The men’s 4×400 m team ran their hearts out to bag a silver (3:01.85s) with Japan (3:01.94s) finishing close on their heels. Qatar, who were the clear favorites to left everyone chasing their shadows with a sublime 3:00.56 secs. on the clock.
For the Indians, Kunhu Muhammed began proceedings with the first lap before the baton was passed to 2018 Asiad 400 m hurdles silver medallist Dharun Ayyasamay. Bu the time the baton reached Anas, Qatar was pulling away. The Indian team was placed fourth at that time. India seemed out of medal contention just when their fastest runner Mohammed Anas took over. The Indian team was placed fourth at that time but the Kerala runner maintained a steady pace to pass two runners and in his final stretch, took off to put India just behind the race leaders. It was up to Arokiya Rajiv, who was part of the 2014 squad that finished fourth, to keep Japan at bay. Rajiv did not give up despite a stiff challenge from Shota Iizuka and ensured the silver meal was sealed for the Indian team.
Congratulations team for winning the medal.
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