Latest Athletics News (Week 3 May 2018)

Hamilton College women’s rowing team wins 2018 National Invitational

Last Friday, the Hamilton College Continentals won the varsity 8 petite final of this year’s National Invitational Rowing Championships that took place on Lake Quinsigamond situated in Worcester, Massachusetts. The event, also doubling as the NESCAC Rowing Championships, was the last chance for the Continentals to make an impression on the selections committee for the Women’s Rowing Championships of 2018 NCAA Division III. Friday’s match turned out to be thrilling one when the first three boats crossed the finish line with the time difference of less than a second. While the Hamilton College Continentals finished first with a time of 06:37.043, the William Smith College claimed the second place with 6:37.653 and University of New Hampshire came third, finishing the race in 6:37.885. The Continentals share the 6th rank with Williams College the latest Top 15 coaches poll of Division III while with sitting in the second position in the varsity 8 in New York Region by the NCAA, the first position being claimed by Ithaca College. The team is also currently enjoying first position in the team rankings as well aa the NCAA second varsity 8 rankings.

Beijing hosts World Para Athletics Grand Prix Tour

Beijing is the latest stop for the tour of the 2018 World Para Athletics Grand Prix. The three day event,to take place at the China Administration of Sports for Persons with Disabilities complex, will host approximately 250 para-athletics coming from over 17 countries. More than 20 of the 2017 London World Para Athletics Championships gold medallists are scheduled to compete at the event. China had finished at the top of the medal tally table for the 2017 Championships with 19 gold medals and is expected to deliver some great performances this year as well. Many of the previous year’s gold medallists from China will be competing in Beijing, some of them being F41 javelin thrower Sun Pengxiang, long jumper Shang Guangxu among men and F38 discus thrower Mi Na and shot put thrower Zou Lijuan among women.

Zubin Muncherji sets new national 400m record

On May 12th, Singaporean sprinter Zubin Muncherji broke the national men’s 400 metre record at the Big Ten Championships held in Bloomington, Indiana, completing the lap in 47.02 seconds. Running as an Indiana University freshman, the 21-year-old finished at the 10th place in the 400m heats, narrowly missing out a position in the finals. Had he qualified, his record time would have earned him the sixth position in the final race, which was won by Mar’yea Harris from Iowa. Zubin himself was the one with the previous national record of 47.29 seconds which he had set at the 2014 Taiwan Asian Junior Athletics Championships. His new record also makes him eligible for the Asian Games to take place in August, though the final selection requires approval of the Singapore national Olympic Council.