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2016 IPC Asia Oceania Athletics Championship: T20 Preview

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T20 is the class for people with intellectual disabilities. The 2016 IPC Asia Oceania Athletics Championship are scheduled to start on March 6 in Dubai, and every country from the region that can appears to be trying to send athletes as it is a major qualifying event.  It’s really hard to tell right now how competitive will be because realistically speaking, this event is right at the start of the traditional track and field season.  Most countries haven’t been having outdoor competitions, and gauging fitness based on performances so far this year is a bit difficult.  A lot of the countries with funding issues do not appear to be prioritizing T20 competitors, and instead are favoring ambulant racers, jumpers and all but T/F20 throwers.
Most of the major races in 2016 where the results are easily available have been in Australia.  A few runners have made their way down there for some of the bigger races, but it really is not that many.  T20 competitors seem really over represented compared to a number of other classifications, but this mostly appears to be in events that are not on the Paralympic program.  What’s on the program for the Asia Oceania Championships in this class is the men’s and women’s 400, 800 and 1,500 meter.
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The men’s field is a lot deeper than the women’s based on races so far this year that I am aware of.  The best times so far this year for the men are 2 seconds off the world record pace set by Brazil’s Daniel Martins set at the Doha hosted 2015 IPC World Championships in October.  The depth of competition is potentially here to have a really good race on the men’s side in the 400 meters.   Most of the best racers are from the Americas, and absent them, the pace might be slower.  Malaysia’s Nasharuddin Mohd should be the favorite here if he’s competing.
Poland’s Barbara  Niewiedzial set a world record at the same event on the women’s side with a time of 0:57.78.  Again, the best times this year are within a few seconds.  If Australia brings a large delegation, then there is a shot but the best female racers in this class appear to be Europeans so times might be slower.
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The 800 meters appears to be a bit more open. 2015 closed with only 27 men and 22 women ranked respectively, both lower than the 400.  Race results so far this year suggest that less depth exists here.  The best time put up last year was by  Poland’s Arleta Meloch on the women’s side with a time of 2:19.48, 3 seconds faster than everyone else and way faster than the numbers put up so far this year.  Russia’s Alexander Rabotnitskiy put up the best time last year in this event with a time of 1:53.63.  The field so far this year has not been particularly close to him.  Andrew Semmen’s time would put him 18th in last year’s rankings.
This race is not likely to be very competitive with Japan’s Yusuke Yamanouchi likely to win it if competing and in form.  His best time last year was 1:59.93 .  On the women’s side, depending on how many runners Japan brings, they have the depth to potentially sweep this event.   They have six women who ran faster than the best time I am aware of so far this year.

 

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Last year, 32 men had international rankings in this event, and it is possible that this is just not being reflected because of a lack of competition opportunities on the Australian and New Zealand circuits in this event.  The women’s side though finished last year with only 21 ranked racers, less than the 800 meters.
For the women, the Americas and Europe produce the best runners in this class.  Japan and Australia may be the only countries that have competitors here for women, and the Japanese women were led last year by Sayaka Makita, who had a season best time of 4:57.26.  This is 40 seconds faster than Byrt’s time this year and over a minute faster than Australia’s Kaitlyn Papworth best time last year of 6:24.11.  If Japan brings a full squad, they could get a podium sweep.
The best Asian and Oceania runner last year in this event for the men was Iran’s Peyman Nasiri Bazanjani, who had a time of 3:56.53 at the World Championships.  No one else really appears capable of beating him from the region.
This is not a class which should be full of surprises.  Overall, it should be a number of easy medals for Japan, with a maybe one or two others going to countries like Malaysia, Australia and Iran.
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Laura Hale
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<p>Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.</p>

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