Edidiong bags 200m gold
Manama, Bahrain extended their amazing run at the 18th Asian Games, being held in Jakarta and Palembang. On the penultimate day of athletics, staged at Gelora Bung Karno Sports Complex, the Kingdom's heroes showed high spirit and captured one gold and one bronze medals.
In the Women's 200m final, Edidiong Odiong raced to victory in 22.96 seconds after a well-contested race. Edidiong, who was second in her semi-final heat on Tuesday, finished the race ahead of India's Dutee Chand (23.20) and Yongli Wei (23.27), who took the silver and bronze, respectively.
Late on, Yaqob Salem added a second medal for Bahrain after coming third in the Men's 200m final. Having reached the final after coming third in his semi-final heat, Salem showed strength throughout this short-distance race and managed to finish in the top three to secure the competition's bronze in 20.55 seconds. Japan's Yuki Koike secured the gold in 20.23 seconds and was followed by Chunhan Yang of Taipei, who timed 20.23.
The result lifted Bahrain's medal tally to 18, including 9 gold, 3 silver and 6 bronze to level their gold medal record in the 2014 Incheon Games. Long-distance runner Alsadik Mikhou and Mohammed Ayoob gave Bahrain hope of another medal at the games as they timed 3:50.75 and 3:46.40 minutes, respectively, in the men's 1,500m heats to reach the final race, scheduled for today.
Ali Khamis led a six-athlete team of Abbas Abubakr, Abraham Rotich, Yaqob Salem, Mousa Isa and Abdulrahman Khamis to a third-place finish in the men's 4x400m relay first round.
Clocking a total time of 3 minutes and 6.29 seconds, the Bahraini men's team were behind first-placers Qatar (3:06.08) and runners up Japan (3:06.11). In the women's 4x100m relay, Salwa Naser, Edidiong Odiong, Iman Isa and Hajer Al Khaldi also reached the final after coming second in 43.86 seconds. They were behind China (43.66) and ahead of third-placers Taipei (45.17).
Elsewhere, Yahiaaldien Khalifa came 13th in the cycling track men's 4,000m qualification race at Jakarta International Velodrome. Khalifa timed 5 minutes and 3.289 seconds in this 16-lap race to miss on a place in the final race.
Source: Bahrain News Agency