India’s 4×400 men’s relay team has broken the Asian record, clocking 3:00.25s at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. The team consisted of Mohammed Anas, Noah Nirmal Tom, Arokia Rajiv ,and Amoj Jacob. Among which 23-year-old Amoj had the fastest sub 45s run.
The performance was nothing short of extraordinary but unfortunately it was not enough for the team to qualify for the finals. Coached by Russian American Galina Bukharina, the team had barely any chances of going abroad and competing in any tournaments or championships. Due to the covid 19 situation not getting any better, and the social distancing rules and travel rules getting stricter by the day, the team had a tough time continuing their training.
Despite the challenges that the team faced, the men were able to break the record if not win a medal for the nation. Previously the fastest Asian record was held by Qatar’s team.
Right after the match was over, and the scores were displayed on the screen, the quartet fist-bumped each other. It was clear that the team was not dejected for not making it to the finals, but was happy about the results.
Coach Galina had nice things to say about the brightest of the quartet. She believes that he is a star in the making. To Galina, Amoj is still a kid who is fussy at times but he sure is talented.
After the record-breaking run the Tokyo 2020 India Twitter handle posted a video of the quartet.
#IND's 4x400m relay team set a new Asian record at the #Olympics! 😱— #Tokyo2020 for India (@Tokyo2020hi) August 6, 2021
Watch Amoj Jacob's finishing blitz that helped India finish fourth in heat 2 and sprint straight into the history books. 🙌#StrongerTogether | #UnitedByEmotion | #Tokyo2020 | #BestOfTokyo pic.twitter.com/gdDYPX2RLD