The 20th Asian Athletic Championships got off to a grand start today at the Shiv Chatrapathi Sports Complex in Pune, India. The first day belonged to Sultan AbdulMajeed of Saudi Arabia, who won the men’s shot put with a performance of 19.68m (64′ 7″). Reigning Asian Champion Chang Ming Huang of Chinese Taipei was a tight second with 19.61m (64′ 4″), closely followed by the local boy Om Prakash Singh of India with 19.45m (63′ 10″). Om Prakash took an early lead with his 2nd round 19.45m , and led the competition till the 5th round, whenbooth Sultan and Chang broke out with leading throws and pushed him back.
Another throwing event on the field today was the women’s discus throw, where we witnessed a Chinese 1-2 with Su Xinyue leading the field with a throw of 55.88m (183′ 4″). Jiang Fengjing took the silver with a throw of 55.70m, with the bronze medal going to Li Tsai-Yi with 55.32m (181′ 6″). India’s Krishna Poonia was 4th with a throw of 55.01m (180′ 6″).
It was a very cold and wet evening at Pune, and the conditions we’re not ideal for big some big throws. Considering the conditions under which the competition was held, Sultan Abdulmajeed’s performance is a creditable one.