Doha, Qatar: Qatar hope for a golden return from the field on the final day of the Asian Athletics Championships as Ashraf Amgad El Seify qualified for the hammer throw final with an impressive effort of 74.92 on Tuesday.
El Seify had won gold at the Asian Games in Jakarta last year with an effort of 76.88 and even though he could not replicate that form at Khalifa International Stadium on Tuesday the 24-year-old put his name on top of the list for Wednesday’s final with his season’s best effort.
However, things don’t look that bright for Qatar’s another medal hopeful Femi Seun Ogunode who seems to have hurt his hamstring in the 200m semifinal.
Femi, the 2010 and 2014 Asian Games gold medallist as well as the Asian championship winner in the distance in 2011 and 2015 was doubtful about his chances despite finishing first in his semifinal with a timing of 20.63 which was the third fastest overall.
“It didn't go well. My left hamstring hurts. I am not sure I will be able to compete in the final,” said Femi.
Meanwhile, Bahrain’s Winfred Mutile Yavi completed a double after winning the 3000m steeplechase gold (9:46.18). Yavi, who earlier took gold in the 500m, was excited with her effort.
“When I came here in Doha for the Asian Championships I wanted to win in both the 5000m and the 3000m Steeplechase, which is my favourite event. It wasn't easy, but in the end, mission accomplished. I am so excited,” said Yavi.
Bahrain took another gold on Tuesday when their 400m mixed relay team pushed India to second place.
“I couldn't be more satisfied with what I've done here in Doha. I won a silver in the 400m with a new personal best yesterday and today the gold medal in this new event,” said Abubaker Abbas who anchored Bahrain’s golden run.
Japan took the bronze.
Shitaye Habtegebrel gave Bahrain another gold after winning the women’s 10000m.
Habtegebrel, who is also marathon runner, finished in 31:15.62 while Japan’s Hitomi Niiya took silver in 31:22.63. India’s Sanjivani Jadhav took bronze in 32:44.96.
“I have turned my focus on Marathon, so that race was a good test for me. I will run in the Prague Marathon next month. For the World Championships, I am not sure in which event I will enter, I feel can do well in both. The Federation will make the final decision,” said Habtegebrel.
There was drama in the men’s 100m relay as China who finished first was disqualified handing Thailand the gold. Chinese Taipei took silver while Oman took the bronze.
But there was not stopping China in the women’s relay ad they won gold in 42.87.
Kazakhstan took silver (43.36) and Bahrain claimed bronze (43.61).
In women’s high jump, Nadezhda Dusanova of Uzbekistan soared above the bar set at 1.90m to win gold.
Nadezhda Dubovitskaya of Kazakhstan cleared 1.88m to win silver while Svetlana Radzivil of Uzbekistan had to settle for bronze as she needed more attempts to clear the same height.
China’s Ling Li won the women’s pole vault gold with an effort of 4.61 while compatriot Huiqin Xu took silver (4.36). Natalierose Uy of Philippines took the bronze (4.20).
Asian Games champion Swapna Barman of India had to settle for silver in the women’s heptathlon where Uzbekistan’s Ekaterina Vornina took the gold with a world-leading 6198 points.
Bahrain have seven gold five silver and two bronze while China have six gold, nine silver and six bronze. Uzbekistan have three gold and a bronze, India have two gold five silver and six bronze, Japan have two gold as many silver and five bronze and Qatar remain on two gold and a bronze.