Agus Prayogo and Prabudas Krishnan Sets Half Marathon National Records

>> July 07, 2019

Two national records were set by Southeast Asian athletes during the 2019 Gold Coast Marathon at Gold Coast, Australia today (7 July)

Six-Time SEA Games champion AGUS PRAYOGO clocked 1:06:27 to rewrite his own half marathon national record of 1:07:05, which he set 10 years ago at Singapore Marathon. He finished in 20th position.

In the same race, Malaysia's SEA Games silver medalist PRABUDAS KRISHNAN set a new Malaysian national record after recording a time of 1:07:29. He finished in 29th position. The previous national record was held by Arul Thevar Muniandy with 1:07:59 from Ipoh marathon in 2004.

Singapore's Two-Time SEA Games champion SOH RUI YONG was behind them (37th) with 1:09:31.

Meanwhile, Malaysia's SEA Games bronze medalist Muhaizar Muhammad has done well in men's marathon, clocking a good time of 2:26:42, a few seconds short from his PB of 2:26:27 he set during the 2018 Berlin Marathon.

In women's marathon, Malaysia's LOH CHOOI FERN has gone sub 3:00 by recording a good time of 2:58:32, and moved to 3rd on Malaysian All-Time rankings behind Yuan Yufang of 2:49:28 from 2000 and P. Rajakumari of 2:57:20 from 1984.

Soh Rui Yong (left), Agus Prayogo (white) Prabudas (green/blue)
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Lee Hup Wei Clears 2.23m to Defend High Jump Gold at Asian GP in China

>> June 08, 2019

Lee Hup Wei has won another gold medal during the second series of Asian Grand Prix at Chongqing, China (June 7).

He cleared 2.23m height in his first attempt to secure the gold medal from Chinese Taipei's Hsiang Chun Hsien who also set the same height in the second attempt. Hup Wei won it on countback.

During the first series 3 days ago (June 4), he captured the gold medal after clearing a height of 2.23m as well at the same venue.

For a record, the 32-year-old former Asian Champion won his seventh gold overall in Asian GP series, first two in China in 2009, and then three in India a year later.

Lee Hup Wei clears 2.23m to with both series of Asian GP (Photo: Asian AA)
Vietnamese Vu Duc Anh managed to clear a good height of 2.19m and earned the bronze.✨

Meanwhile, in men's triple jump, Chinese athletes Fang Yaoqing (16.83m) and Xu Xiaolong (16.43m) secured 1-2 spots as they did 3 days ago (17.17m and 16.72m, respectively).⚡️

In this second series, Malaysia's Hakimi Ismail bagged the bronze after registering 16.19m. He set a season-best of 16.32m during the first series.✨

Behind the two-time SEA Games champion in both series was his main SEA Games rival, Mark Hary Diones of the Philippine 🇵🇭who set 15.98m (and 16.27m earlier).

Full results here DAY 1 & DAY 2


Thailand Open 2019: Marestella Sunang Soars 6.23m in Long jump at 38, Lee Hup Wei Clears 2.20m

>> May 22, 2019

The 65th edition of Thailand open Track and Field Championships was held from 18-21 May at Suphachalasai National Stadium in Bangkok.

Malaysia's Lee Hup Wei produced one of the best performances of the meet during the 3rd day of competition with his high jump result of 2.20m.

Kazakhstan's Ivan Ivanov, a 20-metre shot putter continued his good form in the men's shot put, throwing 18.95m this time.

Philippine's 38-year-old former Asian champion Marestella Sunang won the women's long jump in 6.23m, beating her longtime Indonesian rival Maria Natalia Londa who is also a former Asian champion. To my knowledge, this is one of the World leading performances for W35-39 category.

Thailand 4x100m quartet with their renowned coach Loren Seagrave
Selected results as follows (Day 3 & 4).


