Top ranked athletes gear up to compete in Asian All Star Meet

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Bhopal, Sep 15 (UNI) More than 60 top ranked Asian athletes from 20 countries will vie for top honours as Bhopal is all set to host the second edition Asian All Star Meet here at Tatyasaheb Tope Nagar stadium from September 18.

Government of Madhya Pradesh in association with Madhya Pradesh Athletics Association is hosting the event.

More than 60,000 dollars of cash awards will be given to the top three positions in each event. The first place will be given 1,500 dollars and second and third place will receive 800 and 500 dollars respectively.

Asian games 400m champion Olga Tereshkova of Kazakhstan is pitted against Asian championship silver medalist Satti Geetha of India and Asian games medalist Asami Tanno of Japan.

Asian Champion, Song Amin of China will be key attraction of the meet. She will face tough challenge in the women's discus throw from her arch rivals Krishna Poonia and Seema Antil of India.

In the men's triple jump event, Renjith Maheshwary (pb 17.19m), India's star triple jumper and current Asian Champion have a lot to prove in Bhopal.

Chinese Li Yanxi is in great form with a jump of 17.30m this season. Another 17 meter plus jumper from Kazakhstan Ektov Yevgeniy will add more glamour to the contest.

Women's high jump will emerge with sensational results when two high jumpers, Yekaterina Yevseyeva and Natalaya Ivoninskaya from Kazakhstan who are co-owner of the current Asian Record of 1.98m fight for top slot.

Athletes will compete in the following events: Men: 100m, 400m, 800m, 5000m, 400m hurdles, High Jump, Triple Jump, Shot Put, Discus Throw, Javelin Throw, Long Jump.

Women: 100m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 100m hurdles, High Jump, Long Jump, Discus Throw.


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