IAAF World Relays: Hima doubtful; Indian teams eye World Championships qualification

The fourth version of the IAAF World Relays will get underway in Yokohama, Japan on Saturday. The -day biennial occasion offers a platform for the athletes to qualify for the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019.

The top 10 teams will qualify for the 4X100 and 4x400m relays and the pinnacle 12 will make the reduce in the 4x400m mixed crew relay.

India is competing inside the 4X400m relays (men, girls and blended relay) and is fielding the same squad which featured within the Asian Athletics Championships in Doha final month, including junior global champion Hima Das. The squad left for Yokohama at once after the Doha championships and has been training within the host city since then.

Hima, the Asian Games silver medallist had pulled out of the Asian Championships in Doha — after competing in the 400m heats — due to a back spasm which was later recognized to be spondylitis of the lower returned.

Bahadur Singh, the Chief National Coach, said that the beneath-20 World champion is not going to compete within the event.

“But it is not very serious, it will be k with physiotherapy, they’ve advised that. But I assume they will not put her within the opposition,” Bahadur told Sportstar from Patiala on Friday night.

“It isn’t recommended to place her in opposition without delay. If she has had right training before the occasion, only then can they put her in competition.”

M. R. Poovamma, V. K. Vismaya, Saritaben Gayakwad, Prachi and Sonia Baishya are the other members of the squad. Poovama has the second one best timing of fifty one.37s in 400m, behind Hima Das’ country wide document of fifty.Seventy nine. The other relay runners have a best time soaring around the fifty two-2d mark.

The Indian ladies’s relay team has a personal fine time of three:26.89 which become registered way lower back in 2004.  The girls’s relay crew — M.R. Poovamma, Saritaben Gayakwad, V.R. Vismaya,  Prachi Chaudhary — currently won a silver medal on the Asian Championships with a time of three:32.21, the crew’s excellent this yr.

The Indian ladies parent in the last of the 3 heats and have Jamaica, Canada – who’ve been faster than them this season – together with Ukraine, Nigeria and China for company. In modern form, the group stands an awesome danger of finishing within the pinnacle five furnished Hima Das is declared match and competes to her full capability.


The men’s relay group needed to give up its silver medal due to an after-race disqualification in Doha closing year. The men may have a more difficult time completing inside the top 5 as they will line up against European champion Belgium and Asian champion Japan in its heats. At least 11 groups have clocked under 3 mins inside the current begin list.

Muhammed Anas, Arokia Rajiv, Jeevan K. S., Kunhu Muhammed, Jithu Baby and Alex Anthony are the contributors of the Indian relay squad.

The pinnacle finishers from each heats and the next fastest teams will qualify for the very last.

The pinnacle two athletes from the guys’s and girls’s relay teams might be chosen to compete inside the 4x400m blended relay event, which made its Worlds debut in Nassau, Bahamas in 2017. India, incidentally, has the fourth fine time of 3:15.Seventy one inside the all-time Top 10 listing for the event.

India did no longer compete in the 2017 edition of the World Relays because of a put off in visa procurement. The group has reached Yokohama early this time and could wish for better effects, considering relay has traditionally been a medal-yielding occasion for India as a minimum within the continental championships.

Incidentally Bahrain, which gained the gold ahead of India within the ladies’s and blended 4x400m relays on the Asian championships, does now not parent within the World Relays.

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