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Day 1: Thailand Open 2008
  • April 28th, 2008

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Thailand Open Track & Field Championship 2008 got underway during the weekend. It’s to be held between 26th April (Sat) to the 29th April (Tue) at the Thammasat University in Rangsit, Thailand

Day One (26th April 2008, Saturday) saw five records from nine of the twelve events scheduled. The rain and flooded fields resulted in some of the events being postponed

The morning started early with a new record. The exciting 10000m Men’s race at 6.45am saw records tumble as two Taiwanese pushed each other in the event to erase the previous mark of 31:17.20 held by Thailand’s Boonthong Srisang. Wen-Chen Wu and Chin-Ping Ho finished in that order, timed at 30:32.19 and 31:13.29 respectively. Consolation third was Vietnam’s Nguyen Dang Duc Bao (31:38.99)

There was also a new record when the 110m hurdles Men event saw the previous seven year 14.28 seconds record by Thai’s Songpol Saengmark in 2001, smashed by South Korea’s Jung-Joon Lee, winning in a time of 13.63 seconds. Jung was followed close by another sub 14s podium finisher, second placed compatriot Tae-Kyong Park (13.72 seconds) and Malaysia’s Robani Hassan (13.91 seconds)

As the hurdles was being held, the field saw a trio of ladies in the hammer event which beat the old record of 46.26 metres. The Malaysian bodes well as their two athlete top the podium standing when Song Hwa Tan won gold in 51.59 metres and Shahidah Abdullah grabbed silver for her throw of 50.54 metres. There was marked improvement in this event, for two ladies threw above the 50m mark and the bronze medalist Indonesia’s Yurita Arianny Arsyad came close at 48.73 metres

In the afternoon session, the long jump women saw Malaysia based Anatasiya Juravleva winning gold with her 6.27m leap while the men’s long jump saw a respectable jump of 7.47m from Kazakhstan’s Sofronov Konstantin

there was another record in the Mens Javelin as top three finisher all surpassed the old mark of 66.70 metres set by Thailand’s Therdsak Booinchant in 2000. Uzbekistan’s Tarzuminov Rinat showed class when he threw 72.70 metres to grab gold. Second spot was Taiwan’s Yu-wen Chen with his mark of 68.18 metres and another Uzbekistan, Zytev Ivan snatched bronze (68.15 metres)

In the 1500m womens event, a sublime run from Indonesia’s Rini Budiarti saw her running ahead of the pack. She was a class above the rest breaking the old record by 11 seconds. The old mark at 4:36.35 minutes by Thailand’s Sasithorn Chantharanuhong since 1986 was lowered to 4:25.35 by the 22 year old distance runner. Her nearest competitor was Ganthamanth Kularaswamy from Malaysia finishing in a time of 4: 45.90 and third was Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Bich Tram who clocked 4:48.72

After the 1500m womens event, it was the mens turn. Taiwan’s Fu-Pin Chen nipped Korea’s Jung-Jin Park to win by the closest of margin, Chen 3:54.67 and Park 3:54.92. Malaysia’s Vadivellan Mahendran followed behind with a time of 3:55.01 for third spot

The last event of the day for senior athletes saw the 10000m womens event. Previous winner, Saifon Biawong of Royal Thai Air Force won it from her compatriot in the Air Force as she surged in the final lap to break free. She won it in a time of 38:46.65 while second place Kwandao Puchinsiri finished in 39:02.02. Close behind was Vietnam’s Duong Thi-Kim Tuyen (39:14.58)

Full Reports: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4

Day 1 Results

10000m Men – 0645H
1. Wen-Chen Wu (Taiwan) 30:32.19
2. Chin-Ping (Taiwan) 31:13.29
3. Nguyen Dang Duc Bao (Vietnam) 31:38.99

Hammer Women – 0745H
1. Song Hwa Tan (Malaysia) 51.69m
2. Shahidah Abdullah (Malaysia) 50.54m
3. Yurita Arianny (Indonesia) 48.73m

110m hurdles Men – 0835H
1. Jung-Joon Lee (South Korea) 13.63
2. Tae-Kyong Park (South Korea) 13.72
3. Robani Hassan (Malaysian) 13.91

Long Jump Women – 1330H
1. Anatasiya Juravleva (Malaysia HPTC) 6.27m

Long Jump Men – 1545H
1. Sofronov Konstantin (Kazakhstan) 7.47m

Javelin Men – 1545H
1. Tarzuminov Rinat (Uzbekistan) 72.70m
2. Yu-wen Chen (Taiwan) 68.18m
3. Zytev Ivan (Uzbekistan) 68.15m

1500m Women – 1625H
1. Fu-Pin Chen (Indonesia) 4:25.35
2. Ganthamanth Kularaswamy (Malaysia) 4:45.90
3. Nguyen Thi Bich Tram (Vietnam) 4:48.72

1500m Men – 1635H
1. Rini Budiarti (Taiwan) 3:54.67
2. Jung-Jin Park (Korea) 3:54.92
3. Vadivellan Mahendran (Malaysia) 3:55.01

10000m Women – 1725H
1. Saifon Biawong (Royal Thai Air Force) 38:46.65
2. Kwandao Puchinsiri (Royal Thai Air Force) 39:02.02
3. Duong Thi-Kim Tuyen (Vietnam) 39:14.58


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