Pole vaulter Li Ling of China led her country to a victory march as the athletics programme of the 3rd Asian Indoor Games kicked of at the My Dinh Indoor Athletics Gymnasium in Hanoi, Vietnam on Saturday (31) evening.

The Chinese opened her account when other competitors in the fray bowed out at 4.00m. She cleared 4.45m to match her personal best (both outdoor and indoors) and collect the gold, but could not attempt to assault country-mate Zhang Yingning’s continental mark of 4.46m, set barely two years ago.

There were six finals on the cards for the opening day, five on the women’s side of the programme. Yet another Chinese, Su Bingtian, took the only gold decided for men with his victory in the 60m. Bingtian celebrated his 20th birthday just two months ago……Read More

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