India's Priya Mohan disappoints at Montgeron-Essonne International Athletics Meeting
Priya Mohan, a teenage Indian runner, finished sixth in the 400m event at the Montgeron-Essonne 2022 International Athletics Meeting in Montgeron, France on Sunday. Priya recorded 53.18s in France after setting a personal best of 52.37s in the Indian Grand Prix 2 in March this year.
Nicole Yeargin of Great Britain, a Tokyo Olympic athlete, won the race in 51.79 seconds, setting a new meet record in the World Athletics Continental Tour's challenger event. Nicole Yeargin was followed on the podium by local athletes Sounkamba Sylla (52.69s) and Diane Isaye (52.96s).
At the 36th edition of the international competition, seven women raced in the women's 400m final. After a two-year break, the race returns to the World Athletics Continental Tour program.
Priya Mohan, 19, has been in excellent form since coming fourth at the under-20 Worlds in Nairobi last year, despite not winning a medal in France. After Hima Das' switch to shorter sprints, the Bengaluru-born runner has emerged as India's strongest possibility in the women's 400m.
Priya Mohan has been collecting gold in the home circuit's shorter events, including the 200m, where she defeated Tokyo Olympian Dutee Chand earlier this month.
Arjun Ajay, the Karnataka native's coach, is now training him in France. She will compete in further challenger-level tournaments in Italy and Spain later in the month to prepare for the Commonwealth Games. Praveen Chitravel, India's national triple jump champion, was on the entry list but did not compete at the Montgeron event.