Caroline Chepkoech Kipkirui, centre in yellow bib, claimed the women's 3,000m title ©Getty Images

Hosts Kazakhstan claimed a gold medal on the opening day of the Asian Indoor Athletics Championships in Astana at the Athletics Sports Complex Qazaqstan, with a victory in the women's 3,000 metres.

Caroline Chepkoech Kipkirui took victory in a time of 9min 01.7sec, in front of He Wuga, outsprinting the Chinese runner on the last lap.

Japan's Yuma Yamamoto took the bronze, beating compatriot Ririka Hironaka in the final straight.

Iran's Farzaneh Fasihi claimed the women's 60m title in a time of 7.28sec, beating Kazakhstan's Olga Safronova who crossed the line in 7.32.

Safronova, who is one of the most significant Asian women's sprinters, was bowed to by the winner as a mark of respect, before the pair embraced.

Indonesian Valentin Vanesa Lonteng took bronze in 7.37.

Ekaterina Voronina stormed to victory in the women's pentathlon, giving Uzbekistan the gold with a total of 4,386 points.

Ekaterina Voronina took the women's pentathlon title ©Getty Images
Ekaterina Voronina took the women's pentathlon title ©Getty Images

Her high jump performance of 1.81 metres and a throw of 13.47m in the shot put were the best of the round, before she finished in style by winning the 800m in 2:17.22.

Yuki Yamasaki from Japan was second in the 800m, but was unable to snatch second in the overall standings, which instead went to India's Swapna Barman, who set a new national record with 4,119 points.

The Japanese athlete finished third with 4,078 points.

India would go to the top of the medal table with a one-two in the men's shot put, with Tajinderpal Singh Toor edging in front of Karanveer Singh in the fifth round with an effort of 19.49 metres.

Singh's second-round effort was his best, with 19.37m, and Chen Xiaodong of China took the bronze with a best of 18.85m.

Finally, Fang Yaoqing of China took the men's triple jump title with a best of 17.20m, in front of India's Praveen Chithravel with 16.98m and Yu Gyu-min of South Korea with 16.73m.