Asian Grand Prix
Asian Grand Prix Leg 3, Taipei 30.04.17
While Luzon and Santos failed to impress during the Grand Prix circuit. Most noteworthy with not even seasonal best improvements on their national open times. While the last remaining was Marestella Torres in women’s long jump who could only manage 6.05m.
Especially relevant performance declining due to a lot of traveling.
Top American Athletes make ‘GUEST Appearances’ including Olympic Champion
The growing success of the Taipei meet, the last stop on the Asian Grand Prix circuit for 2017 even attracted two American and two Australian athletes that made ‘GUEST appearances’. Most noteworthy a few years ago the Taipei open even attracted Jamaican Olympic sprint finalist Michael Frater.
Olympic Long Jump Champion Jeff Henderson (USA) cleared an easy win in 8.15m (0.6). Hence well clear of local jumpers Lin Mung-Min (TPE) 7.71m (-0.3) and Chan Mai Tai (TPE) 7.70m (0.5).
Top American sprinter and Olympian Michael Rodgers. While better known as a 100m sprinter, he has a PB of 20.24. While Rodgers, 32 ran in the 200m Non GP event without running in heats as a wild card. Consequently, he lost to Taipei’s Yang Chun-Han 20.80, clocking a close second of 20.84.
Top Asian and Olympian 400 Hurdler Chen Chieh of Taipei clocked 49.67 to break his 2012 PB of 49.68 and win the Non-GP Hurdles event.
While Geneive Cowie of Australia won the Women’s 400 Hurdles in 58.81.
Asian Grand Prix
China’s Xu Haiyang emerged as the meets fastest man in 10.35, holding off Boby Yaspi (INA) the SEA Games silver medievalist who 10.39 (just outside his 10.36 PB). And Hasaan Said of the Maldives was third in 10.40.
Also Yaspi was back to help Indonesia break the national record in 39.13. The 4×100 Indonesia’s quartet of Mohd Fadlin, Abdul Iswandi, and Eko Rimbuwan. As a result, they improved on their 39.53 times on the 1st leg in Jinhua.
While Taipei was second in 39.27. And Thailand’s B Team of K. Namsuwan, B. Chuangchai, J. Sathoengram, and S. Laomool clocked 39.63 Thailand improved from its 40.12 on the 2nd leg in Jiaxing.
Also India’s Yahya Muhammad Anas ran an impressive 45.69 to win the last leg of the 400m. While Big Quach Cong Lich of Vietnam continued to improve after opening with 47.21 a week ago with 46.66 a SEA leading time. Most noteworthy Quach is the SEA Games silver medallist with a best time of 45.99. And Mikhail Litvin of Kazakhstan was third in 47.03.
In the Shotput Om Prakash Singh (IND) had an asian season lead with a 19.58m throw.
In the Women’s 100m Viktoriya Zyabkina (KAZ) had her third win clean sweep in 2017 Asian Grand Prix. While Her time of 11.34 was an Asian season lead. While Dutee Chand of India was second in 11.52. And Le Tu Chinh of Vietnam was third in 11.74. Also in the 2nd race Thai’s Tassaporn Wanakit ran 11.88 and Kanyarat Pakdee 12.02.
Elina Mikhina of Kazakhstan had an Asian lead in the 400 with 52.55. Yet again beating Quach Thi Lan of Vietnam who dipped under 53 seconds to record 52.96.
Thai Wanida Boonwan improved 1.75 to 1.80m in High Jump. While in Long Jump Bui Thi Thao had her third win in a row with 6.41m. Also a very tired Marestella Sunang dropped to sixth place with 6.05m.
Furthermore Thailand’s quartet of O. Chattha, Pakdee, T. Thipat and Wanakit improved their 2017 time in 4×100 to 45.44.
RESULTS FROM TRACKINSUN
Taipei (Taipei) 30.04.2017 -Asian Grand Prix 3-
Jiaxing China, Second Round of Asian Grand Prix 2017
Mi Hong of China won the 100m in 10.40. Boby Yaspi of Indonesia the SEA Games silver medallist took bronze in 10.50. In the Women’s 100 Zyabkina Viktoriya had another win for Kazakhstan in 11.36, from India’s Dute Chand 11.57, and Le Tu Chinh of Vietnam 11.67.
