DAY４ HIGHLIGHTSOn the last day of the 18th Asian Junior Athletics Championships in Gifu, the events started in the afternoon. It was sprinkling. The temperature is about 24℃. 6 men’s finals and 5 women’s finals were held.
Japan collected two medals in the women’s 400mH. One was the gold Kasumi Yoshida won in 58.43 setting her personal best time, the other was bronze Natsumi Murakami won in 58.92. Jui-Hsuan Yang of Chinese Taipei put out a last spurt and completed the race on the second place to win the silver, clocking 58.89.
Furthermore Japan won the gold in the men’s 400mH, too. Yusuke Shirao won the close race in 50.52 against Bassem Mohamed Awad Hemeida of Qatar. Hemeida finished the race in 50.55. Mahdi Pirjahan of Iran picked up the bronze in 51.18.
The men’s 200m Final(-0.2) was a very close game, especially competing among the top 3. Tai-Sheng Wei of Chinese Taipei won this exciting race by a hair in 21.05 and earned the gold medal. Minkyu Shin of Korea was runner-up with at time of 21.06 and Jasutinjunpei Tsukamoto of Japan slid into the 3rd , setting his personal best time in 21.09.
Nozomi Tanaka of Japan set a new meet record with a run of 9:04.36 in the women’s 3000m. She dominated the race from the beginning until the end and won the gold medal. Yuna Wada of Japan finished 2nd in 9:14.13, and completed one-two finish of this competition.. Fang Liu of China earned the bronze medal.
Ajeet Kumar of India put on an explosive spurt passed around 3000m, and won the men’s 5000m in 14:15.24, setting his personal best. Ren Tazawa of Japan won the silver (14:17.26) and Seyedamir Zamanpour of Iran picked up the bronze (14:25.25).
Two finals of men’s jumping events were held in the field. First game was Triple Jump. Kamalraj Kanagaraj of India won the gold with a jump of 15m75(-0.3). Gyumin Yu of Korea picked up the silver with a jump of 15m56(-0.3) and Syunsuke Izumiya of Japan earned the bronze with a jump of 15m47(+0.1).
Second one was High Jump. Kyohei Tomori of Japan and Nuh Abdulkadir Ibrahim Anuh of Qatar went head to head at the moment two of them cleared 2m14. But only Tomori made it cleared 2m16, setting his personal best. He finally won the championship of this meet. Hao Zhang of China earned the bronze with a jump of 2m12.
Karin Odama of Japan won the gold in the women’s Heptathlon with a total of 5133 points. Cai-Juan Chen of Chinese Taipei picked up the silver with a total of 4925 points. Diana Geints gained a total of 4804 points and brought the bronze to Kazakhstan.
The last events of our championships were the men’s & women’s 4×400mR Final. Team Japan won the gold in the women’s relay in 3:38.20 setting a new meet record. Team Thailand was the runner-up in 3:41.11, and Team Sri Lanka was the second runner-up in 3:45.16. As for the men’s race, Team Sri Lanka won the gold medal by great team efforts (3:08.70). Team Thailand showed their guts on the final stretch and picked up the silver (3:09.20). Malaysia earned the bronze (3:09.60).
The medals have all been handed out and the 18th Asian Junior Athletics Championships 2018 at Nagaragawa Stadium are a wrap. Japan cleaned up with the most total 42 medals (14-15-13), followed by China for 23 medals (11-8-4) and India for 17 medals (5-2-10).
DAY３ HIGHLIGHTSOn the third day, 6 men’s finals, and 8 women’s finals (including Heptathlon). The largest number of competition during the championships. It was a bright cloudless day.
Women’s Long jump was a seesaw game between Ayaka Kora, Japan and Jiawei Zhong, China. Zhong took the lead from the begging of the game, but Kora overtook Zhong, making a big jump of 6m44(＋0.8) on the 5th round. Immediately afterwards Zhong showed her spirit. She also made the same record as 6m44 of Kora’s, so took back the top by her second record in 6m26. On the last round, Kora made it. She jumped in 6m27, surpassing Zhong’s second record just by one centimeter. Zhong missed the last jump, then Kora won the gold at that moment. The silver medalist was Zhong and the bronze one was Mirei Yoshioka, Japan, with the record of 5m92(+0.4).
In women’s 100mH, Yuiri Yoshida, Japan, came out on top and hold on her lead until the end. She tied the meet record in 13.45m, which is the record Yu Zhang set in 1990. Yoshida won the gold while Yuwei collected the silver(13.55), and Hsiao-Hui Lin, Chinese Taipei, picked up the bronze(13.61).
Ayaka Kawata, Japan, won the women’s 800m in 2:04.14. It was a close race for the second place between Ayano Shiomi, Japan, and Dilshi Kumarasinghe. Shiomi won a close race for the second place in 2:04.50 by a neck, and Dilshi Kumarasinghe was placed 3rd in 2:04.53.
In the men’s Javelin Throw, Zhekai Liu won the gold with a throw of 70m53 while Japan team earned the rest of the medals. One was Masafumi Azechi who picked up the silver in 68m76, and the other was Kentaro Nakamura taking the 3rd place in 65m36.
