India 4×400 mixed relay team silver at Asian Games 2018 upgraded to gold


India’s Asian Games 2018 athletics medal tally has now risen up to 8 gold medals now. This change happened in the 4×400 mixed relay when Kemi Adekoya of Bahrain was handed a four-year ban by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) for failing a dope test.

Previously, India’s Mohammed Anas, MR Poovamma, Hima Das, and Arokia Rajiv made up the 4x400m mixed relay team which finished the relay at 3:15.71. Bahrain backed gold and India followed on the 2nd spot to grab a silver.

With this change, now India is the first winner of the event introduced in the Asian Games in 2018 in keeping with the international bid to find gender balance.

The 2018 Asian Games was the 18th edition of the Asian multi-sport event which was held in central Jakarta, Indonesia. Jakarta and Palembang, on the island of Sumatra, hosted around 10,000 athletes from 45 countries. They were competing in 39 sports from 18th August to 2nd September 2018. This was the second time that Jakarta hosted the Asian Games, the first being in the year 1962.

President of AFI’s Take On The Upgrade

Adille J. Sumariwalla, President of Athletics Federation of India, said, “The additional medal takes our tally to 20, including eight gold and nine silver, the news comes as a fillip to us as we are aiming to build on the Asian Games showing and make a mark at the global level in the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year,” as reported by Times Now News.

Adekoya’s disqualification made the Asian Games 2018 statistics change. The mixed relay team is not the only one to rise up the position. Indian sprinter, Anu Raghavan also moved from fourth place to a bronze medal position in the women’s 400m hurdles. In the hurdles final, she had clocked her fastest time of 2018, 56.77 seconds, and came fourth.

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