Chinh time of 11.67 is the fastest legit time in South East Asia. After several doubtful times were posted by Zulkifli of Malaysia during her time in South Africa, that simply didn’t match her recent performances in Singapore. SEA Games silver medallist Tassaporn Wanakit o Thailand upgraded to the A Race this time but came last in 12.06.
The Philippines Eloiza Luzon performance continued to decline further from 12.39 last week to 12.55 at Asian Grand Prix. This time dead last in the overall standings in women’s 100m.
Vietnams Arnold Schwaraznager Big Quach Cong Lich the SEA Games silver medalist 400 after opening with 47.21 last week behind Karem Yousef. This time he triumphed over Yousef timing 47.13, Yousef settling for silver in 47.55.
This time his sister the SEA Games silver medalist Quach Thi Lan came second in 53.85, behind Elina of Kazakh 52.79.
The Philippines Marco Vilog had a much better run this time not boxed in he timed 1.51.71 in the 800 to place sixth. Vilog has already hit the gold medal standard for SEA Games.
Long Jumpers Marestella Sunang dropped to 5th in 6.12m. And Kath Santos came last in the long jump in 5.85m. While Marestella already has the gold standard in the last 12 months. And is an automatic medal qualifier from 2015 for 2017 SEA Games. Santos now has until July 1st week to leap 6.41m the SEA Bronze standard.
Jinhua, Asian Grand Prix first leg
Bui Thi Thao of Vietnam again got the best of Marestella Sunang (Torres). Thao who is the SEA Game silver medalist leapt 6.58m (-0.4) to win the 1st leg of the Asian Grand Prix. Thao who had allegedly was pregnant or retired. Showed anything but clearly dominating the event winning by 12cm over Neena of India. Bui best was 6.65m at the 2015 SEA Games.
Sunang finished fourth in 6.35m (-0.5), the #2 time for the year in South East Asia. The 36 year old improved on her 6.14m mark at the National Open last month. This is Sunang second jump for the year. Sunang holds the SEA Record with 6.72m which saw her qualify for the Olympics last year.
SEA Games Champion Maria Natalia Londa of Indonesia did not participate. Thailands Chuimaroeng Parinya was 6th in 6.03m.
Katherine Khay Santos the other Filipino entry wound up last of the 9th entries with a 5.79m leap. Santos must clear 6.41m to hit the Bronze standard for the SEA Games before July.
Le Tu Chinh of Vietnam was fourth in Heat 1 11.76, this is the leading legit time for South East Asia in 2017. It ties the 2015 SEA Games Gold/Silver medal times of Kayla Anise Richardson (Philippines) and Tassaporn Wanakit (Thailand).
The 28 year old Wanakit showed fine form winning the second heat in 11.91 (-0.5). Her team mate Chattha On-Uma who has ran 11.80 this year came in third in the second heat in 12.10. The Philippines Eloiza Luzon (PB is 12.10) could only manage 12.39 (-0.5), and finishing 11 of 12. As expected both the Richardson twins were not able to participate.
The Indonesia quartet of Fadlin Ahmad, Iswandi Hamid, Eko Rimbawan, and Boby Yaspi) won in a time of 39.53. This improves on their 40.49 clocking at the Jatim Open last month. And is the leading time for South East Asia for 2017.
The SEA Games gold medal time is 38.99 by Thailand, 39.24 Singapore, and Indonesia took Bronze in 39.32. It was .21 off their national record as they used Eko Rimbwan instead of Yudi Dwi Nugroho.
Thailands young team (not full strength) was second in 40.12, improving slightly on their 40.18 at their National Games last month. Kuwait was a distant third in 41.76.
Kazakhstan won the Women’s 4×100 in a slick 44.50s, Thailand came second in 45.62. Thailand improved on their 46.30 PE Institute Team clocking at their National Games last month. Thailand the defending champions at SEA Games won 2015 in 44.27.
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