India’s ace sprinters Hima Das of Assam and Dutee Chand of Odisha have been named in the squad for the women’s 4×100 meters relay team which will take part in the World Athletics Relays which will serve as a qualification event for the Tokyo Olympic Games in July. The event will be held in May in Poland and both Hima and Dutee would want to come up with a strong showing.
Also a part of the squad is S Dhanalakshmi of Tamil Nadu who took the 100 meters event in the Federation Cup by storm last month by beating Dutee Chand in the final. She finds a place along with fellow sprinters Archana Suseendran, Himashree Roy and AT Daneshwari.
‘Excited to get our athletes ready’ – AFI President
Speaking about the announcement of the squads, President of the Athletics Federation of India, Adille Sumariwalla said in a release, “We are excited to get our athletes ready for their first international competition after the Covid-19 induced gap. We were able to organise meets in NIS Patiala in February and March so that our athletes had a feel of competition.”
Talking of the squad for the 4x100m relay, he said, “With S Dhanalakshmi emerging on the scene in the Federation Cup last month, she and Dutee Chand are two Indian runners who have run sub-11.50s times this season. We believe the 4x100m women’s team with Dhanalakshmi, Dutee, Hima Das and Archana Suseendran can come up with a good effort.”
Along with the announcement of the 4x100m squad, the women’s 4x400m squad was also released consisting of the likes of MR Poovamma, Subha Venkatesh and VK Vismaya.
The top 8 eight teams from the World Athletics Relays will make their way to the Tokyo Olympic Games.
The full squad
|Women’s 4x100m relay||S Dhanalakshmi, Dutee Chand, Hima Das, Archana Suseendran, Himashree Roy and AT Daneshwari|
|Women’s 4x400m relay||MR Poovamma, Subha Venkatesh, Kiran, Anjali Devi, R Revathi, VK Vismaya and Jisna Mathew|
|Men’s 4x400m relay||Amoj Jacob, Naganathan Pandi, Muhammed Anas Yahiya, Arokia Rajiv, Sarthak Bhambri, Ayyasamy Dharun and Nirmal Noah Tom|