India clinched a silver in the first ever mixed 4x400m relay to increase their medal tallyat the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta. The Indian mixed team which comprised of Muhammed Anas Yahiya, Poovamma Machettira, Hima Das and Rajiv Arokia clocked 3 minutes and 15.71 seconds to finish behind Bahrain, who clinched the gold with a 3 minute and 11.89 seconds timing. Kazakhstan settled for the bronze after finishing in 3:19.52s.
In the debut event of 400m mixed relay, M R Poovamma frittered away a good 30m lead, handed to her by Mohd. Anas, as India finished second behind Bahrain. The Indian quartet of Anas, Poovamma, Hima Das and Arokia Rajiv clocked 3 minutes and 15.71 seconds to finish behind Bahrain (3:11.89).
Anas began in spectacular fashion as he opened up a huge 30m lead over his Bahraini rival and handed over the baton to Povamma. However, the Karnataka athlete squandered the lead. By the time she passed on the baton to Hima Das, Bahrain had created a huge lead. As Hima got the baton, she had to change her lane and sidestep Bahrain’s Oluwakemi Adekoya who fell before her, obstructing her way, after passing on the baton.
Congratulations to the Indian relay team.
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The Indian team, comprising Rakesh Kumar, Ashish Malik, and Jitender Singh apart from Mirza, also claimed the silver with a score of 121.30, the feats coming days after their last-minute arrival owing to infighting in the Equestrian Federation of India. Japan finished on top with a score of 82.40, while Thailand bagged the bronze with a score of 126.70. Fouaad topped the dressage and cross-country qualifiers with a score of 22.40 and went into the jumping finals as a favorite. In the medal round, he notched up 26.40 to bag silver in the three-day competition.
Congratulations to the team.
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Muhammed Anas Yahiya (born 17 September 1994) is an Indian long jumper turned sprinter who specializes in the 400 m. event. He participated in two events at the 2016 summer Olympics ; the 400 m. and the 4×400 m relay and holds the National Record (45.31) for the 400 meters.
Anas broke the national record in 400 metres at the Polish Athletics Championship in Poland in June 2016, clocking 45.40 seconds, the exact qualification mark for the Olympics. He also became the third Indian athlete to qualify for the event at the Olympics, after Milkha Singh (1956 and 1960) and K.M.Binu (2004).
Muhammed Anas Yahiya became India’s first silver-medalist in the Men’s 400m race at the Asian Games in 36 years. The last time an Indian won a silver medal or better at the Asian Games was in 1982 in New Delhi and it was K.K. Premachandran. Anas bagged a silver medal in the Men’s 400m, finishing just behind Qatar’s Hassan Abdalelah, with a timing of 45.69 seconds. Anas had qualified for the Final after topping the charts in both the Heats Qualification and Semifinal after clocking 45.63 seconds and 45.30 seconds, respectively.
Congratulations to Anas Yahiya for winning the silver medal.
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Sudha Singh (born 25 June 1986) is an Indian Olympic athlete in the 300 m. Steeplechase event. A national record holder in the event, she has represented India at international events since 2005. Singh is an Asian Champion in the discipline and has won two gold and four silver medals at varying editions of the Asian Games and the Continental championships.
Singh’s breakthrough performance came in the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China when she won the gold medal with a time of 9:55.67; she became the first Asian Champion in the discipline as it was the first instance of the 3000 meters steeplechase at the Asian Games.
Sudha Singh won her second medal at the Asian Games as she clinched a silver in the women’s 3,000 meters steeplechase. Sudha, the reigning Asian champion, clocked 9:40.03 minutes to finish behind Bahrain’s Winfred Yavi, who completed the race in 9:36.52 minutes. The Oanh Nguyen of Vietnam bagged the bronze medal in 9:43.83. She and Sudha were among the group that was behind Winfired, who set the pace early.
Congratulations to Sudha Singh on her achievement.
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Dharun Ayyasamy (born 31 December 1996) is an Indian track athlete. He specializes in the 400m. and the 400m. hurdles events. He participated in the 4x400m. relay event at the 2016 Olympics.
Dharun was born in a village called Ravuthampalayam near Avinashi in Tiruppur district. When he was in fourth grade, his father died of tuberculosis. Dharun’s mother is a school teacher while his sister Sathya plays volleyball for Tamil Nadu. He completed his schooling at Century foundation, Tirupur.
Dharun won the 400m hurdles gold medal at the 2016 South Asian Games in Guwahati with a time of 50.54 seconds, finishing 0.03 seconds ahead of fellow Indian Jithin Paul whom he overtook at the last hurdle.
Dharun was surprised though. His 48.96s is the first time an Indian has run below the 49s mark in the quarter mile hurdles. His silver also seemed improbable until the final stretch. The 21-year-old was lurking in fourth till the 300m mark but passed the competitors in the last 100m stretch to cross, but an incredible burst in the final stages helped him pip Japanese Takatoshi Abe (49.12s) for a silver as the gold was taken home by Qatar’s Abderrahman Samba with a Games record time of 47.66s.
Congratulations to you on your achievement and best wishes for your future games.
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