In the women’s 4X400m event, the Indian quartet of Hima Das, Raju Poovamma, Saritaben Laxmanbhai Gayakwad, and Vismaya Koroth registered a time of 3:28.72 to finish at the top of the podium. Bahrain got silver with 3:30.61 while the quartet from Vietnam clocked their season’s best time of 3:33.23 to bag the bronze medal.
The Indians were off to a great start as Hima gave them the early lead. The Assam teenager produced a superb finishing kick going into the final bend to leave the other runners behind. The other Indian runners built on the lead and claimed what turned out to be a comfortable victory in the end.
Everything played out as per script for the Indian women in the 4×400 m relay on the final day of the athletics program at the 2018 Asian Games. Hima Das, the fastest quarter-miler in the country, gave the lead on the first lap with a searing run, setting a heady tone for the whole race, which the rest did well to consolidate, leaving their opponents in a helpless wake. Clocking an impressive 3:28.72 secs. they ensured India won its fifth 4×400 relay gold medal at the Asian Games on the trot.
What makes the gold even more glittering is that they are a young group. Poovamma, at 28, is the oldest. Sarita Gayakwad is 24, Hima 18 and VK Vismaya 21. Both Povamma and Hima, who undoubtedly is among the most promising young athletes in the continent.
Great going!!!! Congratulations to the winners.
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