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Taipei TPE, 14 June 2014 (day 3) - 16th Asian Junior Atletics Championships
Japanese Taiko Kanai takes gold medal in the men's 110mh in a time of 13.33 secs (+0.5). Teammate Masahiro Kogimato was second in 13.51 secs, while Iran's Mohamad Amin Barzi Ghamsari was in third (13.56 secs.) for silver and bronze respectively.
18-year-old Japanese high school champion Mako Fukube won the women's 100m hurdles in a modest 13.98 secs (-0.2). Indian Meghana Shetty, hails from Karnataka, returned a personal best 14.09 secs for the silver while Singapore’s Jannah Wong Min made the podium with 14.14s.
In women's 800m, another Japanese Ryoo Hirano whose personal best is 2:05.16 since 2012, made a gallant effort to stick with her throughout the final race on the evening. At the end Hirano had an ‘edge’ of two-hundredth of a second over Indian Jessy Joseph(2:06.75 to 2:06.77) for the title. Archana Adhav joined teammate Jessy on the podium with her third place finish in 2:09.11.
In men's discus throw, Iraq’s Arabian junior champion Mustafa Dagher Alsaamah justified his billing by taking the top spot with a decent 59.35m throw. China’s Yang Jing-Kai (57.49m) and Malaysian Muhammad Irfan Shamshuddin (56.07m) were the other medalists.
Chinese athletes were 1-2 in women's long jump with Li Xiao-Hong taking the gold with a leap of 6.27m followed by Rong Wang in 6.15m.
Similar feat in the women's pole vault when Li Chao-Qun (4.04m) and Yang Yang (4.00m) took gold and silver respectively. Their teammate also won a gold from men's high jump when Bai Jia-Xu cleared 2.10m to deny challenges from Kazakhstan's Roman Loshkarev and Iran's Aryan Zarekani whom bagged silver and bronze respectively despite both had an identical mark of 2.08m.
Hung Hsiu-We of Chinese Taipei harvested a gold medal from women's hammer throw in 56.46m with Thailand's SEA Games champion Panwat Gimsrang takes silver in 54.66m, 30cm short from PB.
In the men’s 200m qualifying rounds Iran’s Mohammad Hossein Abareghi, who won the 100m bronze yesterday, improved the championship record with a time of 20.63 secs.
Other meet records came from 110m hurdles (13.33 secs by Taio Kanai of Japan) and junior women’s 3000m steeplechase (10:27.29 by Nguyen Thi Oanh of Vietnam).
Teams from Japan (39.49 secs) and China (45.34s) emerged victorious in 4x100m relay for junior men and junior women divisions respectively.
China and Japan are leading in the medals table with 10 gold medals each at the end of third and penultimate day of the championships.
Jad Adrian Washif and Ram. Murali Krishnan