1500m (20)
1. Yothin Yaprajan THA 3:59.22
2. Zar Ni Tun MYA 4:01.66
3. Cherdchai Phootako THA 4:01.71
4. Orovo Martin PNG 4:02.00
5. Edwin Giron PHI 4:04.39

400mh (20)
1. Yu Chia-Hsuan TPE 50.98
2. Andrian INA 52.33
3. Asanka Lekamlage SRI 52.67
4. Phan Khac Hoang VIE 53.00

110mh (21)
1. Anousone Xaysa LAO 14.22
2. Roshan Ranatungage SRI 14.22
3. Mohd Rizzua Haizad Muhamad MAS 14.42
4. Liang Qi Awyong SGP 14.43
5. Benedict Ian Gawok MAS 14.68

3000m SC (21)
1. Kaspar Simbai PNG 9:48.24
2. Shein Aung MYA 9:57.32
3. Aekkalak Jhankaeo THA 10:18.40

High Jump (21)
1. Lee Hup Wei MAS 2.20
2. Vo Ngoc Long Cao VIE 2.11
3. Ping Yan Huang TPE 2.11
4. Nguyen Thanh Nhan VIE 2.11
5. Saksit Sittichai THA 2.08

Shot Put (21)
1. Ivan Ivanov KAZ 18.95
2. Hau Wei Ma TPE 16.78
3. Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli MAS16.71
4. Po En Yang TPE 16.01
5. Thongchai Silamool THA 15.36
6. Promrob Juntima THA 15.27
7. Minh Tuan Tran VIE 15.08

4x100m (20)
1. Thailand Team 39.89
(Ruttanapon Sowan, Nutthapong Veeravongratanasiri, Jirapong Meenapra, Siripol Punpa)
2. South Korea Team 40.30
(Hyeon Seok Jeong, Byeong Chan Kim, Chang Seong Yang, Won Jin Choi)
3. Thailand Team (B) 40.81
(Suebsakul Payakkul, Sittiphon Donpritee, Sakchai Laomool, Jaran Sathoengram)

1500m (20)
1. Aye Aye Aung MYA 4:55.34
2. Heee Ju Ko KOR 4:58.07
3. Aye Aye Than MYA 4:59.74

3000m SC (21)
1. HeEe Ju Ko KOR 12:05.98
2. Su Lim KOR 12:34.81
3. Benjawan Rittichote THA 13:17.49

400mh (20)
1. Shyama Arachchige SRI 62.49
2. Koniel Donna PNG 64.67
3. Suchada Meesri THA 72.25

Pole Vault / Junior (20)
1. Polina Ivanova KAZ 3.70

Long Jump (20)
1. Marestella Sunang PHI 6.23 (+0.7)
2. Maria Natalia Londa INA 6.18 (+0.2)
3. Lakshini Sandaradura SRI 6.12 (+0.2

4x100m (20)
1. Thailand Team 45.44
(Supanich Poolkerd, Kwanrutai Pakdee, Tassaporn Wannakit, Supawan Thipat)

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Read Day 2

Photo courtesy of Athletics Association of Thailand


Thailand Open Athletics 2019: Siripol Punpa Runs 200m in 20.91

>> May 20, 2019

The 65th edition of Thailand open Track and Field Championships started on Saturday (18 May 2019) and will end on Tuesday (21). Some of the best performances during the second day of the meet were achieved, such as in the men's 200m.

Thailand's Siripol Punpa who is turning 20 has officially gone Sub-21 with a time of 20.91 to improve his previous PB from 21.16 he set in 2017.

This put him second fastest in Southeast Asia this year behind Malaysia's Russel Taib (20.77). Of note, this also bettered his fastest wind-aided mark of 20.99, which he set in Florida, USA in March.
Siripol Punpa (centre) anchored the Thai gold-medal team at Doha recently
Despite the absence of Asian champion EJ Obiena (PB 5.71), the men's pole vault was also an interesting one.

The Thais won all podium spots with Patsapong Amsamang (PB 5.50) the SEA Games silver medalist in the first in 5.40m, better than the SEA Games record mark of 5.35m by his teammate Pooranot Purahong who finished in third.

Selected results as follows.

