Indian Mixed Relay Team Shines at Asian Championships

This impressive feat shaved off a crucial 0.22 seconds from the previous national record of 3:14.34, set by a different Indian team at the 2023 Asian Games.

Building on the success of the men’s and women’s teams at the World Relays, India’s dominance in relay events continued at the inaugural Asian Relay Championships 2024. The nation’s mixed 4x400m relay team secured a gold medal and a new national record, showcasing their prowess on the Asian stage.

The Record

The quartet of Muhammed Ajmal, Jyothika Sri Dandi, Amoj Jacob, and Subha Venkatesan scorched the track, clocking a time of 3:14.12. This impressive feat shaved off a crucial 0.22 seconds from the previous national record of 3:14.34, set by a different Indian team at the 2023 Asian Games. While their victory in Bangkok was a resounding one, with Sri Lanka and Vietnam trailing behind, the team still faces an uphill battle to qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympics in the mixed 4x400m event.

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The Qualification

Their bid for Olympic participation received a setback at the World Relays in the Bahamas earlier this month. Failing to secure a direct quota from that competition, the team’s hopes now rest on the Road to Paris rankings. This system determines qualification for the Olympic relay events based on accumulated points from various international competitions.

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The Result

While the recent victory in Bangkok will propel India up two spots to 21st in the rankings, only a position within the coveted top 16 will guarantee them a berth in Paris. Currently, Italy occupies the crucial 16th position with a timing of 3:13.56. The qualification window for the Paris 2024 Olympic relay events closes on June 30th, leaving the Indian team with just over a month to bridge the gap and secure their Olympic dream.

The Motivation

This challenge, however, is not dampening their spirits. The team’s stellar performance serves as a testament to their talent and dedication. The record-breaking run demonstrates their potential to compete at the highest level. With focused training and participation in upcoming qualifying events, they aim to climb those crucial five positions in the rankings by the deadline.

In contrast to the mixed relay team, the Indian men’s and women’s 4x400m relay teams have already punched their tickets to Paris. They secured their qualification spots with impressive second-place finishes in their respective heats at the World Relays.

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The Performance

The Indian contingent at the Asian Relay Championships has proven its might. While the mixed team faces a final hurdle before joining their compatriots in Paris, their recent victory and unwavering spirit bode well for their Olympic aspirations. Their journey in the coming weeks will be one to watch, as they strive to cement their place on the biggest sporting stage.

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