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Indian 4x400m relay teams crash out after disappointing show

Sunday, 13 August 2017 12:09
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LONDON, August 12: Asian champion Indian women's 4x400m relay team was disqualified for lane infringement while the men counterpart finished 10th to crash out of the World Athletics Championships, as the country's disappointing show continued on the penultimate day of competitions on Saturday.

The women's quartet of Jisna Mathew, MR Poovamma, Anilda Thomas and Nirmala Sheoran clocked 3 minute and 28.62 seconds to finish seventh in the first heat of the women's 4x400m relay round one but the team was disqualified later for lane infringement under Rule 163.3(a) of the IAAF Competition Rules.

It was learnt that Jisna, who ran the first lap, committed the lane infringement coming out of the second bend. She ran in the other lane after 250m.

Had the Indian team not disqualified, the timing it clocked would have been the season's best, better than the Asian Championships gold-winning time of 3:31.34.

Even then, a seventh position finish in the heats would not have given the Indian eves a place in the final round as they would have been placed in the 12th spot overall.

Only top three in each of the two heats and next two fastest teams from the remaining qualify for the final round.

"We did our best but could have done better had we trained together for a longer time earlier for relay only. All four of us were training separately on our own (before coming here). The weather was good. We have been here for two weeks and training was good. Our performance is all right, not that bad," Poovamma said later. (PTI)


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