2014 World Junior Champion Ruth Jebet of Bahrain lit up today’s action at the 2015 International Military Sports Council (CISM) World Games as she claimed gold in the women’s steeplechase in a Games record time in Mungyeong, South Korea.
Kenyan-born Chebet powered to gold by clocking 9min 30.24sec, which saw her finish clearly ahead of Kenya’s Agnes Chesang, who was over 10 seconds adrift, and compatriot Tigist Mekonen.
Asian Games gold medallist Zhang Li of China was also in record-breaking form as she threw 62.95 metres to take the women’s javelin title.
Zhang, who competed for her nation at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, proved too strong for the rest of the field, with Brazilian Jucilene de Lima claiming silver after recording a best effort of 57.99.
Current International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Athletics Championships Mariya Kuchina of Russia continued her superb form of late as she leapt 1.95 metres to seal high jump gold.
The Russian 22-year-old star, Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games champion, finished in front of Ukraine’s Irina Heraschenko, who was second with 1.84m.
The success kept on coming for the Chinese team as Gao Yang, who was fifth at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Beijing, claimed the women’s shot put title thanks to a best throw of 18.14m.
The perennial silver medallist, second at the Asian Championships on home soil in Wuhan and at the 2012 World Junior Championships in the Spanish city of Barcelona, took gold ahead of Russian Irina Tarasova, who registered 17.90m.
Cameroonian Aurelie Dongmo’s 17.64m, a national record, was enough for bronze.
Reigning 800m world champion Mariya Arzamasava of Belarus posted the fastest qualification time at the event in Mungyeong by clocking 2:06.11.
Iran’s Reza Ghasemi, who won bronze at the Asian Championships, looks the one to beat in the men’s 100m after recording the quickest time in the qualification round thanks to finishing in 10.28.
October 2015: Brazil claim double gold on opening day of 2015 CISM World Military Games after dominating judo team events
October 2015: Nine Russian athletes deported from South Korea following drunken behaviour on flight to CISM World Games