The Indian blended 4x400m relay quartet gained gold in blended relay on the Asian Athletics Championships on Saturday.
The Indian blended 4x400m relay quartet of Rajesh Ramesh, Aishwarya Mishra, Amoj Jacob and Subha Venkatesan clinched a gold with a time of three minutes and 14.70 seconds.
In the meantime, star Indian lengthy jumper Murali Sreeshankar on Saturday turned the primary Indian monitor and discipline athlete to qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics after profitable a silver medal within the Asian Athletics Championships with a second career-best effort of 8.37m right here.
The 24-year-old Sreeshankar achieved the Olympic qualification along with his remaining spherical soar of 8.37m. The Paris Video games mark is 8.27m and the qualification interval started on July 1.
4 20km race walkers — Akshadeep Singh, Vikas Singh and Paramjeet Singh Bisht in males’s occasion and Priyanka Goswami in girls’s occasion — have already certified for the Paris Olympics. However race stroll is a highway occasion within the Olympics.
The Paris Olympics qualifying interval for 10,000m, mixed occasions (decathlon and heptathlon), race walks and relays is from December 31, 2022, to June 30, 2024, whereas for marathon race, it’s from November 1, 2022, to April 30, 2024.
The qualifying interval for all different occasions is from July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024.
Sreeshankar shall be competing in his second Olympics. He was eradicated within the qualification spherical within the Tokyo Video games. Sarvesh Anil Kushare and Swapna Barman added a silver every in males’s excessive soar and heptathlon respectively.
It was the primary main worldwide medal for Kushare. His earlier success was the gold within the 2019 South Asian Video games. India has to date gained 14 medals– six gold, 4 silver and 4 bronze.
Sreeshankar, who gained a bronze within the 2022 Commonwealth Video games, has already certified for the Budapest World Championships in August along with his career-best and world-second-ranked soar of 8.41m throughout the qualification spherical of the Nationwide Inter-State Championships final month.
No Indian has ever gained an extended soar gold within the Asian Championships after T.C. Yohannan stood on the highest of the rostrum within the 1975 version. The final Indian lengthy jumper to win a medal was Okay. Prem Kumar who bagged a silver in 2013.
Sreeshankar, who entered the unique three-member Indian membership of prestigious Diamond League medal winners in Paris final month, was the favorite to win the gold right here. He was main halfway via the occasion along with his third soar of 8.12m however his Chinese language Taipei opponent took the lead within the fourth spherical with 8.40m.
Sreeshankar, who skilled within the USA and in Europe earlier within the 12 months within the run-up to the World Championships, gave his all in his remaining try. He had a loud roar with clenched fist after his remaining spherical soar however a gold eluded him.
Earlier, Santhosh Kumar gained bronze medal in males’s 400m hurdles with a private greatest time of 49.09 seconds on the fourth and penultimate day of competitions. Santhosh clocked the quickest time by an Indian in males’s 400m hurdles this 12 months when he completed behind gold medal winner Mohammed Hemeida Bassem (48.64 seconds) of Qatar and Yusaku Kodama (48.96) of Japan.
The 25-year-old’s earlier greatest was 49.49 which he had clocked final 12 months.
One other Indian Yashas Palaksha had additionally certified for the ultimate however he didn’t participate.
No Indian has ever gained a males’s 400m hurdles gold in Asian Championships. Joseph Abraham’s silver in 2009 version was the most effective efficiency by an Indian whereas he additionally gained a bronze in 2007. M.P. Jabir gained a bronze every within the final two editions.