China continue medal rush at Asian Champs

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Hosts China pocketed six of the 13 gold medals on offer on the second day of the Asian Athletcis Championships on Thursday, while the men's 100-meter Asian record was smashed.

China won both the men's and women's 4x100m relay. In the men's relay, Su Bingtian and Zhang Peimeng led the Chinese team to finish in 39.04. The Hong Kong team was second in 39.25 while Chinese Taipei third in 39.35. China won the women's relay with a competition record 43.10-second, followed by Japan and Thailand.

"We didn't prepare as well as we did in the Asian Games last year," said Su. "We had a tight schedule before the Asian Championships and didn't have enough time to train together."

"We hope we can make the final at the Beijing worlds," he added.

China's Yang Huizhen won the women's 400m in 52.37 seconds, beating India's Machettira Raju and Kazakhstan's Anastassiya Kudinova to the second the third place with 53.07 and 53.41 respectively.

The men's long jump was dominated by China's Gao Xinglong, who jumped 7.96 meters in his first attempt. Chinese Taipei's Hooper Ted ranked second in 7.80, while another Chinese Tang Gongchen was third in 7.79.

China also won the men's pole vault and women's discus throw as Zhang Wei jumped 5.60 meters and Su Xinyue threw 63.90 meters.

Qatar's sprinter Femi Ogunode broke the Asian record of the men's 100m with 9.91 seconds, 0.02 second faster than his own Asian record made in Incheon Asian Games last year.

"Today it is not a surprise for me because last year in the Asian Games I did not have a coach. I was training alone. Now I have a coach so this is not a surprise," said the winner.

"Today's result is just like training. This is not my best. This is nothing," added the confident Qatari.

China's Zhang Peimeng, who clocked a personal best 10 seconds at Moscow Worlds 2013, trailed in 10.15, while Iran's Reza Ghasemi took third in 10.19.

"I should say thank you to the wind, which made me feel lighter today, and without the wind I could not run in 10.15," said Zhang, who has been struggling for form this season. "I am not in the same level with Femi. "

"Though the time met the standard of the World Championships, I need to adjust myself to a better form, or I won't get good result at the Worlds. It won't be easy," he said.

Su Bingtian, the defending champion who improved the national record to 9.99 at IAAF Diamond League meeting in Eugene on Saturday, skipped the individual event.

In the women's 100m, Japan's Chisato Fukushima, 26, was back to her top form as she won the women's 100m in with a competition record 11.23 seconds. Her personal best is 11.21.

Kazakhstan's Viktoriya Zyabkina, winner of the 200m at 2013 Asian Championships, trailed in 11.34, while China's Wei Yongli, defending champion of the event, finished third in 11.46.

"I need to make some adjustment in training and mentality," said the 23-year-old. "I want to relax and be back in my top. Fukushima's result is a motivation for me."

In the men's 5,000m, the top four runners all broke the CR and title was claimed by Mohamad Algarni of Qatar with 13:34.47, who also won the 1,500m on Wednesday. The women's 5,000m title was claimed by Betlhayneh Deslagnlegn of UAE with 15:25.15, also a winner of the 1,500m in Wuhan.

Tajikistan's Dilshod Nazarov won the men's hammer throw with 77.68 meters. Qatar's Ashrah Elseify finished second in 76.03, while China's Wan Yong third with 73.40.

The men's 400m title went to Qatari Abedlilah Hassan with a 44.68-second finish, while Uzbekistan's Ekaterina Voronina won the women's heptathlon with 4,878 points.

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