- India’s 4*400 mixed relay team have qualified for the final at the World Athletics Championship and also have secured their place in the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
- The Indian team finished third in their heat and seventh among all the heats with recorded timing of 3:16.14.
- Only top eight teams in the relays will be able to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.
- The first team to finish were USA with record of 3:12.42s.
Indian team comprising of Mohammad Anas, Vismaya, Jisna Mathew and Noah Nirmal qualified for the finals of the 4*400 m and for the Tokyo Olympics by finishing third in the second heat of the semi-finals in Doha on Saturday.
National record holder quarter-miler Mohammad Ans was not fielded for 400m race at the World Finals which began in Doha on 27th September despite beaching the qualifying mark of the event.
But the Athletics Federation of India decided to not field his name for the individual 400m race. The list was of all the athletes, country-wise and event-wise was issued by the federation on Thursday. His name was there only in 4*400 m relay and 4*400 mixed relay race.
India secured the position by edging out Belgium with two-hundredth of a second as their finishing time was 3:16.16. The team’s last season’s timing was 3:16.47. The first team to emerge victorious was United States of America with world record of 3:12.42s.
Earlier, Dutee Chand and MP Jabir failed in qualifying for the 2020 olympics. Dutee Chand’s campaign came to an end after she crashed out in the first round of women’s 100m while 400m hurdler MP Jabir made an exit in the semifinals.