-year-old revealed that a training stint in Great Britain last year enabled him to improve his technique rapidly and he has already set his next goal, a medal in the Commonwealth Games to be held at New Delhi in October. It was indeed a good jump for Singh from his fifth place finish at Doha two years ago.
Kuwait’s Mohammad Mashari (18.78m) and Iranian Hamid Reza Farahani (18.58m) filled out the podium behind Singh.
Hundreds of fans joined together to sing the Iranian national anthem after Hadi Sephrzad took the men’s Heptathlon gold with 5292 points ahead of teammate Abdul Jalil (5054). Sephrzad was second at the last edition of the championships with 5515 points when India’s P.J. Vinod took the title in 5561. This time around Vinod finished third.
Defending champion Chen beaten in Long Jump
Chen Yaling of China, the defending champion in the women’s Long Jump with a performance of 6.39m, fared badly as she finished second behind Kazakhstan’s Lyudmila Grankovskaya. The Kazakh reached 5.98m for the title while Yaling could only manage 5.95m.
Vietnamese Truong Thanh Hang, a multiple medallist in the biennial South East Asian Games and Asian Indoor Games at Hanoi last November was an easy victor in the 800m. Kyrgyzstan’s Tatyana Borisova, the former Asian 1500m champion and Asian Games medallist, took the silver on her indoor debut.
Roslinda Samsu, the upcoming Malaysian pole vaulter who was second at the inaugural edition of the Asian indoor championships here in 2004 had won this time around with a modest 4.00m clearance. The event went on as a two-horse race as Kazakhstan’s Tatyana Turkova was the only other athlete to challenge the Malay vaulter.
Ram. Murali Krishnan for the IAAF
1. Mohammad Al-Azemi KUW 1:53.22, 2. Musaab Bala QAT 1:54.25, 3. Masato Yokota JPN 1:54.71
1. Mutaz Essa Barshim QAT 2.20, 2. Keyvan Ganbar Zadeh IRI 2.17, 3. Jean Claude Rabbath LIB 2.17
1. Satyendra Kumar Singh IND 19.17, 2. Mohammad Mashari KUW 18.78, 3. Hamid Reza Farahani IRI 18.58
1. Hadi Sephrzad IRI 5292, 2. Abdul Jalil Tomaj IRI 5054, 3. P.J. Vinod IND 4981
1. Truong Thanh Hang VIE 2:12.75, 2. Tatyana Borisova KGZ 2:14.60, 3. Mina Porseifi IRI 2:15.87
1. Wong Wing Sum HKG 8.79, 2. Somayeh Mehra BAN 9.41, 3. Elnaz Company IRI 9.49
1. Roslinda Samsu MAS 4.00, 2. Tatyana Turkova KAZ 3.70 (only two competitors)
1. Lyudmila Grankovskaya KAZ 5.98, 2. Chen Yaling CHN 5.95, 3. Resmi Bose IND 5.93