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Athletics at the 1997 East Asian Games

Athletics at the 2nd East Asian Games
Host stadium in Busan
Dates10–19 May
Host cityBusan, South KoreaSouth Korea
VenueBusan Gudeok Stadium
Participation? athletes from
9 nations

At the 1997 East Asian Games, the athletics events were held at the Busan Gudeok Stadium in Busan, South Korea between 10 and 19 May. Forty-three events were contested, 23 by male athletes and 20 by females.[1]

In terms of country performance the competition was a closely contested affair between Japan, which dominated the men's events, and China which led in the women's proceedings. Both finished with a total of 16 gold medals, but China's strength in depth showed in the minor medals as it took a medal haul of 52 (ten more than Japan). Kazakhstan took the third-most gold medals with seven, while the hosts (South Korea) won 18 medals to be the third-best medalling team, although this was one of their weaker sports.

In terms of athletes, Minori Hayakari provided a boost to Japan by winning silver in the 800 metres and a bronze in the 1500 metres event. Wang Zhicheng of China also won two individual medals: a 5000 metres silver, and 10,000 metres bronze. A number of athletes went on to further success at the 1998 Asian Games: Koji Ito and Koji Murofushi won gold in their events, and China had particular success with their field eventers as Ren Ruiping, Li Meisu and Li Shaojie all took Asian Games gold medals.[2]

Medal summary


Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
Wind: 4.0 m/s
 Nobuharu Asahara (JPN) 10.04 w  Lin Wei (CHN) 10.30 w  Hideki Onohara (JPN) 10.36 w
200 metres  Koji Ito (JPN) 20.98 GR  Huang Danwei (CHN) 21.05  Han Chaoming (CHN) 21.23
400 metres  Son Ju-Il (KOR) 45.84 GR  Shunji Karube (JPN) 46.08  Shigekazu Ōmori (JPN) 46.50
800 metres  Kim Soon-Hyung (KOR) 1:49.00  Lee Jae-Hun (KOR) 1:50.75  Zhang Yi (CHN) 1:50.76
1500 metres  Kiyonari Shibata (JPN) 3:49.90 GR  Liu Lijun (CHN) 3:49.97  Kim Soon-Hyung (KOR) 3:51.18
5000 metres  Yuichi Tajiri (JPN) 13:55.84  Wang Zhicheng (CHN) 14:03.62  Kim Seong-Ho (KOR) 14:22.96
10,000 metres  Toshinari Takaoka (JPN) 28:44.60 GR  Kenji Takao (JPN) 29:29.08  Wang Zhicheng (CHN) 29:49.54
110 metre hurdles  Li Tong (CHN) 13.67 GR  Chen Yanhao (CHN) 13.70  Hisanobu Konae (JPN) 13.85
400 metre hurdles  Kazuhiko Yamazaki (JPN) 49.60 GR  Yoshihiko Saito (JPN) 50.41  Tan Chunhua (CHN) 50.73
3000 metre steeplechase  Yasunori Uchitomi (JPN) 8:39.28 GR  Wataru Izumi (JPN) 8:45.38  Qin Gang (CHN) 8:54.16
4×100 metre relay  Japan (JPN) 39.32 GR  China (CHN) 39.43  Chinese Taipei (TPE) 40.31
4×400 metre relay  Japan (JPN) 3:04.35 =GR  South Korea (KOR) 3:09.11  Chinese Taipei (TPE) 3:09.77
Half marathon  Kokichi Kawamoto (JPN) 1:07:06  Je In-Mo (KOR) 1:07:16  Ko Jung-Won (KOR) 1:08:17
20 km track walk  Jiao Baozhong (CHN) 1:23:58.59  Daisuke Ikeshima (JPN) 1:23:59.99  Hirofumi Sakai (JPN) 1:27:39.38
High jump  Lee Jin-Taek (KOR) 2.28 m GR  Kim Tae-Hoi (KOR) 2.24 m  Takahisa Yoshida (JPN) 2.24 m
Pole vault  Aleksandr Korchagin (KAZ) 5.50 m GR  Kim Chul-Kyun (KOR) 5.40 m  Xu Gang (CHN) 5.40 m
Long jump  Masaki Morinaga (JPN) 8.13 m  Huang Geng (CHN) 8.03 m w  Chen Jing (CHN) 7.92 m
Triple jump  Sergey Arzamasov (KAZ) 16.89 m GR  Lao Jianfeng (CHN) 16.71 m  Takashi Komatsu (JPN) 16.39 m
Shot put  Sergey Rubtsov (KAZ) 19.47 m  Wen Jili (CHN) 18.57 m  Li Wenkui (CHN) 18.28 m
Discus throw  Li Shaojie (CHN) 62.58 m GR  Zhang Cunbiao (CHN) 60.42 m  Dashdendev Makhashiri (MGL) 60.14 m
Hammer throw  Koji Murofushi (JPN) 73.40 m  Ye Kuigang (CHN) 69.56 m  Bi Zhong (CHN) 68.68 m
Javelin throw  Zhang Lianbiao (CHN) 77.80 m GR  Toro Ue (JPN) 73.74 m  Kim Ki-Hun (KOR) 72.42 m
Decathlon  Kim Tae-Keun (KOR) 7372 pts  Chen Chien-Hung (TPE) 7103 pts  Choi Sung-Shin (KOR) 7045 pts


Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
Wind: 2.5 m/s
 Liang Yi (CHN) 11.46 w  Kaori Yoshida (JPN) 11.49 w  Yue Ling (CHN) 11.55 w
200 metres  Yan Jiankui (CHN) 23.44 GR  Chen Yuxiang (CHN) 23.82  Motoko Arai (JPN) 24.09
400 metres  Svetlana Bodritskaya (KAZ) 52.92 GR  Du Xiujie (CHN) 53.48  Satomi Kasashima (JPN) 54.17
800 metres  Zhang Jian (CHN) 2:06.16  Minori Hayakari (JPN) 2:07.65  Zhang Jinqing (CHN) 2:10.05
1500 metres  Liu Jianying (CHN) 4:19.36  Yoshiko Ichikawa (JPN) 4:19.80  Minori Hayakari (JPN) 4:21.37
5000 metres  Harumi Hiroyama (JPN) 15:37.53 GR  Wei Li (CHN) 15:38.73  Wang Mingxia (CHN) 15:46.88
10,000 metres  Masako Chiba (JPN) 31:31.85 GR  Wang Mingxia (CHN) 32:47.20  Yuko Kawakami (JPN) 33:02.25
100 metre hurdles  Yvonne Kanazawa (JPN) 13.16 GR  Chan Sau Ying (HKG) 13.29  Liu Jing (CHN) 13.31
400 metre hurdles  Natalya Torshina (KAZ) 55.90 GR  Hsu Pei-Ching (TPE) 58.00  Li Rui (CHN) 58.06
4×100 metre relay  China (CHN) 45.05  Japan (JPN) 45.16  Chinese Taipei (TPE) 45.52
4×400 metre relay  China (CHN) 3:35.27  Japan (JPN) 3:36.60  South Korea (KOR) 3:54.05
Half marathon  Zheng Guixia (CHN) 1:14:19 GR  Sachie Ozaki (JPN) 1:14:22  Naomi Sakashita (JPN) 1:14:31
10,000 m track walk  Yuka Mitsumori (JPN) 46:23.25  Svetlana Tolstaya (KAZ) 47:08.09  Feng Haixia (CHN) 47:20.49
High jump  Jin Ling (CHN) 1.91 m GR  Svetlana Zalevskaya (KAZ) 1.88 m  Miki Imai (JPN) 1.88 m
Long jump  Yelena Pershina (KAZ) 6.59 m GR  Yu Yiqin (CHN) 6.42 m  Zhang Hongling (CHN) 6.25 m
Triple jump  Ren Ruiping (CHN) 14.47 m GR  Li Jiahui (CHN) 13.50 m  Seiko Nishiuchi (JPN) 13.13 m
Shot put  Li Meisu (CHN) 19.07 m  Sui Xinmei (CHN) 18.26 m  Lee Myung-Sun (KOR) 17.56 m
Discus throw  Xiao Yanling (CHN) 63.82 m GR  Luan Zhili (CHN) 61.94 m  Yuka Murofushi (JPN) 51.90 m
Javelin throw  Li Lei (CHN) 56.92 m  Lee Young-Sun (KOR) 56.10 m  Jang Jeong-Yeon (KOR) 51.06 m
Heptathlon  Svetlana Kazanina (KAZ) 5971 pts  Ma Chun-Ping (TPE) 5737 pts  Wang Xiuyan (CHN) 5560 pts

Medal table

Japan's Nobuharu Asahara won the 100 m gold.

  *   Host nation (South Korea)

1 China (CHN)16191752
2 Japan (JPN)16121442
3 Kazakhstan (KAZ)7209
4 South Korea (KOR)*46818
5 Chinese Taipei (TPE)0336
6 Hong Kong (HKG)0101
7 Mongolia (MGL)0011
8 Guam (GUM)0000
 Macau (MAC)0000
Totals (9 entries)434343129


  1. ^ East Asian Games. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2010-03-11.
  2. ^ Asian Games. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2010-03-11.
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