2017 Asian Athletics Championships

Eric Cray

2017 Asian Athletics Championships Philippines Team

Philippines Athletics Team for 2017 Asian Championships

Disha, India

July 6-9, 2017

  1. Anfernee Lopena 100, 4×100
  2. Trenten Beram 200, 4×100
  3. Patrick Unso 110 Hurdles, 4×100
  4. Eric Cray 400 Hurdles, 4×100
  5. Mark Harry Diones Triple Jump, 4×100
  6. Ernest Obiena Pole Vault
  7. Marestella Torres Long Jump

**More to come write-ups watch this space


2017 Asian Athletics Championships Philippines Team  Day 1 Report and Results

Jul 7, 2017

source: asianathletics.org 

I will particularly focus on the South East Asian athletes participating as this is part of the analysis towards the 2017 SEA Games in Singapore next month. I have done an article on EJ Obiena Bronze and the 2 other Filipino athletes on day 1.

Muhammad Irfan grabbed the silver for Malaysia with a 60.96m heave; although not his best, it was a good result for the Big Malaysian, who should easily defend his SEA Games title next month. Ehsan Hadidi of Iran won his 5th Asian title in the Discus in 64.54m.

Meanwhile, Thailand’s Suttisak Singkhon leads the Decathlon with 100m (11.03), Long Jump (7.79m), Shot put (14.09m), High Jump (1.98m), and 400m (48.70), a combined points total of 4256 points.

In the Women’s 100m 5 SEA, women advanced to the Semis. With the absence of The Philippines, Indonesia, and Vietnam in this event. Zulkifli and Mohammad of Malaysia (11.79 & 11.88), Wanakit and Chattha of Thailand (12.07), and a big PB by Wendy Enn of Singapore (11.98) to advance to the Semis. Former Asian Junior Champion Duttee Chand of India had the fastest time in the heats in 11.40.

Jantan leads

2016 Asian Junior Champion Khairul Jantan, 19, led the qualifiers in the 100 Heats with a time of 10.28. Jantan now ties his countryman Nyepa for the fastest time in South East Asia for 2017. Jantan, who has a PB of 10.18, won Heat 3. Nyepa, in the meantime, clocked 10.53. Femi Ogunode of Qatar, the Asian Record Holder, jogged through to win Heat 5 in 10.29.

Namsuwan of Thailand ran 10.73, well below his 10.41 PB from the Thai Open. The other Thai Chuangchai clocked 10.60 (PB 10.54). Singapore’s Calvin Kang clocked 10.68. At the same time, Timothee Yap of Singapore was dqed for a false start.

I continue with my pre-games prediction Jantan will time 10.20 in the semis or finals. And he may even get on the podium. At the same time, Femi will probably win here. Many top sprinters from China (9.99 guys), Japan (10.0 men), and the Korean ran 10.07 who have qualified for worlds 10.12. I have chosen to give this meet a miss. While those still trying to qualify are participating.

It’s unclear if there will be 2 semi-finals or 3 semi-finals. Due to the number of heats maybe 3, but due to fewer entries, maybe 2 the same as the women’s.

400m Officials Schedule a Re-run

Quach Cong Lich, the Vietnamese Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is mentored by one of the world’s greatest ever coaches, Loren Seagrave, ran sensibly to get third in his 400 heat in 46.79. All Three South East Asian athletes entered advanced to the Semi-Finals, including Badrul Hisyam Manap (Mas), who is better known as a 100m runner (10.29 best time) but improved his 400 PB from 47.60 to 47.46. Azam (Mas) also moved through in 49.04.

There was drama in the Semi-Finals, with Semi Heat 1 kicking off at 9.35 pm on July 6. The timer had malfunctioned, leaving the winner and several other participants with a 44.00 time well below the Asian Record. However, the officials scheduled a re-run at 9.10 am the following morning on July 7 as the performances weren’t allowed as it made it difficult to know for sure who had qualified for finals.

Meanwhile, Quach Cong Lich won Semi Heat 2 in 46.35, fairly accurate as he had run 46.79 and has a PB of 45.99; he held off Sri Lanka’s Ajith Premakumara 46.36 in a close fight. With Jacob and Rajiv of India 46.40 and 46.41 in a close fight for dominance in heat 2. Badrul Hisyam (Mas) was sixth in 47.46, again tying his time from the heats.

This decision makes it easier for Semi 2 from these four to pounce on the win as the first Semi is disadvantaged, having to run an extra race before finals. Why and did not use backup hand times is a good question? But the decision of the officials is final and must be respected.

Cong sister Quach Thi Lan (Vie) qualified for the 400m Women’s Final in 53.16, behind 3 Indian women. The SEA Games silver medalist ran 52.96 at the Asian Grand Prix. The Two Thai athletes were well under their best times with 56 and 57 runs, and both failed to advance to the next round.

SEA Games bronze medalist Yothin Yaprajan (Thai) qualified for the 1500 Final with 3:57 in heats. Formerly often, SEA Games Champion Yee Hup Lee (Mas) qualified for the high jump final.


2017 Asian Championships Day 2 Report and Results

source: Asian athletics championships

The second report, following from Day 1. Again the Focus is more on SEA Athletes in preparation for SEA Games 2017.

