Skydan grabs gold for hosts in hammer throw final

16 May 2017
Azerbaijan's Hanna Skydan celebrates on the podium of the Women's Hammer Throw of the Athletics events at the Baku 2017.

Azerbaijan's Hanna Skydan launched her way to gold in the women's hammer throw final on the first day of athletics at the Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku on Tuesday.

Skydan, who had already won a major title on home turf with gold in the 2015 European Games in the Azeri capital, threw a season's best 75.29 metres to finish nearly eight metres clear of Turkish silver medallist Kivilcim Kaya Salman (67.41m). Bronze went to Morocco's Soukaina Zakkour (63.10m).

Senegal's Sangone Kandji leapt to gold in the women's triple jump final with a first-round jump of 13.05 metres.

Cameroon's Joelle Mbumi Nkouindjin, who was seventh in the 2014 Commonwealth Games final, was unable to improve on her first-round effort of 12.84 metres as she had to settle for silver.

Azeri Yekaterina Sariyeva produced a fourth-round leap of 12.81 metres to equal the bronze medal she earnt at the European Games two years ago.
Bahrain's Andrew Fisher looked impressive as he breezed through to the men's 100-metre final with the fastest semi-final time of 10.22 seconds.
Fisher finished well ahead of Turkey's Emre Zafer Barnes in semi-final one as the pair took the two automatic qualifying spots.

Gold-medal favourite and Asian record holder Femi Ogunode sneaked through to the final but could only manage second place in the third semi behind Turkey's Ramil Guliev.

Omani sprinter Barakat Al-Harthi and Iran's Hassan Taftian qualified from semi-final two.

In the women's 100-metre semi-finals, The Gambia's Gina Bass cantered to a place in the final with a comfortable victory in the first semi-final in Tuesday's evening session.

Bass posted a season's best 11.51 seconds to finish 0.2 seconds ahead of the next fastest qualifier, Uzbekistan's Nigina Sharipova. Hajar Alkhaldi of Bahrain also went through automatically from semi-final one.

Azerbaijan's Zakiyya Hasanova won the second semi-final ahead of Bahrain's Iman Essa and Turkey's Mizgin Ay who were the automatic qualifiers.
Iran's Ali Khadivar produced an impressive time of 45.87 seconds to win the first heat as he advanced to the men's 400-metre final.

Asian Games silver medallist Abbas Abubakar Abbas clinched his final berth after the Bahrain athlete won a much slower heat two in 46.75 seconds.

Another Bahrain dangerman Ali Khamis Khamis made it to the 400-metre final after strolling to second place in heat three behind Turkey's Batuhan Altintas.

Khamis finished sixth in the Olympic final and is favourite to win gold in Baku on Wednesday.

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