Syria’s Majd Eddin Ghazal achieved a Games record in the men’s high jump final on the last day of Ashgabat 2017 indoor athletics action ©Ashgabat 2017/Nikita Bassov/Laurel Photo Services

Syria's Majd Eddin Ghazal achieved a Games record in the men's high jump final on the last day of indoor athletics action here at the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games.

The 30-year-old registered a leap of 2.26 metres at the Indoor Athletics Arena, bettering the mark of 2.24m set by Qatar's Rashid Al-Mannai at the 2007 edition of the event in Macau.

Iran’s Keyvan Ghanbar Zadeh matched Ghazal’s Games record, but had to settle for the silver medal on count-back.

Rounding out the podium was Sri Lanka’s P. Manjula K. Wijesekara with 2.21m.

In the men’s triple jump competition, India’s Arpinder Singh triumphed with a leap of 16.21m.

A season’s best 16.12m earned Thailand’s Pratchaya Tepparak the silver medal and Qatar’s Rashid Ahmed R A Al Mannai took bronze with 15.99m.

Today's one other field event saw China’s Bian Ka win the women’s shot put with a mark of 17.34m.

Uzbekistan’s Elena Smolyanova finished second with a personal best 15.60m, while South Korea’s Lee Soojung came third with 15.54m.

Qatar’s Jamal Hairane claimed the men’s 800m crown ©Ashgabat 2017/Facebook
Qatar’s Jamal Hairane claimed the men’s 800m crown ©Ashgabat 2017/Facebook

Out on the track, Qatar’s Jamal Hairane claimed the men’s 800m crown with a time of 1min 49.33sec.

Sri Lanka’s Indunil M. Herath Ekanayaka was his nearest challenger in 1:49.45 with Iran’s Amir Moradi third in 1:49.51.

The equivalent women’s title went the way of Sri Lanka’s Gayanthika T. Artigala in 2:05.12.

China’s Zhang Guiping secured the silver medal in a personal best 2:07.65, while Kyrgyzstan’s Arina Kleshchukova clinched bronze in 2:09.97. 

The first of India’s two indoor athletics gold medals today came courtesy of Ajay Kumar Saroj, who won the men’s 1,500m final in 3:48.67.

Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed Othman Shaween managed a personal best 3:49.65 to finish second ahead of Iraq’s Adnan Taes Agar Al-Mntfage, the bronze medallist in 3:50.98.

The men’s and women’s 4x400m relays also took place today with Pakistan winning the former and Thailand the latter.

Pakistan’s men’s team prevailed in 3:11.40 with Qatar second in 3:12.58 and Thailand third in 3:21.21.

Thailand’s women’s team, meanwhile, claimed victory in a season’s best 3:43.41 with China the runners-up in 3:47.35 and hosts Turkmenistan the third-place finishers in 3:50.39. 

Today’s one other indoor athletics gold medallist was Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed Jasem M Alqaree as he sealed success in the men’s heptathlon with a total of 5,343 points.

Thailand’s Suttisak Singkon came second with 5,332 points and was followed in the standings by Uzbekistan’s Marat Khaydarov with 5,018.

The first billiard sports gold medal was won today ©Ashgabat 2017/Facebook
The first billiard sports gold medal was won today ©Ashgabat 2017/Facebook

Elsewhere today, Chinese Taipei celebrated their first taekwondo gold medal of Ashgabat 2017 as Hung Yu-Ting beat South Korea’s Kim Jihea 12-11 in the women’s under 49 kilograms final.

Iran took their gold medal tally to six thanks to success for Parisa Javadikouchaksaraei in the women’s under 62kg and Erfan Nazemi in the men’s under 80kg at the Taekwondo DanceSport Arena.

Javadikouchaksaraei showed fighting spirit in the dying seconds to come from behind and defeat China’s Zhang Mengyu 15-13.

Nazemi’s tight contest against China’s Chen Linglong ended 13-12.

The fourth gold medal of the night went to South Korea with Jang Jun overcoming Iran’s Hadi Tiranvalipour 31-10 in the men’s under 58kg final.

Turkmenistan’s Ibabekir Bekdurdyyew claimed the first gold medal in billiard sports with victory over coach Yernar Chimbayev of Kazakhstan in the men’s Russian pyramid free event.

Bekdurdyyew romped to an emphatic 5-1 win in front of a raucous crowd in hall seven of the Billiard Sports Arena.

Chimbayev was followed onto the podium by two other members of the Turkmenistan team he coaches with Annamamed Annamamedow and Begenc Aydogdyyew taking the bronze medals as the beaten semi-finalists.

Chinese weightlifter Deng Shiwei won the gold medal in the men's 69kg category ©Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee/Twitter
Chinese weightlifter Deng Shiwei won the gold medal in the men's 69kg category ©Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee/Twitter

China continued to dominate weightlifting competition with Deng Shiwei winning the gold medal in the men's 69kg category.

Deng was perfect on all six lifts to finish with a combined total of 327kg, but he had to sit and wait on the sidelines to see whether a last-ditch effort by Uzbekistan’s Doston Yokubov would drop him to second place.

Yokubov added 12kg to the bar for an attempt at 189kg, which, if successful, would have put him 1kg up on Deng at the Weightlifting Arena.

But the best Yokubov could do was lift the bar waist high and he had to settle for the silver medal with a total of 316kg.

Bronze went to Saudi Arabia’s Mahmoud Alhumayd with 307kg.

In today’s earlier weightlifting medal competition session, China’s Luo Xiaomin completed all six lifts for a winning total of 222kg in the women's 58kg division.

Uzbekistan’s Muattar Nabieva finished second on 212kg, while Indonesia’s Acchedya Jagaddhita came third on 204kg.

It was an evening of generational change in kurash as 40-year-old Sirin Kubayewa of Turkmenistan lost the women's under 87kg final to last year’s junior world champion Rakhima Yuldoshova of Uzbekistan.

Kubayewa, heavyweight champion at the 2009 Asian Indoor Games in Vietnam's capital Hanoi, left the Martial Arts Arena sobbing after missing the chance of winning a title in front of her home crowd at the Martial Arts Arena. 

Spectators also saw a new generation taking the stage in the women’s over 87kg class, where 20-year-old Tran Thi Thanh Thuy of Vietnam beat 17-year-old Anna Dmitriyewa of Turkmenistan in the final.

The home nation lost a third final when Erkin Omurzakow fell to defeat at the hands of 2013 world champion Behzad Vahdani of Iran in the men's under 60kg category.  

Vahdani had eliminated the other home hope, 2016 Asian champion Sohrat Hallyyew, in the semi-final.

With three gold medals, Uzbekistan stepped up to challenge Turkmenistan’s dominance of belt wrestling on day two of competition at the Main Indoor Arena.

Turkmenistan still won nine gold medals, but Uzbekistan's haul was supported by one each for Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.