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  • LuckySpikes
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    National Records in the 5000m races at KBC Nacht in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium ...

    Brian Fay (IRL) 13:01.40
    Adrian Wildschutt (S Africa) 13:02.46

    Both of them taking just over 2s off the previous NR and both athletes who've recently been in the NCAA (Fay still was this year?)

    Hugo Hay (FRA) was also close to 13-flat with 13:02.62 PB.​

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  • LuckySpikes
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    I found the part where they show Yu-Tang Lin's 8.40 jump. It's at https://youtu.be/QLjGEZKD2ck?t=11013

  • LuckySpikes
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    On Day 4 of the Asian Championships in Bangkok ...

    There were 7 finals including the conclusion of the Heptathlon and the gold medals were won by 7 different nations. Japan were not amongst them and their day's tally was 2 silver and 3 bronze.

    The Long Jump comps have certainly delivered here. In the Men's final today, 6 men jumped over 8m and Shreeshankar's (IND) final round 8.37 SB was only good enough for the silver medal. The winner Yu-Tang Lin (Taipei) with 8.40 (+0.3), a huge 28cm PB and breaking the 30 year-old NR by 6cm. Before this year he'd been a 7.9x jumper for 4 straight years. They didn't show his winning jump on the live stream.

    Sanghyeok Woo lent today's action some star power, winning with 2.28 then having 3 attempts at 2.33.

    In the Men's 400 Hurdles final Qatar's Bassem Mohamed Hemeida won in 48.64 from Yusaku Kodama (JPN), 48.96.

    India won the Mixed 4x4 in 3:14.70. Japan's gold medal chances were lessened by not having the individual Men's champion, Kentaro Sato, in the line-up. They finished 1.01s behind India and 3rd behind Sri Lanka.

    Day 1's 1-2-3 order stayed the same in the Heptathlon, Ekaterina Voronina (UZB) winning with 6098 from Swapna Barman (IND) & Yuki Yamasaki (JPN).

    Full results via https://asianathleticschampionships2023.com/day4/

    I was thinking the other day about the absence of the Bahrainis from the distance races here and actually I don't think I've seen one Bahraini athlete competing here. Normally you'd also expect a few in the sprints. Mind you, many of those African imports they have in the distances are getting old now and, with the new WA policy on transferees, it's much harder to replace them.

    It's the final day tomorrow with the 20km Race Walks in the morning and then a further 11 finals in the evening session, including finals of the 200s, 800s and 5000s. There's no marathons here but there will be at the Asian Games in late Sep/early Oct.​

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  • LuckySpikes
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    On Day 3 of the Asian Championships in Bangkok ...

    There were 9 gold medals up for grabs. Japan won 4 of them and also 2 bronze.

    In the Women's Long Jump, Sumire Hata added the Asian outdoor title to the indoor title she won in Astana in February. However, the bigger news was that after 6.74 (+1.7) in Round 4 she then jumped 6.97 (+0.5) in Round 6! A whopping improvement of 22cm on her PB and breaking the 17-year-old National record by 11cm. Perhaps suddenly she's now dreaming of a medal in Budapest! The 19yo Indian lass, Shaili Singh, took silver with 6.54.
    You can see Hata's 6.97 jump and reaction at https://youtu.be/iOu_Ptjz384?t=12369 (timestamped) - they didn't show much of the competition at all.

    19yo Hiroki Yanagita (JPN) fulfilled the promise he showed in the heats and semis to win the Men's 100 final in 10.02 (zero wind), a 0.08s PB which puts him joint 7th on the all-time JPN list. Old stagers Hassan Taftian and Femi Ogunode were 3rd & 4th, 10.23 and 10.25.

    In the Women's 100 final Singapore's Veronica Shanti Pereira wasn't the best out of the blocks but she certainly was in the last 50, winning clearly with another NR for her, 11.20, from Farzaneh Fasihi (Iran) and Ge Manqi (CHN).

    The Men's 110 Hurdles final was pretty good quality with the Top 7 all inside 13.67. Shunya Takayama (JPN) justified his favourite status to win in 13.29 (+0.6) from Xu Zhuoyi (CHN), 13.39, and Yaqoub Alyouha (KUW) 3rd in 13.56.

    It was a good race in the Women's Steeple with 5 women in contention with 2 laps to go, Japanese collegiate record-holder Reimi Yoshimura going for it at the front for the first 2km with team-mate Chikako Mori taking over for a lap or so before the business end of the race. Parul Chaudhary (IND) proved to be the class of the field though and opened up with 500 to go, winning in 9:38.76. Xu Shuangshuang (CHN) took silver and Reimi Yoshimura had a ding-dong battle with Priti (IND) over the final metres, Yoshimura just pipping her to bronze by 0.02s. Parul Chaudhary is also due to go in the 5000 here.