Singkhon is the Iron Man of Asia

Thailand’s Suttisak Singkhon won the Gold in the Decathlon with a New PB and extended his 2017 SEA lead further with 7732pts. His previous was 7587 points at the Thai Open last month. His meteoric rise continues as he was only fifth with around 6600 points 2 years ago at the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore. The mark eclipsed his own National Record.

Kawasaki of Japan 7584 pts, and  Guo Qi 7495 pts were well behind for silver and bronze.

Singkhon will focus on the SEA Games as he failed to make the 8100 points required for the World Championships in August simultaneously as SEA Games almost.

Taftian Surprises Femi

It was Hassan Taftian of Iran who caused the major upset at the 2017 Asian Champs. 2016 60m Indoor Asian Champion clocked 10.25. He pipped defending Champion Femi Ogunode of Qatar. Ogunode, the Nigerian-born Asian record holder, clocked 10.26 for Silver. The surprise was Yang Chun-Han of Taipei, who took third in 10.31. 19-year-old Malaysian Khairul Jantan had clocked the fastest time in the semis with 10.24. Was disqualified for movement in the blocks. Jantan performances see him as a strong candidate in the Men’s 100m next month at the SEA Games.

Viktoriya Zyabinka won the women’s 100m in 11.39 from her countrywomen Olga Safronova of Kazakhstan 11.45, Dutee Chand of India bronze in 11.52.  Zulkifli of Malaysia, who had clocked a season’s best 11.62 in semis, was fourth in 11.70. Siti Fatimah of Malaysia improved her seasons best to 11.88 in semis and 11.87 in finals. SEA Games 100m

Silver Medalist Tassaporn Wanakit bombed out of the semis with a 12.47 run.

Quach Thi Lan of Vietnam 2015 SEA Games silver medalist took silver in the 400 in 52.78. A 2017 leading time for southeast Asia. Nirmala of India won in 52.01 following a great tradition of Indian quarter milers in this event.

Her brother Quach Cong Lich of Vietnam, the 2015 SEA Games silver medalist in 400, clocked 46.79 in the heats, 46.35 in semis, and 46.51 in finals. The last two times are the fastest two times in SEA this year. Quach has a PB of 45.99. In the final, he placed 5th.

Indian Muhammad Anas took the gold in 45.77. Due to a re-run demanded of Semi Heat 1 due to alleged timing problems. Anas actually ended up running 4 times in the 400, whereas many other finalists only had run 3 times. Anas win was the first gold for India at the Championships since 1975.

Grace Wong of Malaysia was 8th in 57.18m in the Hammer Throw. Yaprajan of Thailand was 9th in 1500 in 3.55.61. In the High Jump Wanida Boonwan (Tha) was 5th in 1.80m, and Yap (Mas) 6th in 1.75m.

Day 2 results

2017 Asian Championship Report Day 3 and Results

source: Asian athletics championships

It was a blanket close finish for Thailand in the 4×100 relay. Thailand was prematurely announced as the winner in 39.38. But later on, the win was given to China by 1/1000th of a second. 39.371 to 39.372. The Thais did improve on their season’s best of 39.48 in the heats.

The Malaysians improved to 39.98 and Singapore to 40.22 for their best times in 2017. Indonesia, who wasn’t there, still leads SEA Rankings 2017 with 39.13.

Thailand’s lineup was Kritsada Namsuwan, Jirapong Meenapra, Bandit Chuangchai, and Jadran Sathoengram. With some of their stronger athletes being rested, they have a while to cut their time down for SEA Games. Thailand won the 2015 SEA Games in 38.24.

In the 110 Hurdles, none of the SEA Athletes made it through to the Finals. Ryzan Shah Sofian clocked 14.03, well below his 13.67 National Record set earlier this year. It was Rio Maholtra who clocked 14.08 closely behind to set a New Indonesian National Record. Patrick Unso of the Philippines was down as DNS.

This year Malaysia, The Philippines, Indonesia, Laos, and Singapore have broken their country’s national records in 110 Hurdles.

Many times SEA Games Champion Lee Hup Wei of Malaysia settled for fourth in the high jump in 2.20m. While in the  Women’s Triple Jump, his teammate Nadia Noor placed last in 12.39m.

2017 SEA Rankings Here

Results Day 3

Asian Champs Day 4 Report and Results – Beram First Filipino to break 21 seconds in 200m (video)

July 10, 2017

source: Asian athletics championships

July 10, 2017

Thailand 4×400 came in third in 3:06.48, with Phosri and 3 backup runners. There are other members, Kunanon (46.00 SEA Games Champion), Chimdee, and Pleenram, where rested. Still, Thailand took bronze behind India (expected as 3 of the 4 top placers) and Sri Lanka. Thailand, with a full-strength team, narrowly won the SEA Games in 3:06.81. They had run 3.11.14 in the morning. This gives Thailand the two fastest times in SEA this year in this event.

Meanwhile, in the Pole Vault, Chayanisa Chomchuendee (Thai) took the bronze in 4.10m. This tied her winning leap in the 2015 SEA Games. Making her looking sure to defend a second SEA Games title next month.

Subenrat Insaeng took Silver in the Discus in 56.82m.

India won the Women’s 4×400 in 3.31.34. Vietnam took silver in 3.33.22, and Thailand was 5th in 3.38.63.

Day 4 Results

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