Indian Mixed Relay Team Blazes to Gold at Asian Championships

The quartet of Muhammed Ajmal, Jyothika Sri Dandi, Amoj Jacob, and Subha Venkatesan scorched the track, clocking a time of 3:14.12 setting a new national mark.

Following the impressive performances of the men’s and women’s teams at the World Relays, India’s dominance in relay events continued at the inaugural Asian Relay Championships 2024. The mixed 4x400m team secured a thrilling gold medal, etching their names in history with a brand-new national record.

The Record

The quartet of Muhammed Ajmal, Jyothika Sri Dandi, Amoj Jacob, and Subha Venkatesan scorched the track, clocking a time of 3:14.12. This impressive feat shaved off a crucial 0.22 seconds from the previous national mark of 3:14.34, set by a different Indian team at the 2023 Asian Games in Hangzhou. Sri Lanka and Vietnam followed closely behind, bagging silver and bronze medals with timings of 3:17.00 and 3:18.45, respectively

Despite the record-breaking victory, the road to the Paris Olympics in 2024 remains a challenge for the mixed 4x400m team. They were unable to secure a direct qualification spot at the World Relays earlier this month. Their Olympic aspirations now hinge on the Road to Paris rankings, a system that determines qualification based on performance throughout the qualifying period.

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The Performance

The Bangkok victory offers a significant boost, propelling India up two spots to 21st in the rankings. However, a top-16 position is crucial to guarantee a coveted slot in the Paris Olympics. Italy currently occupies the critical 16th position with a timing of 3:13.56. The qualification window for relay events closes on June 30th, 2024, leaving the Indian team with a little over a month to bridge the gap of five positions in the rankings.

The Success

While the mixed relay team faces a tough climb for Olympic qualification, India can take solace in the success of its men’s and women’s teams. Both secured their berths for Paris at the World Relays by finishing second in their respective heats. This achievement underscores India’s growing prowess in relay events.

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The upcoming weeks will be crucial for the mixed 4x400m team. They will need to strategize their participation in upcoming events to rack up valuable ranking points. With their talent and determination on display, their pursuit of a spot on the Olympic stage promises to be an exciting race to watch.