World Athletics Championships: Indian men’s 4×400 relay team sets Asian record

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Budapest: The Indian men’s 4x400m relay team created a sensation at the World Athletics Championships here, finishing second behind the United States in the semi-final heat but setting an Asian record by qualifying for the final.As the competitors set the men’s 47,400 on Saturday, As the meter relay race entered the final stages of the first semi-final, the stadium erupted in cheers as India battled it out with the United States for the finish line.

Although the USA team of Trevor Bassitt, Matthew Bolling, Christopher Bailey and Justin Robinson eventually went on to win the heat in 2:58.47, India finished second with an Asian record of 2:59.05. Muhammad Anas Yahia, Amoj Jacob, The Indian quartet of Muhammad Ajmal Variathodi and Rajes Ramesh produced a brilliant run to set a new Asian record in less than 3 minutes.

The Indian team bettered the previous mark of 2:29.51 set by Japan at last year’s World Championships in Eugene, US. India were followed on Saturday by Great Britain and Botswana, both of whom clocked 2:59.42. Britain secured the third automatic qualifying spot, while Botswana progressed on time.

Jamaica won the second semi-final in 2:59.82 – and they’ll have individual champion Antonio Watson on their way to the final. France finished second ahead of Italy and the Netherlands, all of whom advanced to the final. But on Saturday, the focus was on the Indian team , as she was second overall with a faster timing than sprint powerhouse Jamaica.

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