Clocks 52.78 seconds to win heat one:
Chandrika Subhashini in today’s women’s 400m final
INCHEON, Sep, 27 - Sprinter Chandrika Subhashini gave Sri Lanka
athletic team the perfect start they have been looking for by qualifying
to run in women’s 400m final on the opening day of the track and field
competition of the 17th Asian Games at the Incheon Asian Main Stadium
Running in the women’s 400m heat one under lights, the 27-year-old
former Asian Championship silver medallist returned a timing of 52.78
second to finish way ahead of other six competitors who ran in the same
heat. Yuliya Rakhmanovaof Kazakhstan who finished second, was almost
one-and-a-half second behind the Lankan lass in clocking 54.21 seconds,
though both of them advanced to the next round. Malaysia’s BintiAbdul
Razak finished third in heat one, clocking 54.47 seconds.
Indian Poovamma Raju Machettira won the women’s 400m heat two in
52..17 seconds with Vietnam’s Thi Lan Quach finishing second in 52.57
seconds, both registering better timings than Subhashini. But the best
timing among 21 competitors who ran in today’s qualifiers was recorded
by Oluwakemi Mujidat Adekova of Bahrain who had a superb performance in
51.11 seconds to win the heat three. In the second place of heat three
was Indian Kaur Mandeep with a season’s best 53.06.
Thus, Subhashini has a good chance of securing a medal in the women’s
400m in which Sri Lanka’s Damayanthi Darsha till holds the Asian Games
Darshawon back to back gold medals in women’s 400m in Bangkok 1998
and Busan 2002, the last time Sri Lanka had won an Asian Games gold
Sprinters who secured the first two places in the three women’s 400m
first round heats and the two fastest among the rest will run in
Sunday’s women’s 400m final scheduled to be worked off at 7.35 pm (4.05
pm SL time). “I am glad to enter the final. I will run all out to make
my country proud.
It’s going to be a tough race but I will give out my best,” she said
after winning the heat.
First athletic medal to Tajikistan Tajikistan took the first athletic
medal of the Games when men’s hammer thrower Dilshod Nazarov came first
clearing a distance of 76.82m in his
fourth attempt. China’s Shizhu Wang (73.65m) and Yong Wan (74.32),
both season’s bests, won the silver and bronze medals respectively.
UAE’s Alia Mohammed Saeed Mohammed clocked a personal best 31 minutes
and 51.86 seconds to win the women’s 10,000m gold medal, ahead of
China’s Changqin Ding (a personal best 31:53.09 – silver) and Japan’s
Ayumi Higiwara (31:55.67).
China’s first athletic gold medal came in women’s shot putt final
when Lijiao Gong cleared 19.06m in the second of her six attempts while
her teammate Tianguin Guo won the bronze (17.52m), behind Iranian Leyla
Qatar’s Mohamed Al Garni established a new Asian Games record to win
the gold medal in men’s 5,000m, clocking 13 minutes and 26.13 seconds.
He pushed the Bahrain duo of Alemu Bekele Gebre (13:27.98) and Albert
Kibichi Rop (13:28.08) to the second and third places.
The athletic gold for the day was won by Bahrain’s Ruth Jebet in
women’s 3,000m steeplechase, clocking a new Asian Games record timing of
nine minutes and 31.36 seconds. Zhenzhu Li of China (9:35.23) won the
silver, ahead of Lalitha Shivaji Baber of India ((:35.37).
China leads with 96 golds
Asia’s sporting heavyweights China extended its lead in the latest
medals standing of the Incheon 2014 Games day seven with 96 gold medals.
They have totalled 195 medals, including 58 silver and 41 bronze medals.
Hosts South Korea slightly extended their lead over Japan, pocketing
35 golds, 42 silver and 40 bronze medals. In the third place is Japan
which has bagged 32 golds, 43 silver and 38 bronze medals.
Kazakhstan takes the fourth place with nine golds, ten silver and 18
bronze medals, followed by North Korea which has eight gold and silver
medals plus nine bronze medals to its credit.
Korean women in volleyball semis
Meanwhile, the South Korean women’s volleyball team cruised to the
semifinals of the Incheon Asian Games after beating Hong Kong in
sets today. Without volleyball star Kim Yeon-koung in the lineup,
South Korea pulled off a comfortable 3-0 (25-13, 25-15, 25-11) victory
over Hong Kong for the semifinal berth at Songnim Gymnasium. The country
is eyeing its first Asiad title in 20 years.
The host overwhelmed its opponent and finished the game in one hour
and three minutes. Yang Hyo-jin scored 13 points including five aces,
while Bae Yoo-na lent support with 12 points.
South Korea is a strong contender for the gold medal at this year’s
Asian Games. It has not given up a set in the group round matches
against India, Thailand and Japan. It will take on the winner between
Japan and Chinese Taipei in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.
Korea to keep injured striker
South Korean head coach Lee Kwang-jong said he will have a
still-injured striker at the ready to come off the bench in the second
half. At a pre-match press conference, Lee noted that Kim Shin-wook, the
lanky forward who has missed the last two games with a leg injury, may
enter the match against Japan in the second half if needed. “He’s not
yet 100 percent. Depending on the situation, he could play in the second
half,” the coach said. South Korea, seeking its first Asian Games men’s
football gold since 1986 Seoul Games when they take on the defending
champions Japan at Munhak Stadium on Sunday.
South Korea put together a perfect record in the group stage and
defeated Hong Kong 3-0 on Thursday to make the quarters. Japan had two
wins and a loss in group play, and beat Palestine 4-0 to reach the final
Kim sustained a bruise to his calf in the second group match against
Saudi Arabia last Wednesday and sat out South Korea’s two subsequent
matches. The team has scored five goals without the 196-centimeter Kim,
but the 2013 MVP in the top domestic league, the K League Classic, would
add a new dimension to Lee’s offense.
The coach said Kim did some jogging on Thursday and then trained
yesterday with players who didn’t see action against Hong Kong.
Football limited to U-23
The Asian Games football tournament is limited to players under 23,
and Japan has built a roster of players under 21. South Korea, with more
experienced players on its roster, may have an edge, but Lee said he
wasn’t taking Japan lightly.
“Japan has shown good defensive organization and passing plays, I
think this will be a competitive match. South Korea and Japan have long
been rivals, and our players are mentally ready for this match, even
though it’s only the quarterfinals,” the coach added.
Makoto Teguramori, the Japanese head coach, said his players will
keep an eye on two South Koreans who have competed in Japan. Midfielder
Park Joo-ho and defensive back Kim Jin-su, both ex-J. Leaguers, now ply
their trade in the Bundesliga. They scored a goal apiece in South
Korea’s 3-0 win over Hong Kong in the first knockout contest.
“South Koreans mostly have good speed and we have to be prepared for
that,” Teguramori said, adding that “South Korea hasn’t faced a strong
team yet but I think their players have shown great determination to
win”. South Korea has yet to give up a goal in Incheon and Teguramori
said he will try to put an end to its clean sheet in the quarters.