Tokyo Games: AFI will test for 400m relay teams,© AFP
The Indian Athletics Federation (AFI) held a quarter-mile training trial at the NIS national camp on Sunday to select the men’s 4x400m and 4x400m mixed relay teams for the Tokyo Olympics. With 15 athletes in individual events, both relay teams had also qualified for the Olympics, but AFI faced a sticky situation as quarter milers campers had a bad show at the recent inter national championships. -States. AFI has a stated policy that only national campers will be selected for relay teams.
The women’s 400m race at the Interstate Nationals was won by Priya Mohan (53.29 seconds) of Karnataka, who is not a camper. Jisna Mathew, who competed at the 2019 World Mixed Relay 4x400m Championships which India qualified for the Olympics, was seventh with a time of 54.74.
VK Vismaya, who was the runner-up of the 2019 World Championships 4x400m mixed relay team, couldn’t even qualify for the final as she finished third in one of the three heats with a poor 55 , 33.
In Sunday’s practice, Revathi, who finished third in the Interstate Nationals, finished first in 53.55 seconds, followed by Subha Venkatesan (54.26), S Dhanalakshmi (54.27), Mathew (54 , 31) and Vismaya (55,34).
Dhanalakshmi had won the gold medal in the 100m at the interstate national championships. She does not normally run for 400m. In the men’s trials, Sarthak Bhambri was first at 47.73, followed by Alex Anthony (47.83) and Naganatha (48.24). India can choose six athletes for the men’s 4x400m relay.
Five names will be submitted and one may be chosen as a substitute rider. In mixed 4x400m relay, a country may enter two men and two women and take two runners (one man and one woman) as substitutes.
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