Indian women’s 4*400m relay team inch closer to Rio

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Indian women’s 4*400m relay team inch closer to Rio

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Saketh RVK


The Indian women’s 4*400m relay team on Sunday boosted their chances of qualifying for the upcoming Olympic Games at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The team led by MR Poovamma clocked 3:31.39 seconds in the PTS Meeting at Samorin, Slovakia to win gold and inch closer to a place in the quadrennial event.

MR Poovamma led a young team comprising of Jauna Murmu, Ashwini Akkunji, and Anilda Thomas to clock a timing of 3:31.39 seconds in the event in Samorin, Slovakia. With this, India has moved to the 15th position in IAAF’s world ranking. IAAF regulations only allow16 countries to compete in the relay events of track and field at Rio. The improved ranking of Indian team means that the quartet is now a step closer to their goal.

The top-8 countries from the IAAF World Relay Championships in 2015 at Bahamas have automatically quailed, while the rest of the positions are decided by calculating the average of the two fastest timings clocked by countries between January 1, 2016 and July 11, 2016.

The performance at Samorin has helped the team improve its average to 3:30.24 seconds. The team is next scheduled to participate in Erzurm, Turkey from June 11-12th

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