Brazilian sprinters put on an impressive display on the third day of action at the 7th CISM Military World Games in Wuhan, China, on Thursday (24).
At the tender age of 19, Wang Jianan is already established among the world’s elite long jumpers. The Chinese athlete first emerged on the global scene when winning the 2014 world junior title in Eugene and last year in Beijing he took the bronze medal at the IAAF World Championships. Here he gives an insight into some first things of significance both on and off the track
USA’s 2015 world leader Jeffrey Henderson and Australia’s world silver medallist Fabrice Lapierre will face a quartet of home-grown talent in the long jump at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Shanghai on 14 May.
Four medallists from last year’s IAAF World Championships will compete in the long jump at the Globen Galan, part of the IAAF World Indoor Tour, in Stockholm on 17 February.
For the partisan crowd that had filled the Bird’s Nest Stadium, the men’s long jump – with three Chinese finalists – was the highlight of the evening.
Wilhem Belocian carried on the French tradition of producing outstanding hurdlers – think Guy Drut, Ladji Doucoure and the number one man in the world at the moment Pascal Martinot-Lagarde – when he became the first junior athlete to run the 110m hurdles faster than 13 seconds with a world junior record of 12.99.
Wang Jianan led the first Asian men’s field event medal sweep in the history of the IAAF World Junior Championships and in the process he also became the second Chinese athlete to win the long jump world junior title with 8.08m.
Beijing’s IAAF World Challenge meeting on Wednesday (21) produced three world leads, but just as importantly, a big night for China and Beijing, showing that it retains the ability to stage a major championships and its athletes have the talent to compete well at global level.
The 110 hurdles is almost synonymous in Asia with Liu Xiang and on the third day of the 20th Asian Athletics Championships in Pune, India, it was the turn of Jiang Fan to take China’s legacy forward in the event on Friday (6).