World Athletics Ch’ships: India enters 4x400m mixed relay final, secures berth in 2020 Tokyo Olympics
Doha: India entered the 4x400m mixed relay final at the World Athletics Championships in Doha as they finished third in the second heat of the semi-finals here on Saturday.
The Indian mixed relay team of Muhammed Anas, Vismaya, Krishna Mathew and Noah Nirmal finished behind Poland and Brazil with a time of 3:16.14s to reach the final.
The third-place finish also saw the Indian team secure their berth in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as a result.
The first heat saw the United States of America clinch victory with a world record time of 3:12.42s, ahead of Jamaica and Bahrain.
The Indian contingent had to deal with twin disappointments as ace sprinter Dutee Chand and MP Jabir both failed to advance in their respective events.
Dutee Chand’s campaign ended after she crashed out in the first round of the women’s 100m. Dutee clocked 11.48 seconds in her heat, well below her season-best which stands at 11.26s.
Dutee finished in 37th place overall and also failed to secure a berth for the Tokyo Olympics as a result. The qualification standard for the 2020 Games was set at 11.15 seconds.