Taiwan Athletics Open: Manyonga, Thao Bui take long jump gold

India’s U. Neethu finishes fifth in 5000m.

File Photo: Luvo Manyonga won the men’s long jump with a wind-assisted 8.40m.   -  Getty Images

After winning a surprise silver in the women’s 1500m on Friday, there was a bit of a disappointment for U. Neethu in the 5000m, her strong event, at the Taiwan Athletics Open in Taipei City on Saturday.

The 22-year-old from Kerala finished fifth in 18:07.63s, a time which was nearly a minute slower than her personal best. North Korea’s Son Hui Kim won the gold in 16:50.42s.

Another Kerala athlete, U. V. Sruthiraj was fourth in her heat in the women’s 200m in 26.51s and failed to qualify for the final. Latvia’s Gunta Latiseva-Cudare, the under-23 European champion and the World University Games silver medallist, won the title in 23.38s.

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In other prominent results, South Africa’s World champion Luvo Manyonga won the men’s long jump with a wind-assisted 8.40m (he also had a 8.38m under a legal wind which broke the meet record) and Vietnam’s Asian champion Thi Thu Thao Bui won the women’s long jump with 6.34m with Philippines’ former Asian champion Marestella Sunang (6.25m) taking the silver.

Meanwhile host Taipei’s Asian record holder Chao Tsun Cheng won the men’s javelin throw with 81.41m.