4/13/2019 7:43:30 PM (GMT+3)

India's Dutee Chand qualifies for Asian Championships in Doha


NEW DELHI: India’s Dutee Chand anchored a new-look 4x100m women’s relay team to qualify for the Asian Athletics Championships to be held in Doha (QAT) from April 21.

Chand,  who ended India’s 16 year wait for a medal in the women’s 200m event at Asian Games last year, clocked 44.12 seconds here at the Netaji Subhash National Institute of Sports, the Athletics Federation of India said in a Press release on Saturday. 

Hina, Archana Suseendran and Ranga K ran the first three legs.

400m runner MR Poovama tried her hand at pace setting for the two athletes running the 800m by leading them through a quick first lap. Gomathi K made the most of that to finish in 2:04.12 well inside the qualifying standards of 2:05.00.

Twinkle Chaudhary missed out by finishing in 2:09.44.

The coaches decided to put most of the 400m runners through a 200m sprint since the electronic timer was available on track.

MR Poovamma led the women finishers in 24.05 seconds ahead of Hima Das (24.21) and Shubha (24.83) while Arokia Raj broke the beam in the men’s race in 20.72 seconds ahead of Muhammad Anas Yahiya (21.09) and Jabir (21.76). (Pic: OTVNews/Twitter)