200m Final (19)
1. Siripol Punpa THA 20.91
2. Yang Chang Seong KOR 21.36
3. Muhd Aqil Yasmin MAS 21.38
4. Aravinnthevarr Gunasegaran MAS 21.41
5. Jirapong Meenapra THA 21.43

800m (19)
1. Jirayu Pleenaram THA 1:51.53
2. Lee Hyo Jun KOR 1:52.26
3. Royson Vincent MAS 1:52.66
4. Marco Vilog PHI 1:52.78
5. Orovo Martin PNG 1:52.82
6. Putra Azrul Syazwan Azman MAS 1:54.60
Jirayu Pleenaram won the men's 800m  - he has 46.78 PB in the 400m
Pole Vault (19)
1. Patsapong Amsamang THA 5.40
2. Kaasinpob Chomchanad THA 5.30
3. Porranot Purahong THA 5.20
4. Ishara Hannadige SRI 4.60

Long Jump (19)
1. Nguyen Tien Trong VIE 7.70 (+0.2)
2. Janry Ubas PHI 7.67 (+0.1)
3. Tai Chiao Heng TPE 7.53 (0.0)
4. Jeong Hae In KOR 7.52 (0.0)
5. Abdul Latif Romly MAS 7.49 (+0.1)
6. Lin Tzu Chi TPE 7.33 (-0.1)
7. Luqman Hakim Ramlan MAS 7.32 (+0.1)

Hammer Throw (19)
1. Kittipong Boonmawan THA 63.58
2. Jang Sang Jin KOR 62.74
3. Do Tan Truong VIE 55.11
4. Nattapon Paknam THA 51.02


200m Final (19)
1. Supanich Poolkerd THA 23.96
2. Kwanrutai Pakdee THA 24.38
3. Thi Thu Ha VIE 24.57
4. Siti Fatimah Mohamad MAS 24.69
5. Hu Chia Chen TPE 24.82
6. Beu Leonie PNG 224.97
Prize giving ceremony, women's 800m winner goes to Savinder Kaur (centre)
800m (19)
1. Savinder Kaur MAS 2:14.13
2. Swe Lee Myint MYA 2:15.19
3. Koniel Donna PNG 2:15.93
4. Aye Aye Aung MYA 2:16.76

High Jump (19)
1. Yelizaveta Matveyeva KAZ 1.83
2. Pham Thi Diem VIE 1.79
3. Wanida Boonwan THA1.75
4. Prangthip Chitkhokkruad THA 1.75
5. Tsai Ching Jung TPE 1.75
6= Krobkaew Taemsri THA 1.70
6= Yap Sean Yee MAS 1.70
6= Michelle Sng Suat Li SGP 1.70

Hammer Throw (19)
1. Jeong Da Woon KOR 53.46
2. Mingkamon Koomphon THA 52.17
3. Panwat Gimsrang THA 51.47
4. Pham Thi Thanh Phuc VIE 48.31

1. Norliyana Kamaruddin MAS 5012
(15.68, 1.81, 10.81, 26.60; 5.53/+0.1, 32.06, 2:28.35)
2. Ngueyn Linh Ma VIE 4793
(14.92, 1.57, 10.72, 25.95; 5.19/+0.5, 34.42, 2:30.37)
3. Sarah Dequinan PHI 4574
(15.97, 1.63, 9.28, 26.50; 5.18/+0.8, 42.29, 2:43.86)

Read Day 1

Photos courtesy of Athletics Thailand


Lalu Zohri runs 10.03 in 100m, Justin Gatlin 10.00 at Seiko Golden Grand Prix Osaka 2019

>> May 19, 2019

Indonesia's Lalu Muhammad Zohri improved his performance brilliantly, coming from lane 9 to run a blistering time of 10.03 (+1.7) to nearly beat World champion Justin Gatlin (37) who won in 10.00 and Asian champion Yoshihide Kiryu who set 10.01 during the Seiko Golden Grand Prix, the IAAF World challenge meeting at Osaka, Japan (19 May 2019).
Lalu Muhammad Zohri during the World U20 in Finland (photo by IAAF)
He also beats the Olympic qualifying standard of 10.05 and will make a trip to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. This also means he will be in Doha World championships later in September.

