The Asian Athletics Championships 2017 kick off in Bhubaneswar at the Kalinga Stadium on July 6, Thursday. Before getting into the details of the championships, it is imperative to give hearty congratulations to the Odisha Government for constructing such a magnificent world class stadium in a span of 90 days and that too without any hiatus. It is the 22nd edition of the Asian Athletics Championship and for the third time, it is held in India.
The eyes would be glued to Indian performance on the field. Over the years there has been a significant improvement in the performance of Indians in track and field and the championships here in India is the perfect place to showcase our prowess and improvement.
Asian Athletics Championships 2017 Schedule
The event will start with the opening ceremony scheduled to take place on July 5 at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar. The Asian Athletics Championships 2017 will run for four days and will conclude on July 9.
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Asian Athletics Championships 2017 Indian Athletes List
The Men squad:
100m and 200m: Amiya Kumar Mallick;
400m: Muhammed Anas, Amoj Jacob and Arokia Rajiv;
800m: Jinson Johnson and Vishambhar Keolkar;
1500m: Ajay Kumar Saroj and Siddhantha Adhikari;
5000m: G Lakshmanan and Murli Kumar Gavit;
10,000m: Lakshmanan, Gopi Thonakal and Kalidas Hirave;
3000m steeplechase: Naveen Kumar and Durga Bahadur Budha;
110m hurdles: Siddhant Thingalaya* and Prem Kumar;
400m hurdles: Jabir MP, Santhosh Kumar T and Durgesh Kumar Pal;
Pole vault: S Siva;
High jump: Chethan B and Ajay Kumar;
Long jump: Ankit Sharma, Samsheer SE and Siddharth Mohan Naik*;
Triple jump: Arpinder Singh and Karthik U*;
Shot put: Tajinder Pal Toor, Jasdeep Singh Dhillon and Omprakash Singh Karhana;
Discus throw: Vikas Gowda*, Dharamraj Yadav and Kirpal Singh;
Hammer throw: Niraj Kumar;
Javelin throw: Neeraj Chopa, Davinder Singh Kang and Abhishek Singh;
Decathlon: Jagtar Singh and Abhishek Shetty;
4x100m relay: Amiya Kumar Mallick, Jyotishankar Debnath, Anuroop John, VK Elakkiya Dasan, Pravin Muthukumaran and Chintha Sudhakar;
4x400m relay: Muhammed Anas, Amoj Jaco, Arokia Rajiv, Sachi Roby, Mohan Kumar and Kunju Muhammed.
The Women squad:
100m and 200m: Dutee Chand and Srabani Nanda;
400m: Nirmala, MR Poovamma and Jisna Mathew;
800m: Tintu Luka, Archana Adhav and Lili Das;
1500m: Monika Choudhary;
5000m: L Suriya and Sanjivani Jadhav;
10,000m: L Suriya, Sanjivani Jadhav and Meenu;
3000m steeplechase: Sudha Singh and Parul Chaudhary;
100m hurdles: Nayana James;
400m hurdles: Anu R, Jauna Murmu and Arpitha M.
Pole vault: KM Sangeeta; High jump: Sahana Kumari and Swapna Barman;
Long jump: Nayana James*, Neena V and G Karthika;
Triple jump: Sheena NV and Joyline Murali Lobo*.
Shot put: Manpreet Kaur, Ramanpreet Kaur and Anamika Das;
Discus throw: Kamalpreeet Kaur Bal, Seema Punia and Himani Singh;
Hammer throw: Sarita R Singh and Gunjan Singh;
Javelin throw: Annu Rani, Poonam Rani Singh and Suman Devi.
Heptathlon: Swapna Barman, Purnima Hembram and Liksy Joseph.
4x100m relay: Dutee Chand, Srabani Nanda, Merlin Joseph, Reena George, Ruma Sarkar and Himashree Roy;
4x400m relay: Nirmala, Poovamma, Jisna Mathew, Vijayakumari GK, Sarita Ben Gayakwad and Debashree Mazumdar.
There would be the weight of expectation on teen sensation Neeraj Chopra, who finished 5th in the recently concluded Diamond League meet. Vikas Gowda and Dutee Chand would also remain medal hopefuls and so would be the shot putter Om Prakash Singh. Also coming off a strong performance in the recently concluded Asian Grand Prix are Tinku Luka and Manpreet Kaur. Both won gold in their respective and P.T. Usha Lad also set season’s best timing of 2:02.86s in her pet event of 800m.
Though it is not going to be easy for the Indian lads in the championships. The field is strong and full of world class contenders especially from countries like China, Japan, and South Korea. These three countries have of late set new standards in Asian athletics and also made their mark on the international stage.
Li Ning, Zhang Guowei, Femi Seunare just some names whose names would be echoed in the 4 days to come. This time around over 700 athletes would compete in the 42 events. All Asian countries except Turkmenistan would be represented in the championships.
The winner of these events not only gets all the accolades but also a direct qualification to the World Championships in London to be held next month. Also with Commonwealth games and Asian games at such proximity, it might well be a chance for the Indians to get to full form and with so much at stake for all others expect it to a cracker jacker of an event and new faces to turn up that might headline the world of athletics for years to come.