Bahraini distance star Majed Saleh Bashir won his second gold by winning the 3000m Steeplechase to highlight the second day of the Asian junior Championships on Friday (13 June).
Majed made his country proud by winning the 10,000m in Gulf confederation championships at Qatif, Saudi Arabia, just before he turned 18. At Jakarta, he opened his account with a victory in the 10,000m on the opening day before his 8:56.90 win in the Steeplechase. He is also expected to compete the 5000m on Sunday.
The junior men’s Long Jump event saw an interesting battle between China’s Weng Yongfeng and Saudi Arabia’s Mubarak Al-Jaseer. At the end Yongfeng jumped to a personal best 8.05m to rewrite the meet mark.
Jinthara and Chun-Ho fastest
Thailand has a rich tradition for sprinters. Now is time for the young women to keep the tradition with Jinthara Seangdee beating back the challenge from Han Hui-jiang of China to clinch the women’s 100m title in 11.75 secs.
Hong Kong’s Lai Chun Ho, fresh from his national junior mark of 10.38 set in his home at the beginning of the month, took the men's junior 100m in 10.43 secs. He was barely 17 when finished seventh in the last edition at Macau two years ago. Sri Lanka’s Shehan Ambepitiya, double victor at the South Asian Junior Championships at Colombo last year, overpowered another Hong Kong sprinter Tsui Chi Ho for the silver. Chi Ho clocked 10.43 in the heats but could manage only 10.56 to Ambepitiya’s 10.55 in the final.
Singapore’s Calvin King, who improved the national junior mark to 10.53 in the semi-finals, had to finish a joint fourth with Salfa Oman of UAE (10.60).
Ram. Murali Krishnan for the IAAF
1. Lai Chun Ho HKG 10.43; 2. Shehan Ambepitiya SRI 10.55; 3. Tsui Chi Ho HKG 10.56;
1. Majed Saleh Bashir BHN 8:56.90; 2. Wang Chiu-chun TPE 9:17.42; 3. Mohammad Foroud IRI 9:24.72;
1. Weng Yong-feng CHN 8.05 (NMR); 2. Mubarak Al-jaseer KSA 7.74; 3=. Li Jin-zhe CHN & Soshi Arita JPN 7.47;
1. Park Young-sik KOR 65.03; 2. Alisher Eshbekov TJK 64.57; 3. Odai Amir Hwafdeh QAT 57.45;
1. Seangdee Jinthara THA 11.75; 2. Han Hui-Jiang CHN 11.88; 3. Serafi Anelis Unani INA 11.93;
1. Fung Wai-Yee HKG 1.78; 2. Xu Jei CHN 1.74; 3. Duong Thi Viet Anh VIE 1.70;
1. Chu Chia-ling TPE 4871; 2. Lee Yi-jung TPE 4730; 3. Olga Lapina KAZ 4697