It was a new lifetime best, a national record, and Southeast Asian record by ten hundreds of a second from 10.13 he set en route to winning the silver medal at the recent Asian championships, behind Kiryu.

He became the first man of Southeast Asia to run the 100m in less than 10.10. He was the 3rd for Sub-20, after Suryo Agung Wibowo (10.17 in 2009) and Khairul Hafiz Jantan (10.18 in 2016).

American Trayvon Bromell holds the World U20 record in 9.97. No other U20 man has run faster than 10.00 in 100m. Lalu's 10.03 is the World leading time and currently 6th fastest of all-time for World U20.

Yoshihide Kiryu holds the Asian junior record in 10.01. Lalu is the second fastest man for this category.

In July last year, Lalu Zohri won the world junior 100m title in 10.18s, defeating Americans Anthony Schwartz and Eric Harrison, who both set 10.22.

The 18-year-old Zohri (born July 1, 2000) grew up on Lombok Island, the southwest of Indonesia and lived there with his older brother and sister. His father died in 2017 and mother in 2015.

He was recruited into the national athletics program in early 2017. At the same year, as reported officially, he showed his potential by setting 10.57 in 100m and 21.58 in 200m, despite running against winds in both races.

He captured attention for the first time during the pre-Asian Games event in Jakarta in February 2018. He clocked 10.25 in the 100m heats and then winning a silver medal in 10.32.

Yet, his coach Eni Nuraeni Sumartoyo (see photo) revealed that he has already run an auto-time of 10.38 in 2017. It was noted during the IAAF seminar for coaches that was held during the Asian Games in Jakarta.

During the recent Asian championship at Doha, Eni Nuraeni won the 2019 Best Coach in Asia award from the Asian Athletics Association.

Lalu's coach Eni Nuraeni (white), assistant coach Kikin Rahudin (far right), author of this posting (far left)

Lalu Zohri's all-time best performance in 100m (sub 10.30).
10.03 (+1.7) ..... Osaka, Japan ... World Athletics challenge, 19 May 2019
10.13 (+1.5) ..... Doha, Qatar ... Asian championships, 22 Apr 2019
10.15 (+1.4) ..... Doha, Qatar ... Asian championships, 22 Apr 2019
10.18 (+1.2) ..... Tampere, Finland ... World Junior, 11 Jul 2018
10.20 (+0.8) ..... Jakarta, Indonesia ... Asian Games, 26 Aug 2018
10.20 (+0.1) ..... Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia ... Malaysia open GP, 30 Mar 2019
10.24 (+1.0) ..... Tampere, Finland ... World Junior, 11 Jul 2018
10.24 ( -0.2) ..... Jakarta, Indonesia ... Asian Games, 26 Aug 2018
10.25 (+1.1) ..... Jakarta, Indonesia ... Asian Games Trials, 11 Feb 2018
10.26 (+0.8) ..... Doha, Qatar ... Asian championships, 21 Apr 2019
10.27 (+0.6) ..... Gifu, Japan ... Asian Juniors, 8 Jun 2018
10.27 (  0.0) ..... Jakarta, Indonesia ... Asian Games, 25 Aug 2018
10.28 ( -0.6) ..... Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia ... Malaysia open GP, 30 Mar 2019

Watch the video (courtesy of Atletik Indonesia):

Results of men's 100m (+1.7)
1. Justin Gatlin USA 10.00
2. Yoshihide Kiryu JPN 10.01
3. Lalu Muhammad Zohri INA 10.03
4. Yuki Koike JPN 10.04
5. Ryoto Yamagata JPN 10.11
6. Shuhei Tada JPN 10.12
7. Cameron Burrell USA 10.12
8. Kendal Williams USA 10.20
9. Aska Cambridge JPN 10.30


Thailand Open 2019: Zulfiqar Ismail runs 10.42 in 100m, Tran Dinh Son sets 46.64 in 400m

The 65th edition of Thailand open Track and Field Championships is underway at Bangkok. It was commenced yesterday (18 May 2019) and will end on Tuesday (21).