    So far at these championships the female Kenyan imports haven't done anything "for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan". Caroline Kipkirui DNF'd after she was dropped in the 10,000 and Daisy Jepkemei was never in the race and just 7th in the Steeple. Shadrack Kimutai won silver in the Men's 10,000 though.

    In the absence of Ryuji Miura and Avinash Sable, it was left open for Ryoma Aoki to win the Men's Steeple in 8:34.91 from Bagharab (QAT) with Seiya Sunada (JPN) 3rd. The race looked promising on paper with much of the field quite closely matched on times but by halfway, after the first 4 athletes, it was really strung out. Aoki has been Japan's #2 steepler for the past couple of years and has an 8:20.1 PB.

    China took a 1-2 in the Women's Pole Vault, Li Ling winning with 4.66 from Niu Chunge, 4.51, both of them way ahead of the rest.

    China also went 1-2 in the Women's Discus, Bin Feng winning by almost 8m with 66.42. In both these field events Thailand won the bronze.

    After Day 1 of the Heptathlon the first 5 athletes are separated by just 140 points, Ekaterina Voronina (UZB) leading with 3448 from Swapna Barman (IND) and Yuki Yamasaki (JPN). Ninali Zheng (CHN; former Canadian) was in the comp but no-heighted at 1.71 in the High Jump. She continued in the Shot Put but didn't appear for the 200.​

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  • CAML
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    His most impressive performance to date over 100/200 was 2 weeks ago winning the 200 in Lausanne in 20.01(-1.4). Hasn't raced much this year, he'll get at least one individual medal in Budapest.

  • Occasional Hope
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    Botswana 4x4?

  • marra
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    Whilst he's undoubtedly a huge talent, it's worth noting that, outside of his heat run in Eugene last year, his sub-10 and sub-20 showings have all come at altitude - Cali and Gaborone. Both are pretty much the same altitude as the infamous La Chaux-de-Founds.

    I'm not saying he isn't going to be great, but I wouldn't be placing him up with the Americans just yet.

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  • MysteryBrick
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    Makes him one of the best combined sprinters ever, already!

  • CAML
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    He just turned 20 last month. Sub 10&20, 31 odd for 300, and now under 45. I've been feeling the whole season that he has been holding back, I'm not sure how running a 400 at this stage of the season is going to help his 100, but there won't be a clean sweep for the Americans in the 200 with him around.

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  • Occasional Hope
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    Letsile Tebogo ran 44.75 over 400 in Italy today.

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  • LuckySpikes
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    At Day 2 of the Asian Championships in Bangkok ...

    I'm really enjoying these championships. It's great seeing all these athletes from the 40-odd countries and the line-ups in quite a lot of the events are pretty good.

    There were 9 finals today plus the conclusion of the Decathlon and India came to the fore with 3 gold medals. There was a big Japanese contingent in the crowd today and they were cheering loudly for Japan's 3 gold, 6 silver and 3 bronze.

    In the Men's 400 the Asian Record holder Yousef Ahmed Masrahi (S Arabia) led with 50m to go but the Japanese Sato's, Kentaro & Fuga, both finished fast to overhaul him, Kentaro winning with 45.00, a 0.31s PB and Fuga second, 45.13, a 0.13s PB. Masrahi 3rd in 45.19. Also, that's bang on the Budapest standard for Kentaro Sato.

    In the Women's 100 Hurdles final the Chinese lass Wu Yanni argued the toss for 5 minutes about her false start, pointing at the sky and apparently blaming the heavy rain. Perhaps one of the raindrops was so loud it sounded like a gunshot?! Eventually she accepted her fate and India's Jyothi Yarraji won in 13.09 (-0.1) from Japan's Asuka Terada & Masumi Aoki.

    The Qataris including Al-Garni were run out of the medals in a large Men's 1500 field, Ajay Kumar (IND) winning from Yusuke Takahashi (JPN).

    20yo Haruka Kokai (JPN) is the Asian Women's 10,000m champion! It's true that it wasn't a strong field with the withdrawal of Alia Saeed Mohammed & Xuizhen Ma (CHN) but in 29 degrees C heat she finished with a 3:11.6 last 1000 to dip just inside 33 minutes. With 250m to go Momoka Kawaguchi overhauled Munkhzaya Bayartsogt (a Mongolian 2:28 marathoner) to claim the Japanese 1-2, 19s back from Kokai. Qazaqstan's Caroline Chepkoech Kipkirui was a late entry but ended up a DNF after being dropped by Bayartsogt & Kokai around halfway. Haruka Kokai is also in the 10,000 at the Asian Games where I think the field might be stronger (and should include Ririka Hironaka). It's looking possible that Kokai could also get an invite to Budapest if, as I expect, 5 of the 8 cross country rankings qualifiers don't run.

