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On the last day of the 19th Asian Athletics Championships, Xiang Liu (CHN), the gold medalist of the Olympic Games in Athens and the World Championships in Osaka, hit the track of Kobe Universiade Memorial Stadium. In spite of Liu said after the race " It was very hot. I couldn't warm-up very much.", his new championship record of 13.22 didn't allow other runners to follow close. "My goal now is to be at the start line in the final of the World Championships." said Liu with his new mindset targeted for his first World Championship in four years.
In men's Javelin Throw, Yukihumi Murakami (JPN), the bronze medalist of the World Championships in Berlin, won with the new championship record of 83.27m which also broke his own personal best by 0.12m. "Over 85m is necessary to compete for medals in the World Championships. I am surely getting to it." Murakami satisfyingly said of his performance. Men's 200m was won by Femi Seun Ogunode (QAT) who tied for the championship record with 20.41. Miki Hayakari (JPN) set the new championship record in women's 3000mSC with 9:52.42.
Chisato Fukushima (JPN) won the gold medal in the women's 200m with 23.49, while Japan swept all relay events with four golds in men's 4x100R, 4x400mR, women's 4x100mR and 4x400mR. As for the medal count, Japan captured the most with 11 golds, 10 silvers and 11 bronzes. Four-day competitions with Asian titles and tickets to the World Championships in August at stake ended with leaving great expectations for Daegu, Korea.