Indian mixed 4×400 relay team set an Asian junior record en route to the silver medal at the World U-20 Athletics Championships. The Indian quartet of Barath Sridhar, Priya Mohan, Kapil and Rupal Chaudhary clocked 3 minutes and 17.76 seconds to win the silver medal.
India finished second behind the USA, who won gold medal with a championships record time of 3:17.69s.
India had won a bronze in the mixed 4x400m relays in the last edition in Nairobi, Kenya in 2021, where the event was introduced. Rupal is the only new member of the quartet that had won bronze last year while Sridhar, Priya and Kapil were there in that team.
Aman Khokhar could not make it to the 100m dash semifinals after finishing seventh in heat number 8 and 48th overall with a timing of 10.84 seconds.
15-year-old Ashakiran Barla made it to the women’s 800m semifinals as one of thea four fastest runners outside the four automatic qualifiers each from the five heats. She clocked 2:09.01s to finish sixth in heat number 1. Although she finished 15th overall in the semi-finals of 800 M and couldn’t move ahead.
On Tuesday, Rupal and Priya made it to the 400m semifinals after strong performances in the first-round heats. Rupal won the heat in 52.50s while Priya clocked 52.56s to finish second in heat number 5. Rupal was second overall across five heats while Priya was fourth. Priya had finished fourth in the 400m final in the last edition in Nairobi in 2021.
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