News ID: 120919
Published: 0626 GMT June 26, 2015

Iranian sprinter wins Asian GP gold

Iranian sprinter wins Asian GP gold

Iranian athlete Hassan Taftian finished first in the 100m running race in the second edition of the Asian Grand Prix Series in Thailand.

The 22-year-old athlete clocked 10.41 seconds at the men’s 100m final in the central Thai town of Pathum Thani, located 29 kilometers north of Bangkok, on Thursday and stood on top of the podium, Press TV wrote.

Taftian had earlier clocked 10.24 seconds in another 100-meter final competition of the tournament in Bangkok on Tuesday.

Also on Thursday, Iranian sprinter Sajjad Hashemi Ahangari competed in the men’s 400m. He finished with a time of 45.98 seconds to stand second. Hashemi Ahangari beat his previous best time of 46.00.

The Iranian athletics team clinched three gold and two bronze medals on the first day of the second edition of the Asian Grand Prix Series on Tuesday.

Iranian high jumper Keyvan Qanbarzadeh, who holds the national record with his personal best of 2.26m registered in the southwestern Iranian city of Shiraz in April 2012, snatched the gold medal with 2.26 meters.

His Syrian and Chinese competitors took the silver and bronze medals in the final high jump content, respectively.

Iranian sportswoman Sepideh Tavakkoli finished third in the women’s long jump competitions, and brought home the first bronze medal.

Iranian runner Amir Moradi also won the bronze medal in the men’s 800m.

The second edition of the Asian Grand Prix Series opened in Thailand on June 25 and will run till 29. The first leg of the tournament started in the capital. The second leg is currently underway in Pathum Thani, while the third leg will be staged in Chanthaburi.

While sportsmen compete in 100m, 400m, 800m, 110mH, 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay long jump, high jump, shot put and javelin throw competitions, women vie against each other in 100m, 400m, 800m, 100mH, 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay (field) — triple jump, high jump, discus throw and shot put contests.

A cash prize of $1,500, $800 and $500 will be awarded to the athletes who finish first to third in individual events.

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