Malaysia's Zulfiqar Ismail had a consistent performance in the men's 100m, setting 10.50 in the opening heat. He then improved to 10.42 in semifinals. The 20-year-old Zulfiqar once again set 10.42 to win the men's 100m final, giving Malaysia's third consecutive win of the men's century dash in Thailand open, after Khairul Hafiz Jantan in 2017 and Nixson Kennedy in 2018. Second and third places went to Thailand's Siripol Punpa (who recorded PB in 10.45, from 10.46 in semifinals) and the former SEA Games champion Jirapong Meenapra (PB 10.31) in 10.52, respectively. Malaysian Haiqal Ismail (PB 10.43) who ran his semifinals at 10.46 was in 4th in a close neck-to-neck finish.

In the women's section, the first five positions went to Thais with Supawan Thipat taking the victory in 11.69, not far from her PB of 11.64. Just like in men, the next finishers were very close on the line and their positions had to be determined by photo-finish.

Men's 100m final at Thailand Open 2019
Vietnam's Tran Dinh Son set a lifetime best of 46.64 to win the men's 400m ahead of Chinese Taipei's Yang Lung Hsiang who also recorded sub-47 (46.91). What is more exciting, the Vietnamese has lowered his PB by just one hundreds of a second that he set earlier during the semifinals.

The women's section saw a gold medal-winning to Papua New Guinea's Beu Leonie who recorded 57.00 (SF 56.99), ahead of Malaysia's Nurul Faizah Asma Mazlan (57.44) and Vietnam's Thi Thi Mon (57.60). Yet, better performance in the women U20, by Thailand's Chinenye Josephine Onuorah who clocked 56.33.

In the men's discus throw, Malaysia's Abdul Rahman Lee, 21, registered a new PB and topped the 50m mark for the second time with a distance of 50.16m, taking the gold medal from Thailand's three-time SEA Games silver medalist Narong Benjaroon (50.15m).

In the men's triple jump, Vietnam's Nguyen Van Hao leaped 15.52 (+1.2) to win the gold medal from Thailand's  Pratchaya Tepparak who jumped 15.40 (-0.8). Ronne Malipay of the Philippine bagged bronze in 15.34 (0.0).

Philippines' Asian championship bronze medalist Natalie Rose Uy cleared 4.00m to win the women's pole vault. Despite clearing the same height, Taiwanese Wu Chia Ju finished second place on countback.
Mariya Ovchinnikova compete in the women's triple jump
The women's triple jump saw Thailand's newly crowned Asian champion Parinya Chuaimaroeang (PB 14.17) lost to Kazakhstani Mariya Ovchinnikova (PB 13.94) by only 3cm, 13.19m (+0.4) to 13.16m (+0.2).

Asian championship bronze medalist Subenrat Insaeng won her 5th national titles after throwing 53.15m - a distance that would win the SEA games easily. This is however far from her PB of 61.97m.

Selected results (day 1)

Men's 100m final
1. Zulfiqar Ismail MAS 10.42
2. Siripol Punpa THA 10.45
3. Jirapong Meenapra THA 10.52
4. Muhd Haiqal Hanafi MAS 10.53
5. Ruttanapon Sowan THA 10.53
6. Kim Byeong Chan KOR 10.54
7. Chayut Khongprasit THA 10.64
8. Muhd Aqil Yasmin MAS 10.69

Women's 100m final
1. Supawan Thipat THA 11.69
2. Tassaporn Wannakit THA 11.80
3. Kwanrutai Pakdee THA 11.80
4. Supanich Poolkerd THA 11.82
5. On-Uma Chatta THA 11.93
6. Siti Fatimah Mohamad MAS 11.85
7. Azreen Nabila Alias MAS 12.06

Men's 400m final
1. Tran Dinh Son VIE 46.64
2. Yang Lung Hsiang TPE 46.91
3. Phitchaya Sunthonthuam THA 47.21
4. Yu Chen Yi TPE 47.81
5. Lakmal Mudiyanselage SRI 47.83
6. Saiful Safwan Saifuddin MAS 48.45

