Tokyo Olympics Athletics: India smashes men’s 4x400m relay Asian record, misses out on final

India finished fifth in the heats and ninth overall as they missed out on place in the finals of the men's 4x400m relay event.

Indian men's 4x400m relay team
Indian men's 4x400m relay team

The Indian men’s 4x400m relay team rewrote the Asian record at the Tokyo Olympics. The team of Mohammed Anas Yahiya, Noah Nirmal Tom, Arokia Rajiv and Amoj Jacob finished fifth in the heat with a timing of 3:00.25. Despite a record-breaking performance, the Indian team missed out on a place in the final as they finished ninth overall.

The United States of America topped the list in round 1 with a season-best timing of 2:57.77. Botswana(2:58.33) followed by Poland(2:58.55) made up the top three. India missed out on a spot as they were slower than eight placed Belgium by almost a minute.

Indian men’s 4x400m relay team journey to Tokyo Olympics

India men's 4x400m relay team
India men’s 4x400m relay team

The Indian men’s 4x400m relay team qualified for the Tokyo Olympics by the virtue of their Road to Tokyo rankings. They were placed 13th in the ranking as they made the cut in just the nick of time. The team had clocked 3:01.89 in the heats of the National inter-State championships to lift themselves to 13th place on the Road to Tokyo.

With this, India’s journey in running events has come to an end as the nation’s wait continues. Neeraj Chopra remains the only hope for a track and field medal at the Tokyo Olympics which could be India’s first at the Olympic Games. Chopra will be in action on August 7, Saturday in the men’s javelin throw final as he chases the elusive podium finish for India.

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