Indian Athletes Eyeing Success in World Athletics Relays after a Strong 2023

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World Athletics Relays

Following a successful year in 2023, Indian athletes are setting their sights on the World Athletics Relays Bahamas 24. A 15-member strong Indian athletics contingent is hoping to make an impact in the scenic Nassau and qualify for the Paris Olympics in three events.

The Indian men’s 4×400 relay team has been particularly impressive, challenging the USA’s aura of invincibility at the World Championships in Budapest and clinching gold at the Hangzhou Asian Games. The team is now aiming to reset the national and Asian record of 2:59.05 seconds.

India’s 4x400m squad for World Athletics Relays

The squad includes the Asian Games gold-medallist quartet of Amoj Jacob, Muhammad Anas Yahiya, Muhammad Ajmal, and Rajesh Ramesh. They are joined by Rajiv Arokia, Noah Nirmal Tom, Yashas Palaksha, and Avinash Krishna Kumar. This team also competed at the Tokyo Olympics, where they set an Asian record of 3:00.25.

India has also entered a seasoned seven-member squad for the women’s 4x400m relay event, led by multiple Asian Games gold-medal winner MR Poovamma. The squad includes the Hangzhou Asian Games silver medal-winning team of Vithya Ramraj, Aishwarya Mishra, Prachi, and Subha Venkatesan. Rupal and Jyothika Sri Dandi are the other Indian members.

India will also have high hopes in the mixed 4x400m relay event following their silver medal-winning performance at the Hangzhou Asian Games. A total of 32 teams will be in the fray in men’s 4x400m, while 27 teams are in contention in women’s 4x400m.

The World Relay format for Paris stipulates that the two top teams in each heat on Saturday will advance to the final a day later. They will also secure Paris 2024 Olympic quotas in the process. The Olympic lane seeding positions will be decided in the finals on Sunday.

After a strong performance in 2023, Indian athletes are looking forward to making an impact in the World Relays. With their eyes set on the Paris Olympics, the athletes are ready to give their best and bring glory to the nation.

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