Doha, Qatar: Qatar’s Abderrahman Samba cruised into the final of the 400M hurdles at the 23rd Asian Athletics Championships at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha on Sunday.
Samba, running in the second heat, never got into the top gear but still managed to top his heat in 49.57sec.
Samba’s compatriot Bassem Hemeida also qualified for the final, finishing third behind Chinese Taipei’s Chieh Chen.
“I’m feeling good. I pushed until the fifth hurdle and then relaxed tonight to finish the job. The final will be a different race. I cannot make predictions, but we will see,” said Samba.
Qatar have a lot to look forward in the men’s 800m as well, as Adubaker Haydar Abdalla, Jamal Hairane and Abdirahman Saeed Hassan all finished on top of their respective heats to qualify for Monday’s final.
Haydar Abdalla, who had the best timing of 1.50.12, said they were looking to dominate in the final.
“It felt good. Hopefully I will be able to run a smooth race in the final as well and win it. The plan is to win gold and silver tomorrow along with Jamal,” said Abdalla.
Ernest John Obeina of the Philippines took the pole vault gold with a superb attempt of 5.71M. The Chinese duo of Wei Zhang and Bokai Huang both cleared 5.66 but the former too silver.
Earlier, Bahrain’s Winfred Mutile Yavi won the first gold of the championship, in women’s 5000m.
While Yavi finished in 15:28.87, her compatriot Bontu Rebitu took silver. India’s Parul Chaudhary claimed the bronze.
Salva Naser stormed to the 400m gold in 51.34sec to win Bahrain their second gold. Kazakstan’s Elina Mikhina won silver finished ahead of India’s Poovamma Raju.
Koech John Kibet won Bahrain’s third gold after finishing with a world-leading mark of 8:25.87 in 3000m steeplechase.
India’s Avinash Mukund took silver while the bronze went to Kazuya Shiojiri of Japan.
Bahrain’s Dawit Fikadu took the men’s 10,000m gold with a time of 28:26.30sec but he had to withstand a tough challenge from compatriot Hassan Chani who finished in 28:31.30 to take silver.
India’s Murali Kumar took the bronze in 28:38.34.
Iran took gold and silver in discus throw with Ehsan Hadadi dominating with a top mark of 65.95M to finish well ahead of of Behnam Shrijabilou. Jordan’s Musab Momani won the bronze.
In women’s shot put, China’s Lijiao Gong won the gold with a top attempt of 19.18. Bahrain’s Noora Jasim took silver while Jiayuan Song, also of China, won the bronze.