You could have been excused for not noticing Chinese javelin thrower Zhao Qinggang at the last IAAF World Championships – he managed just over 77 metres in qualifying and failed to make the final. But following his phenomenal throw of 89.15m to win the 2014 Asian Games title, the 29-year-old has set his goal on a podium finish in Beijing this summer.
They were already leading the athletics medal table at the Asian Games in the Korean city of Inchon, but China went from strength to strength on Thursday (2), adding four more gold medals to their tally.
Four Games records were broken – three of them by Chinese athletes – on Wednesday (9), the final day of athletics at the East Asian Games in Tianjin.
The athletics competition of the 12th National Games concluded in Shenyang on Wednesday evening (11) with a new generation of Chinese athletes stepping up.
Hobart’s Domain Athletics Track, perched high above the Derwent River, offers a wide range of weather conditions.