The first leg of the Asian Athletics Grand Prix series kicked off at the Thammasat Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand. With most of the top Asian throwers skipping the series, the Grand Prix did not have its star value.
One of the well known faces in the field was Former World Youth Javelin Champion Huang Shih Feng of Chinese Taipei. Shih Feng took the gold in men’s javelin throw with a distance of 73.97m (242′ 8″). Shih Feng had set a national record of 79.84m (261′ 11″) earlier this year at Kaohsiung.
In the absence of Li Yanfeng and Tan Jian, Jiang Fengjing led a Chinese clean sweep in the women’s discus throw with a throw of 58.11m (190′ 7″). She was followed by her compatriots Su Xinyue and Liang Yan for the second and third spots.
India’s veteran discus thrower Krishna Poonia finished a disappointing fourth with a 56.74m (186′ 1″). She was reported to be ill on the competition day, which led to a poor performance.
The second leg will be held at Chonburi in Thailand on 8th May, followed by the third leg at Colombo on 12th May.
Here are the results of the various throwing events in the first leg of the Asian Grand Prix.
1. Wang Li CHN 18.91m (62′), 2. Guo Yan Xiang CHN 18.64m (61′ 1″). Grigority Kamulya UZB 18.62m (61′ 1″), 4. Sergey Dementyev UZB 18.19m (59′ 8″), 5. Ivan Ivanov KAZ 18.05m (59′ 2″), 6. Om Prakash IND 17.68m (58′), 7. Jasdeep Singh IND 17.50m (57′ 4″);
1. Huang Shih Feng TPE 73.97m (242′ 8″), 2. Bobur Shokirjanov UZB 73.29m (240′ “), 3. Peerachet Janthra THA 72.50m (237′ 10”);
1. Jiang Fengjing CHN 58.11m (190′ 7″), 2. Su Xinyue CHN 57.43m (188′ 5″), 4. Liang Yan CHN 56.74m (186′ 1″), 4. Krishna Poonia IND 56.74m (186′ 1″);
1. Nadeeka Lakmali SRI 56.83m (186′ 5″), 2. Chang Chunfeng CHN 55.08m (180′ 8″), 3. Mukesh Kumari IND 50.56m (165′ 10″), 4. Nuttha Nacharn THA 50.44m (165′ 5″), 5. Dilhani SRI 50.26m (164′ 10″), 6. Rosie Villarito PHI 46.68m (153′ 1″), 7. Saowalak Phetthong THA 45.50m (149′ 3″), 8. Jariya Wichaidit THA 41.36m (135′ 8″);