>> September 04, 2013
Malaysian hurdler Rayzam Shah Wan Sofian clocked his seasonal best of 13.86 in the men's 110m hurdles to win the 2013 Thailand Open Track and Field Championships in Thamassat University, Rangsit (Bangkok) Thailand. The 25-year-old World championship representative not only hit the SEA Games qualifying mark set by MAF but he defeated the two-time SEA Games champion Jamras Rittidet of Thailand for second time this year. Jamras clocked 14.02 for silver. However the Thai has a PB of 13.77 and ran a wind-assisted 13.67A as well as 10.36w in the 100m in the USA last April. For a record, Rayzam defeated Jamras in the recent Moscow World Championships after both 'collided' each other during the race.
|Rayzam (right) 'against' Jamras during Moscow World Championships|
Thailand's Supanara Sukhasvasti Ayudhaya won the men's long jump after registering 7.75m (+0.5) in his first attempt. The two-time SEA Games champion and Asian Championship silver medalist fouled in his four attempts. Kuwait's Saleh Alhaddad was in 2nd in a jump of 7.57m (+0.1).
In men's 1500m, South korea's Park Dae Sung takes the gold in a time of 3:55.38, just ahead of SEA Games silver medalist Mervin Guarte of the Philippines who clocked 3:55.59.
Sri Lanka's K.M.N.J. Gunathilaka ran 52.17 in the men's 400m hurdles for gold and just beaten the Philippines' Junrey Bano (52.24) in second. Experienced hurdler Artem Dyatlov of Uzbekistan who has a PB of 49.30 in third (52.47).
Malaysia's Nauraj Singh Randhawa cleared 2.11m in the men's high jump for gold medal. Two jumpers behind him ended with 2.08m. Another Malaysian Mohd Khairil Harith Harun won the men's 20km walk but clocked a slow time of 1:38:12.
Meanwhile, Uzbekistan athletes performed well in the women's events. Anastasiya Aslanidu whose hammer throw PB of 52.40m set last June in Almaty won her event. She threw the iron ball at a distance of 50.78m. Asian championship silver medalist Yekaterina Voronina totaled 5387 in the women's heptathlon to steal the gold from the two-time Asian champion Wassana Winatho of Thailand who finished a few points behind (5353). Nataliya Asanove added another gold for Uzbeks camp when she won the 400m hurdles, clocking 61.10. Josie Malacad of the Philippines took silver in 61.61. However, first gold medal for the Philippines in the meet was produced by Catherine Kay Santos in the women's long jump when she leaped 5.99m (0.0)
The century dash finals will be in Friday, the final day of the meet which was started in Tuesday (3rd of Sep). Jirapong meenapra of Thailand will be a favorite for men event after clocking 10.41 in semifinals. A week ago he ran 10.47 and a day later 10.45 in Thailand SEA Games trials at the same venue.
More to come...
note: photo above from random internet search (photographer unknown?)