Indian mixed 4x400m relay team sets a new record, but fails to qualify for Paris Olympics

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The Indian mixed 4x400m relay team narrowly missed the Olympic quota despite setting a new national record of 3:12.87 seconds. During the National Inter-State Championships, held on the final day, India fielded two teams—A and B—in the mixed 400m relay event.

Indian mixed 4x400m relay team’s National Record

The target was to clock 3:11.87, surpassing Kenya’s time of 3:11.88 for the 16th and last spot in the Paris Olympics. However, the India A quartet, consisting of Muhammed Anas, Jyothika Sri Dandi, Muhammed Ajmal, and Kiran Pahal, finished with a commendable time of 3:12.87, erasing the previous national record of 3:14.12 seconds set at the Asian Relay in Bangkok.

Despite narrowly missing the Olympic qualification, their performance showcases India’s growing prowess in athletics. Interestingly, Kiran, who trains outside the national camp, played a crucial role in this achievement. While the disappointment lingers, the Indian relay teams continue to inspire with their remarkable efforts on the track.

The Indian team’s hopes for a direct qualification via world rankings for the Paris Olympics remain uncertain. The competition at the global level continues to be fierce, demanding sustained excellence from athletes striving to represent their nation on the grand stage.

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