Indian mixed relay team entered the finals and booked their place in Tokyo 2020 Olympics, this feat comes in as IAAF introduced the mixed relay into its list of events in the World Athletics Championship 2019. Almost 27 Indian athletes are participating in the ongoing events but India entered the World Athletics Championships on a low note due to aces like Hima Das, Neeraj Chopra staying out. However, in the past few days, India has shown an average showcase of performance. The only ray of hope was seen when the 4x400m mixed relay team entered the finals. Here is how Indians delivered in Doha.
India’s giant Murli Shreeshankar did not qualify for the finals in the men’s long jump event. The qualification mark was at 8.15m and the 20-year-old could only cross a 7.62m mark. Following the defeat, India witnessed another loss when Dharun Ayyasamy failed to qualify in men's 400m hurdles event. The only knight in shining armour to save the day was Jabir Madari Pillyalil who came third in the heats in 400m hurdles.
Sprinter Dutee Chand was seen failing in the heats when she came 7th and did not qualify for meeting Olympic quota. Jabir Madari Pillyalil tried his best to qualify for the finals in 400m but could not finish through. India saw a rise in hope when the mixed relay team qualified for the finals into the top 8. The squad of two men and two men included players hailing from Kerala. Jisna Mathew, Nirmal Noah, VK Vismaya, Muhammed Anas achieved this mesmerizing feat in IAAC WAC.
The only event on Day 3 was the finals of the mixed relay team. Jisna Mathew, Nirmal Noah, VK Vismaya, Muhammed Anas were seen running for the tricolour and recording their seasons best record. Their timing was 3:16:14. It will be interesting to see an Indian mixed relay team run at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
IAAF Day 4 is ongoing and the Indian athletes in action will be Annu Rani in javelin throw women’s event. Anjali Devi in 400m women’s heats. Archana Suseendran will also sprint to qualify in the 200m heats.