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Barshim scales 2.31m in Hanoi – Asian junior championships

Qatari high jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim put on a stupendous show as he sailed over 2.31m, a world leading mark for juniors this year, to stamp his class in the 14th Asian junior athletics championships which concluded in the Hanoi on Sunday (4).

Barshim, this year’s Arab junior champion, celebrated his nineteenth birthday just a week before he landed at Hanoi.
His first major title was the gold at the Asian Indoor championships at Tehran, in February.  A product of the Aspire Academy of Sports Excellence in Doha, the ace jumper is now setting his sights on 2010 IAAF World Junior Championships, July 19-25, in Moncton, Canada, and the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.

Qatar also took home three more gold medals through Mohd Al Mannai, who conquered the grueling Decathlon, and Mohamad Al Garn, who took the 800/1500m double.

As expected China topped the medal tables at the four-day meeting with 11 gold, 10 silver and five bronze medals.    

India’s Harvinder Singh sent out the iron ball and chain to a new meet record distance of 71.53m in the men’s Hammer Throw. His countryman Sureh Kumar took the 10,000m title pushing behind two runners from Japan, the traditional regional powerhouse in distance running.

Lee Yen-Lin of Chinese Taipei and Siddarth Thingalaya of India fought it out for the men’s 110m hurdles crown.  Lee obliterated the meet mark with a 13.90 clocking for gold, while the Indian took the silver medal with a 13.96 national junior best.

Thailand’s Chumdee Supachai posted a time of 20.80 in 200m, before adding two more gold medals to his collection as a member his nation’s 400 and 1600m Relay quartets.

Ram. Murali Krishnan for the IAAF

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