Doha, Qatar: Ashraf Amgad El-Seify won silver in men’s hammer throw, Ali Musaab won bronze in 1500m and Abderrahman Samba-anchored 400m relay team also ended up third as Qatar finished with two gold one silver and three bronze at the 23rd Asian Athletics Championships at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha on Wednesday.
El Seify had qualified for the final with a top effort of 74.92 which was the best throw on Tuesday, but Tajikistan’s Dilshov Nazarov cleared 76.14 to take the gold in the final.
El Seify only managed a 73.76 but it was good enough to fetch him the silver. Sukhrob Hodjayev of Uzbekistan took bronze with a throw of 72.85.
In 1,500m, Musaab would definitely count himself unlucky after being beaten by India’s Ajay Kumar Saroj in photo finish.
Musaab looked certain for a silver but was caught unaware by Ajay Kumar’s (3:43.18) final flourish. Abraham Kipchirchir Rotich of Bahrain won the gold in 3:42.85.
Despite his disappointment Musab was upbeat.
“Yesterday in the heat I went in front from the beginning and in the end almost missed qualification. So today we decided to play the waiting game and push hard in the end. The gold was within my grasp but I did not make it,” said Musaab.
“Overall I’m content, I know can run fast starting from the Diamond League here in Doha. My goal for the season is to be ready for the World Championships,” said Musaab.
In 400m relay, Qatar took bronze after India, who initially finished second, was disqualified. Japan won gold and China took silver.
Meanwhile, Femi Seun Ogunode’s quest for a third Asian Championship gold in 200m ended in pain.
Femi was apprehensive about his hamstring after qualifying for the final on Tuesday and showed plenty of courage to run in the final. But with 80 metres to go, the two time Asian Games champion pulled up grimacing in pain and knelt down on the track, clutching his left hamstring.
While he had to be helped out of the track, China’s Zhenye Xie won gold in the event in 20.33, Yuki Koike claimed silver (20.55), and Yaqoob Salem took bronze in 20.84.
In men’s high jump, which could have been Mutaz Essa Barshim’s bastion had he not opted out, Syria’s Ghazal Majdeddin cleared 2.31m to win gold. Japan’s Takashi Eto won silver (2.29m) while compatriot Naoto Tobe took bronze (2.26m)
Bahrain’s Naser Salwa was one of the stars of the championships, winning four gold.
Salwa first won the women’s 200m in dominating fashion on Wednesday, adding to her 400m victory and 400m mixed team on Tuesday.
While Salwa clocked 22.74 for a new championship record, Kazakhstan’s Olga Safronova, who won the 100m and also featured in her country’s silver medal in 400m relay, took another silver in 22.87. India’s Dutee Chand took bronze in 23.24.
Salwa was also instrumental in Bahrain’s 400m relay win as she came from way back to snatch gold from India, clocking 3:32.10. India finished the race in 3:32.21 and Japan took bronze in 3:34.88.
In the women’s 1500m India’s P U Chitra clocked 4:14.56 to win gold ahead of Bahrain’s Gashaw Tigest 94:14.81) and Winfred Mutile Yavi (4:16.18).
“After losing to the Bahrainis (Kalkidan Gezahegne and Tigist) at the Asian Games in Jakarta I got my revenge today in a slow-paced race,” said an ecstatic Chitra.
China topped the placing table with 294 points after winning nine gold, 12 silver and eight bronze.
Japan with five gold, four silver and nine bronze were second on 250 points while Bahrain were third with 189 points despite winning 11 gold seven silver and four bronze.
India, with three gold, eight silver and seven bronze were fourth with 176 points and Qatar were sixth on 63.