In the men’s Discus Throw, Moaaz Mohamed S M Ibrahim, Qatar, was the record holder of this Asian Junior Athletics Championships, and challenged the game, aiming for two consecutive title. But Hossein Rasouli, Iran, got in Ibrahim’s way, setting a new meet record in 62m29. Ibrahim couldn’t make it and was placed 2nd. Kosei Yamashita, Japan, won the bronze with a throw of 56m51.
China team won the gold in the women’s 4×100m Relay in 45.06 while Japan team was the runner-up in 45.94, and Hong Kong China was the second runner-up in 47.00. On the other hand, Japan team won the men’s 4×100m Relay in 39.65. Chinese Taipei picked up the silver in 39.72 and India team collected the bronze in 40.75.
DAY２ HIGHLIGHTSOn the second day of the championships, eight men’s finals, and five women’s finals. It was humid and cloudy in the morning.
Hui-Jun Li, Chinese Taipei won the gold medal for women’s Javelin Throw with a throw of 55ｍ36, setting her personal best. Sae Takemoto, Japan, led the game until the fourth throw but Li had a comeback. Takemoto picked up the silver(5m16) and Qianqian Dai, China, earned the bronze(53m29).
Sri Lanka team had a big impact on the competition for Men’s 400m. Aruna Dharshana won the gold with meet record (45.79). Following this teammate, Pasindu Kodikara collected the silver. Syuji Mori challenged the race actively and slid into the 3rd place (47.08).
Competing the gold medal for women’s 1500m, Ririka Hironaka, Japan, stood in the first place from the beginning of the race and never was displaced by the others at the top until the end. She won the gold, setting her personal best (4:17.62). Tomomi Musembi Takamatsu, Japan, finished the second in the race (4:21.65), and Durga Pramod Eore, India, came in the third (4:24.56).
Cairen Suolang, China, won the men’s 10000m race in 30:01.51, setting his personal best. Making a final push, Yuhi Nakaya, Japan, won the silver medal (30:04.24). Kartik Kumar, India, picked up the silver.
It started raining heavily with headwind. Under the bad condition, Men’s Long Jump was held. Yugo Sakai, Japan, came out on top by his first jump(7m61), and hold on his lead until the end. Keqi Zhou,China, was placed 2nd . Sreeshankar, India, won by one centimeter and slid into the 3rd
Men’s Shot Put Final also was performed in the rain. Moaaz Mohamed S M Ibrahim, Qatar, collected the gold medal with his personal best(18m57), while Jinseong Yeo, (Korea) picked up the silver(18m25) and Ashish Bhalothia(India) won the bronze(18m22).
Daisuke Miyamoto who is the captain of Team Japan, challenged the men’s 100m final(+0.6), aiming at the gold medal. But Lalu Muhammad Zohri, Indonesia, led the race, and won against Miyamoto. Zohri clocked 10.27, and Miyamoto finished in 10.35. Muhammad Zulfiqar Ismail, Malaysia, was places 3rd behind them.
Lulu Feng, China, won the women’s 100m(+0.7) in 11.68. Amasha De Silva, Sri Lanka lost by a hair and collected the silver medal in 11.71. Mei Kodama, Japan, won the bronze in a close race, clocked 11.98.
Chinese Taipei team earned two top medals for Men’s Decathlon. Chen-Yu Wang won the gold in 7200 points, and Yu-Shiang Wang picked up the silver in 6704 points. Rin Haraguchi, Japan, recovered from the 4th place, winning the last race of 1500m, and finally finished in 3rd place. Haraguchi gained total 6693 points.
DAY 1 HIGHLIGHTSOn the first day of the competition, three men’s finals (including the first half events of Decathlon) and five women’s finals.
The first of the finals was Women’s 10000 m walk. It was a head-and-head race with Li Ma(CHN) and Nanako Fujii (EDION, JPN), but Ma broke away from Fujii on the last lap, and won the competition, setting the meet record of 45:20.59. Wenxiu Li（CHN）also won the bronze medal marking at 47:38.46. Team China earned two medals for this game.
Linru Zhang (CHN) won the gold medal with a put of 16m05 for Women’s Shot Put. Honoka Oyama (JPN) was placed 2nd behind Zhang, marking at 15m54. Pei-Yu Guo(TPE) got the bronze putting at 14m76.
For Men’s Hammer Throw, Team India completed one-two finish of this competition. Ashish Jakhar(IND) who threw 76m86 won the gold. Singh Damneet (IND) who was the silver medalist of U18 World Championship in 2017 got the silver one again, throwing 74m08. Both of them set their personal best record each. Masanobu Hattori slid into the third place(69m34).
Mikuni Yada (DENSO, JPN) ran far ahead of the other competitors with overwhelming strength from the early stages of Women’s 5000m run, in which 6 athletes took part. She won the gold medal finishing at 16:31.65.
The last jumping events of the first day was Men’s Pole Valt. Syunto Ozaki(JPN) won the gold medal, setting his personal best record(5m20). Idan Fauzan Richsan(INA) finished at 2nd place with a height of 5m15. Kasinpob Chomchanad (THA)and Kazuya Ishibashi(JPN) marked the same record(5m00), and shared the bronze medal.