COLOMBO: Gennadiy Chernovol of Kazakhstan and Lyubov Perepelova of Uzbekistan emerged as the fastest man and woman respectively in the second leg of the Asian Grand Prix 2004 series on Sunday in Sri Lanka’s capital here.
Chernovol clocked 10.50 seconds to win the men’s 100m. Saudi Arabian Yahya H.I. Habeeb (10.59) and Sri Lankan Joy Dhanushka Perera (10.64) finished second and third respectively.
Perepelova clocked 11.38 to win the women’s 100m, while Uzbekistan’s Guzel Khubbieva was second in 11.54.
But the day’s most exciting event was the women’s 200m, an event that’s generally important for hosts Sri Lanka. Olympic medallist Susanthika Jayasinghe – who won the first-leg event in Thailand last Wednesday with a timing of 23.42 – was given a close fight by Uzbekistan’s Perepelova, who clocked an identical 23.38.
However, the Sri Lankan sprint queen was lucky to scrape through in a photo finish. Guzel Khubbieva of Uzbekistan (23.52) came in third.
Sri Lanka’s Manjula Kumara Wijesekera set a new national mark of 2.25m to win the men’s high jump.
Besides Manjula and Susanthika, the only other Sri Lankan to secure a first place was Rohan Pradeep Kumara Fernando, who retained the men’s 400m title he won at the first leg meet in Songkla.
Fernando clocked 45.78 to win in style, without much challenge from his closest rivals, Indian Manoj Lal K.J. (46.75) and Saudi Arabian Khalid K.B. Salim (47.48), who came in second and third respectively.
India won the men’s 4 x 400m men’s relay to keep their Olympic chances alive.
Second-placed Sri Lanka clocked a better timing than they registered at the first-leg meet in Songkla.
Improving on their timing of 3:05.10, Sri Lanka’s team clocked 3:04.46 to finish behind India once more.
The Indians clocked 3:04.30 to keep their chances alive of a place in the Athens Olympics. Sri Lanka’s chances of making it to the summer Olympics look slim, unless they come out with a superlative performance in Manila on Thursday.
Sri Lanka’s men’s 400m relay team badly felt the absence of injured Sugath Tillakaratne, who normally does the anchor lap. Rohan gave a considerable lead as Ranga Wimalawansa capitalised on the second.
Even when Rohitha Pushpakumara gave the baton to Prasanna Amarasekera for the final lap, Sri Lanka had a close lead. But Amarasekera faltered under pressure. – AP
100m: Gennadiy Chernovol (Kaz) 10.50, 2. Yahya H.I. Habeeb (Ksa) 10.59, 3. Joy Dhanushka Perera (Sri) 10.64.
200m: 1. Yang Yaozu (Chn) 21.08, 2. Prasanna Amarasekera (Sri) 21.17, 3. He Jun (Chn) 21.24.
400m: 1. Rohan Pradeep Kumara Fernando (Sri) 45.78, 2. Manoj Lal (Ind) 46.75, 3. Khalid K.B. Salim (Ksa) 47.48.
1500m: 1. Salah F. Fadallah (Ksa) 3:40.42, 2. Sajad Moradi (Irn) 3:41.74, 3. J.M.S. Jayaweera (Sri) 3:44.08.
4x100m: 1. Thailand 39.58, 2. Sri Lanka 39.71, 3. Saudi Arabia 39.80.
4x400m: 1. India 3:04.30, 2. Sri Lanka 3:04.46, 3. India B 3:26.34.
Shot put: 1. Ahmad Gholoum (Kuw) 18.42m, 2. Navpreet Singh (Ind) 18.13m, 3. Sergey Rubtsov (Kaz) 17.84m.
Triple jump: 1. Gu Junjie (Chn) 16.11m, 2. Mohamad Hazzori (Syr) 16.09m, 3. Rasheed A. R. Al Rumani (Ksa) 16.08m.
High jump: 1. Manjula Kumara Wijesekera (Sri) 2.25m, 2. Jean Claude Pabbath (Leb) 2.23m, 3. Iuriy Pakhlyayev (Kaz) 2.23m.
Discus: 1. Abbas Saimimi (Irn) 63.77m, 2. Wu Tao (Chn) 61.67m, 3. Sultan M.M. Al-Dawodi (Ksa) 59.30m.
100m: 1. Luy Bov Perepelova (Uzb) 11.38, 2. Guzel Khubbieva (Uzb) 11.54, 3. Nong Nuch Sanrat (Tha) 11.73.
200m: 1. Sushantika Jayasinghe (Sri) 23.38, 2. Lyubov Perepelova (Uzb) 23.38, 3. Guzel Khubbieva (Uzb) 23.52.
400m: 1. Manjeet Kaur (Ind) 52.52, 2. Svetlana Bodritskaya (Kaz) 52.63, 3. Damayahnthi Darsha (Sri) 52.83.
1500m: 1. Tatiana Borisova (Kaz) 4:10.35 , 2. Syetlana Lukasheva (Kaz) 4:17.15, 3. S.N.D. Silva (Sri) 4:40.56.
100m hurdles: 1. Feng Yun (Chn) 13.24, 2. Su Uping (Chn) 13.62, 3. J.J. Shoba (Ind) 13.91.
4x100m: 1. Japan 44.39, 2. China 44.84, 3. Sri Lanka 45.73.
4x400m: 1. India 3:27.35, 2. Kazakstan 3:43.59, 3. Sri Lanka 3:56.46.
Discus: 1. Li Yan Feng (Chn) 64.30m, 2. Neelam J. Singh (Ind) 60.63m, 3. Xu Shaoyang (Chn) 59.31m.
Shot put: 1. Li Meiju (Chn) 17.92m, 2. Zhang Guirongm (Sin) 17.62m, 3. Lee Chen Feng (Chn) 17.17m.
Long jump: 1. Leyang Shu Yun (Chn) 6.66m, 2. J.J. Shoba (Ind) 6.63m, 3. Lerma Elmiram (Phi) 6.56m.