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Nine gold medals to be decided on final day of Indoor Athletics

20 September, 2017 (17:33)
Tags: Indoor Athletics, Iran, Sri Lanka, Qatar, India, Syria, Tajikistan, China

Track and field events at the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games will conclude on Wednesday 20 September with the crowning of seven new continental individual champions and two teams.

Out of all events being contested at the Indoor Athletics Arena on the final day of Athletics, the men’s 800m will perhaps be the most anticipated.

The field will be headed by Amir Moradi (IRI) and Indunil Herath Ekanayaka (SRI) who won Tuesday's semifinals with Qatar’s 2016 Asian Indoor Championships silver medallist, Jamal Hairane (QAT), also a contender.

In the men's 1500m, reigning Asian outdoor champion Ajay Kumar Saroj (IND) will attempt to win the event indoors at Ashgabat 2017, but will face challenges from 2012 Asian indoor champion Mohammed Othman Shaween (KSA), China's national U18 champion Zhang Dayu and 2012 IAAF world junior champion Hamza Driouch (QAT). 

The men’s High Jump lost some of its sheen due to the absence of the continent’s top jumping stars, but 2017 IAAF World Championships bronze medallist, Majd Eddin Ghazal (SYR), will look to capitalise on the opportunity and go for gold.

GHAZAL, who won the 2009 Asian Indoor Games title and reached the 2016 Rio Olympic Games final, will need to beat reigning central Asian champion Husniddin Zaripov (TJK), 2005 and 2009 Asian outdoor champion Manjula Wijeskara (SRI) and Mahamat Allamine Hamdi (QAT).

Rashid Ahmed Al Mannai (QAT) looks the favourite in men’s Triple Jump. The 29-year-old, who also holds the Games record in High Jump after taking gold at the 2007 Asian Indoor Games, won a Triple Jump bronze medal at the 2016 Asian Indoor Championships.

Uzbekistan's Ruslan Kurbanov, China's national U18 Triple Jump champion Wan Hanchen and 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Arpinder Singh (IND) look set to challenge Al Mannai.

In women’s Shot Put, 2014 Asian Indoor Championships bronze medallist Bian Ka (CHN) looks a strong prospect. Areerat Intadis (THA), a silver medallist at the recent 2017 South East Asian Games, as well as triple Oceania champion Jean Tereapii Tapoki (COK) and Lee Soojung (KOR) will be Bian's toughest rivals.

In women’s 800m, 2017 Asian Championship silver medallist Gayanthika Artigala (SRI) is favourite but will be pushed by Kyrgyzstan duo Gulshanoi Satarova and Arina Kleshchukova as well as Zhang Guiping (CHN). 

Champions in Men’s Heptathlon and the Men's and Women's 4x400m Relay races will also be crowned in the final three events of the day.

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