Qatar’s Asian sprint champion Samuel Francis became the fastest man in the 4th CISM World Military Games, winning the 100m on Tuesday (16 Oct) evening.
The 20-year-old Francis, originally from Nigeria, set a continental best of 9.99 during his victory in the Asian championships at Amman last July and hence was the outstanding pre-race favourite here.
In the final, Francis faced some opposition from 2004 European Cup victor Lukasz Chyla in the first half of the race but went on to win the race posting a new Games record time of 10.10 bettering the previous mark of 10.18 secs held by fellow Qatari Talal Mansour. Italian Simone Collio (10.29) and Chyla (10.39) took the next two spots.
Athens Olympic silver medallist Zoltan Kovago of Hungary was beaten into second place in the Discus Throw. The reigning European Cup champion Piotr Malachowski took the title with a Games record of 65.87m from Kovago’s 64.38. The bronze went to Rasheed Shafi Al-Dosari of Qatar in 60.03m.
The women’s Long Jump saw a battle for top honours by three athletes better known as triple jumpers. At the end, Olympic silver and World bronze medallist Hrisopiyi Devetzi of Greece won with a leap of 6.69m. Anna Pyatykh (Russia) landed at 6.23m, as Anastasiya Juravleva (Uzbekistan) was just 2 cm short of the silver medal.
Sudan’s Abubakar Ali had won the men’s 400m in 46 seconds flat. Asian champion Prasanna Amarasekara of Sri Lanka could not finish better than third place. The island nation however had a reason to celebrate as Menaka Wickramasinghe won the women’s one lap in a time of 52.93 from Yelena Ildeykina of Russia (54.78).
Mark Kiptoo lived-up a Kenyan tradition by winning the men’s 5000m in 13:51.74. Morocco’s Brahim Beloua with a personal best 13:52.32 finished second just ahead of Algerian Rabah Aboud, who clocked 13:53.74.
The hosts had something to cheer on the second day of athletic competitions as Jeetender Singh of India earned a bronze medal for his country in men’s 400m Hurdles (51.70). The gold went to Edrees Hawsawi of Saudi Arabia (50.25). Brazil’s Thiago Sales captured the silver in 50.97 just ahead of Singh.
Ram. Murali Krishnan for the IAAF
100m (-0.1): 1. Samuel Francis (Qatar) 10.10 (New Games Record); 2. Simone Collio (Italy) 10.29; 3. Lukasz Chyla (Poland) 10.39;
400m: 1. Abubakar Ali (Sudan) 46.00; 2. Daniel Dabrowski (Poland) 46.36; 3. Prasanna Amarasekara (Sri Lanka) 46.48;
5000m: 1. Mark Kiptoo (Kenya) 13:51.74; 2. Brahim Beloua (Morocco) 13:52.32; 3. Rabah Aboud (Algeria) 13:53.74;
400m Hurdles: 1. Edrees Hawsawi (Saudi Arabia) 50.25; 2. Thiago de Jesus Sales (Brazil) 50.97; 3. Jeetender Singh (India) 51.70;
Pole Vault: 1. Florian Suerth (Germany) 5.20; 2. Paul Gensic (United States) 5.10; 3. Matteo Rubbiani (Italy) 5.00;
Discus Throw: 1. Piotr Malachowski (Poland) 65.87 (New Games Record); 2. Zoltan Kovago (Hungary) 64.38; 3. Rasheed Shafi Al-Dosari (Qatar) 60.03;
400m: 1. Menaka Wickramasinghe (Sri Lanka) 52.93; 2. Yelena Ildekina (Russia) 54.78; 3. Josephine Nyarunda (Kenya ) 54.88;
800m: 1. Brigita Langerholc (Slovenia) 2:04.05; 2. Anna Sidorova (Uzbekistan) 2:04.70; 3. Natallia Dziadkova (Belarus) 2:05.85;
Long Jump: 1. Hrisopiyi Devetzi (Greece) 6.69; 2. Anna Pyatykh (Russia) 6.23; 3. Anastasiya Juravleva (Uzbekistan) 6.21;