    Qazaqstan took gold and silver in the Women's High Jump, Kristina Ovchinnikova winning on countback with 1.86.

    China won both the Hammer finals, Wang Qi the Men's, 72.13, and Zhao Jie the Women's, 69.39.

    19yo Hiroki Yanagita (JPN) looked extremely good in the Men's 100m Round 1 heats, the fastest of all with a 10.10 =PB (-0.5) and easing up about 15m before the line as well. On that evidence he looks like Japan's next sub-10 man. The semis and final are tomorrow (same for the women too).

    Day 3 also includes both Steeple finals, the Men's 110 Hurdles final and 4 field finals.​

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  • LuckySpikes
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    At yesterday's very rainy Round 4 of the Hokuren Distance Challenge in Kitami, Japan ...

    The Women's 5000 'A' race ended up being set up perfectly for Ririka Hironaka in her bid to get back in shape for Budapest. The Kenyans didn't follow the wavelights set at 14:50 pace (perhaps because of the heavy rain) so she had plenty of company. After 3000m she was on pace to match her 15:29 from Round 3 but a 3:02 kilometre and then closing in 2:58 took her well under that to finish 3rd in 15:18.77 SB. Joanne Kipkemoi won in 15:15.55, just ahead of Eva Cherono. After her 9:05 3000m PB in Round 3 on Saturday, collegian Haruko Hosaka continued her upward trajectory with 15:46.75, a 13s PB.

    It's been remarkable progress for Ririka Hironaka in the last 11 days ... Going from looking dead after an opening 3:00 kilometre in her 9:20.6 3000m in Round 1 to now averaging 3:00 for the last 2 kilometres after running 9:18 for the first 3000. If she can continue like this in training she might be back to somewhere near her best for Budapest (presuming JAAF select her for the 10,000).

    After Cleophas Kandie looked to be on course for about 13:25 in the Men's 5000 'A' race, his pace collapsed leaving the way open for Akira Akasaki & Ryuji Miura to battle for the win. Akasaki sprinted the last lap in 57s to take the victory in 13:28.70, about 1 second outside the 19s PB he'd set in Round 3 last Wednesday. He's a 2:09:01 marathoner and qualified for the MGC in October so the improved speed he's showing must bode well for that. Ryuji Miura was about 5s off his PB with 13:31.31.

    Incidentally, the winners of both 5000 'A' races represent Kyudenko (with their fabulous black and yellow kit) - they're one of the very, very few corporations/businesses that sponsor both men's & women's teams in Japan.

    My concerns about the wavelights negatively affecting the Hokuren DC racing haven't been confirmed over these 4 meetings. In a good number of the 3000s and 5000s the leading bunch have gone ahead of the lights in the early stages and in the 800s and 1500s they've been set at quite aggressive paces so the athletes have struggled to keep up with them for long. So, really, the wavelights have become an irrelevance in many of the races.

    One such example was a fun Women's 5000 'C' race here. They went out quite strongly ahead of the lights and several athletes took turns in coming to the fore. 15:53 / 32:38 athlete Yukina Ueda eventually separated herself at the front but on the last lap she was being hunted down by a fast-finishing 19yo Tihiro Tushima, making her 5000 debut. Unfortunately, with 180m to go, Tushima stepped on the rail, stumbled and lost some of her momentum after looking like she'd catch Ueda. Ueda's 16:20.31 SB and Tushima's 16:21.51 were just two of a whole host of SBs and PBs in both the Men's & Women's 'B' and 'C' races here.

    In the Men's 5000 'C' race marathon legend Yuki Kawauchi was just on course at 4000m, in 5th place, to break his 13:58.4 PB - he races 5000 quite frequently but it's really on the short side for him. However, he really struggled in the last 1000 and finished 13th in 14:09. The first 3 all broke 14 mins for the first time though.

    In the Women's 3000 'A' race Kaede Kawamura passed through the 1000m point in 2:54 with Caroline Kariba (KEN). Kawamura is a good athlete with a 32:22 10,000 PB & 70:17 HM PB and is probably worth a few seconds better than her 9:13 PB for 3000 but this first 1000 seemed like a serious rush of blood to the head ! Unsurprisingly, she faded to a 9:15.70 clocking but it's stuff like this that adds to the "charm" of the Hokuren DC series. She probably didn't find the pain of the last 2000m quite so charming though!

    Overall, the startlists for this particular meeting didn't necessarily promise a lot but it delivered with some fun races and plenty of interesting stuff happening.

    Sadly, the 2023 Hokuren DC comes to a close on Saturday with Round 5 in Chitose. The line-ups are deep there. It also features an appearance in the Women's 1500 by 15yo "phenom", Sherry Drury (half Canadian, half Japanese), who recently ran a 4:16.7 PB and ran 9:02 for 3km on the roads back in January after which her profile in Japan exploded.​

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  • LuckySpikes
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    In the evening session on Day 1 of the Asian Championships in Bangkok ...