Women's pole vault
1. Natalie Rose Uy PHI 4.00
2. Wu Chia Ju TPE 4.00
3. LinYing Tung TPE 3.80
4. Rachel Yang SGP 3.55
5. Chuah Yu Tian MAS 3.55

Women's triple jump
1. Mariya Ovchinnikova KAZ 13.19 (+0.4)
2. Parinya Chuaimaroeng THA 13.16 (+0.2)
3. Tran Hoa Hue VIE 12.64 (+0.5)
4. Angel Carino PHI 11.91 (-0.8)

Men's discus throw
1. Abdul Rahman Lee MAS 50.16
2. Narong Benjaroon THA 50.15
3. Thongchai Silamool THA 48.47
4. Ma Hau Wei TPE 46.09
5. Jakkapat Noisri THA 45.50
6. Eric Yee Chun Wai SGP 44.95

Women's discus throw
1. Subenrat Insaeng THA 53.15
2. Guo Pei Yu TPE 45.64
3. Choo Kang Ni MAS 44.23
4. Charuwan Sroisena THA 42.43
5. Queenie Ting MAS 41.56
6. Mar Mar San MYA 39.62

(Photo Athletics Association of Thailand)


Prabudass Krishnan Runs Second Fastest Malaysian in the 5000m in 14:33.10

>> May 13, 2019

Prabudass Krishnan lowered his lifetime best performance in the men's 5000m as he clocked 14:33:10 during the latest (270th) Long Distance Competition series of Nippon Sports Science University (NSSU) yesterday (12 May) at Tokyo, Japan.

It came after he set his second sub-15 of 14:37:52 just three weeks ago at the same venue, which was already a SEA Games Gold Standard Performance.

Vietnam's Nguyen Van Lai won the last SEA Games in 14:55.15 with Prabudass in second place (14:57.43).

He moved up to second fastest on Malaysia's All-Time lists,  bettering A. Munusamy's 14:33.99 time from 1996 and now behind only the 25-year-old national record of 14:06.84 by M. Ramachandran.

Within 3 weeks, Prabudass Krishnan set another personal best in the 5000m 
Prabudass Krishnan at the start of his 5000m race

Watch his race on YouTube (or below):


Wei Hao Lun, 14, Runs 100m in 10.65 and 200m in 21.49

>> May 01, 2019

It appears that much of the focus during the 2019 National Middle School Games in Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei was Wei Hao Lun who was relatively unknown and new to the world of sprinting.

This is because he was born on 15 May 2004 and still 14.

He ran a blistering 10.65s (+0.6) in the 100m on 22 April 2019 and then 21.49s in the 200m three days later.

It seems like not so many people can run these times at the age of 14 or even 15, in fact, 16! I wrote a post earlier that "to be in the top lists (i.e. World fastest boys), an athlete has to run, on average 10.5-10.6 for the 100m dash, or 21.3-21.6 for the 200m event."

Wei Hao-Lun ran 10.65 in 100m and 21.49 in 200m

The 5'7" Hao-Lun had previously come close to running sub-10.70s in March by clocking 10.70s (+2.0). He is consistent at running 10.7 so far.

Earlier in February, he has posted two sub-10.80s of 10.78 and 10.77 during a track meeting in Kaohsiung.

He added another two (10.73 and 10.77) during the heats in this School Games.

For a record, he ran his 2018 fastest time of 10.95 in November last year.

Chinese Taipei has a good track record in sprinting including some of the world best performances.

Yang Chun-han, for example, is the defending champion of the World University Games at 100m. He was the Asian champion at 200m and more recently a silver medalist (200m) of the Jakarta Asian Games. He has personal records of 10.11 and 20.23 in the 100m and 200m, respectively.

Chi Cheng had seven World records from the 100 yards, 100 meters, 200 meters, 220 yards, 100m hurdles, and between 1964 to 1970, she set a total of 44 Asian records.



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