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Men's 4x400m relay: India breaks Asian record, qualifies for Worlds final

The Indian quartet of Muhammed Anas Yahiya, Amoj Jacob, Muhammed Ajmal Variyathodi and Rajesh Ramesh ran a stunning race to finish second in heat number one behind USA

World Athletics Championships, Muhammed Anas Yahiya, Amoj Jacob, Muhammed Ajmal Variyathodi and Rajesh Ramesh

Muhammed Anas Yahiya, Amoj Jacob, Muhammed Ajmal Variyathodi and Rajesh Ramesh break Asian record in men's 4x400m relay at World Athletics Championship 2023. Photo: X

Press Trust of India Budapest

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The Indian men's 4x400m relay team shattered Asian record in a stunning race, clocking 2 minute 59.05 seconds to qualify for its maiden final round of the World Championships here on Saturday.
The Indian quartet of Muhammed Anas Yahiya, Amoj Jacob, Muhammed Ajmal Variyathodi and Rajesh Ramesh finished second in heat number one behind USA (2:58.47) to make it to the final to be held on Sunday.
The top three finishers in each of the two heats and the next two fastest qualify for the final.
 
The earlier Asian record of 2:59.51 was in the name of Japanese team.
The earlier national record was 3:00.25 set in 2021.
The Indians gave the world record holders Americans a run for their money, finishing closely behind them. India eventually finished second overall also after the two heats, behind USA, but ahead of strong teams like Great Britain (3rd; 2:59.42) and Jamaica (5th; 2:59.82).
 

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First Published: Aug 26 2023 | 11:34 PM IST

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