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Jamal captures 1500m title in Guangzhou - Asian Games, Day 3
Guangzhou, China - World champion Maryam Yusuf Jamal lived up to her stature, winning the 1500me in the Asian Games athletics championships on Tuesday (23).
Championship races are invariably run to win medals and not to post records and Jamal could not have been found wanting in her effort to enlarge her adopted country’s medals tally.
“I am here just to win. I controlled myself at first but it wasn’t easy,” she said, probably hinting at the fact that she had to hold herself back in an effort to keep the pace down for a comfortable finish. She crossed the line in 4:08.22 to win by more than a full second.
Teammate Mimi Belete set the pace for Jamal, and the two looked to be cruising along merrily on the final back straight towards what could have been a gold-silver finish. Jamal pulled away about 100 metres from the finish, but Vietnamese Truong Thanh Hang came from behind on the home straight to pip Belete at the post. The Vietnamese was overjoyed.
Shahween takes men's 1500m
This was a day when the more established athletes and the leaders in the continent held sway rather than finding themselves surprised by emerging stars. The men’s 1500m Asian champion, Mohammed Othman Shahween also won easily in 3:36.49 after his Saudi Arabian teammate Noor Emad Hamed set the pace for him.
The more fancied Bilal Mansoor Ali of Bahrain was left ruing his plight and possibly his early move on the back after being passed by Shahween and Iranian Sajad Moradi.
“In the last 100 metres, I intended to pass the others, but instead others passed me. I was looking forward to winning the gold medal,” said Ali, who was the favourite after World champion Yusuf Saad Kamel, his teammate, made a dramatic exit in the heats yesterday.
Behind Shahween, Moradi clocked a national record for Iran, at 3:37.09, Ali taking third in 3:38.39.
1500m: 1. Mohammed Othman Shaween (KSA) 3:36.49, 2. Sajad Moradi (Iri) 3:37.09, 3. Bilal Mansoor Ali (Brn) 3:38.39.
3000m steeplechase: 1. Tareq Mubarak Taher (Brn) 8:25.89, 2. Thamer Kamal Ali (Qat) 8:26.27, 3. Ali Ahmed Al Amri (KSA) 8:30.96.
High jump: 1. Essa Mutaz Barshim (Qat) 2.27m, 2. Hiromi Takahari (Jpn) 2.23, 3. Rashid Ahmed Al Mannai (Qat) 2.19.
1500m: 1. Maryam Yusuf Jamal (Brn) 4:08.22, 2. Truong Thanh Hang (Vie) 4:09.58, 3. Mimi Belete (Brn) 4:10.42.
Long jump: 1. Jung Soon-Ok (Kor) 6.53m, 2. Olga Rypakova (Kaz) 6.50, 3. Yulia Tarasova (Uzb)6.49.
Discus: 1. Li Yanfeng (Chn) 66.18, 2. Song Aimin (Chn) 64.04, 3. Krishna Poonia (Ind) 61.94.
Heptathlon: 1. Yuliya Tarasova (Uzb) 5783 pts, 2. Yuki Nakata (Jpn) 5606, 3. Pramila Aiyappa (Ind) 5415.
20km walk: 1. Liu Hong (Chn) 1:30:06, 2. Masumi Fuchise (Jpn) 1:30:34, 3. Li Yanfei (Chn) 1:32:34.
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