    They found the button to activate the on-screen clock and there was also (Thai) commentary.

    Japan had a successful session taking 4 of the 6 gold medals on offer plus 2 silvers. There's no opportunity for podium sweeps here because I think each country is limited to 2 athletes per event.

    As already mentioned by RunU, Nozomi Tanaka & Yume Goto completed a Japan 1-2 in the Women's 1500, 4:06.75 CR SB to 4:13.25 SB. Tanaka ran the last 300 in a click under 45s.

    There were maybe only about 1500 spectators there, mainly congregated in the home straight stand, but they made a lot of noise for Thailand's win in the Men's 4x100 in 38.55 CR. Japan hasn't got any Men's relays teams here although they will participate in the Mixed relay.

    China, anchored by Ge Manqi, won the Women's 4x100 in 43.35 from Japan, 43.95.

    The Women's Triple Jump was held in virtually still air (only a few jumps had greater than a 0.4 tailwind) and it was a decent comp with 5 athletes from 4 nations jumping 13.58 or better. All the top 4 saved their best jump for the last round and Mariko Morimoto (JPN) backed up her recent 14.16 NR (previous PB 13.84) with jumps of 14.06 and 14.00. China's Zeng Rui was 2nd with 14.01 and Vietnam's Thi Huong Nguyen 3rd with 13.68.

    Japan's Marina Saito won the Women's Javelin with 61.67 from Olympic champ Liu Shiying (CHN), 61.51, and Hatarabage (SRI), 60.93. India's Annu Rani was 4th with 59.10.

    Ren Tazawa (JPN) justified his favourite tag in the Men's 10,000 but it was a slog outside 29 minutes. Kazakenyan Shadrack Kimutai was 2nd. I don't know what the temperature & humidity was like but the athletes were drenching themselves in water. I'd thought Thailand's Kieran Tuntivaite might be in this race but maybe he'll be in the 5000 instead.

    Tomorrow's Men's 400 Final could be close - 6 of the 8 qualifiers ran between 45.61 and 45.76 in the semis.

    Full results of Day 1 at https://asianathleticschampionships2023.com/day1/ (they're not on the WA site yet).

    Apart from the Decathlon, coverage of the field events has been poor. We saw about 6 attempts in the Javelin and a similar number of Triple Jumps. Perhaps someone from the BBC has been seconded to help out with the stream production?

    I'm looking forward to the Japanese ladies in the 10,000 tomorrow - terrific 20yo Haruka Kokai and Momoka Kawaguchi. Amongst others they're facing a 32:17 Chinese woman and the UAE's Alia Saeed Mohammed. Now 32yo she ran 31:55 on the roads a month ago.​
    Last edited by LuckySpikes; 12-07-23, 15:21.

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  • RunUnlimited
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    Originally posted by LuckySpikes
    In the early hours of this morning (UK time) events got underway at the Asian Championships in Bangkok with the start of the Decathlon, Men's 400 heats and the heats for both 4x100 relays.

    All the expected names made it through to the Men's 400 semis with Fuga Sato (JPN) the fastest at 45.97.

    The afternoon/evening session starts very soon at 10.30am UK time with finals of the Women's 1500 (Nozomi Tanaka !!), Javelin & Triple Jump, both the 4x100 finals, the Men's 10,000 final, semis of the Men's 400 and heats of the Women's 400.

    The YouTube streaming is excellent, pretty much TV broadcast quality and almost as slick as the Japanese women's 4x100 hand-offs. There's no commentary but the stadium announcing is loud and clear and all done in English and Thai. The only thing the stream is missing is an on-screen clock but the stadium clock is easily visible when they cross the line and there are results graphics (as well as a good results service on the official website).​
    Tanaka would set a new championship record of 4:06.75 to win the women's 1500m title by the best part of seven seconds from Japanese teammate Yume Goto.

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  • LuckySpikes
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    In the early hours of this morning (UK time) events got underway at the Asian Championships in Bangkok with the start of the Decathlon, Men's 400 heats and the heats for both 4x100 relays.

    All the expected names made it through to the Men's 400 semis with Fuga Sato (JPN) the fastest at 45.97.

    The afternoon/evening session starts very soon at 10.30am UK time with finals of the Women's 1500 (Nozomi Tanaka !!), Javelin & Triple Jump, both the 4x100 finals, the Men's 10,000 final, semis of the Men's 400 and heats of the Women's 400.

    The YouTube streaming is excellent, pretty much TV broadcast quality and almost as slick as the Japanese women's 4x100 hand-offs. There's no commentary but the stadium announcing is loud and clear and all done in English and Thai. The only thing the stream is missing is an on-screen clock but the stadium clock is easily visible when they cross the line and there are results graphics (as well as a good results service on the official website).​

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