Athletics

Qatar win Asian Indoor Athletics Championships

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Doha, February 22, 2016 – Qatar’s Mohamad Algarni added a 3000m gold to his 1500m win on the final day of the Asian Indoor Athletics Championships on Sunday, as the host nation topped the medal table.

Algarni powered home in a championship record time of 7min 39.23secs, holding off the challenge of Bahrain’s Albert Rop, who finished one second back.

Algarni also won the double over the same distances two years ago at the last indoor championships.

It was one of three gold medals for Qatar on the last day of competition, which meant the host nation finished with six golds, proof that its huge investment in sport over the last decade is starting to produce results.

Musaab Abdelrahman Bala won the 800m in another championship record time of 1:46.92 and the host country also triumphed in the 4×400 men’s relay.

China took two more gold on the final night to take five golds over the three days of competition. Liu Yang won the Shot Put, throwing a distance of 19.30m with his last attempt.

And Zhang Yaoguang won the Long Jump with a leap of 7.99m to hold off India’s Prem Kumar Kumaravel who leapt 7.92m.

Another successful title defence came courtesy of Kuwait’s Abdulaziz Al-Mandeel, who prevailed in 7.60 in the 60m hurdles. His time was his second national record and championships record in as many days as well as the fastest time by an Asian athlete this season.

In another event, the women’s 4x400m, witnessed another Asian indoor record courtesy of Bahrain.

The quartet – Alwa Eid Naser, Uwaseun Yusuf Jamal, Iman Essa Jasim and individual 400m winner Oluwakemi Adekoya – clocked 3:35.07 to eclipse the mark set by an Indian team at these championships in 2008.

Qatar won the men’s event in 3:08.20, also a championship record, more than three seconds clear of runners-up Iran.
Elsewhere, favourite and defending champion Svetlana Radzivil won the women’s high jump at 1.92m, with teammate Nadiya Dusanova second with 1.88m, to lead a 1-2 finish for Uzbekistan.
Akihiko Nakamura won the men’s heptathlon to capture Japan’s first gold of the championships, tallying 5831 points. China’s Hu Yufei (5745) was second with 5745 points and Uzbekistan’s Marat Khaaydarov third with 5619.

Qatar topped the medal table with six golds, followed by China with five, and Kazakhstan with four. China won 13 medals in all, followed by Qatar and Kazakhstan with 10 apiece.

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