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Indian relay teams eye three Olympic spots in Paris during World Athletics Relays in the Bahamas

A total of 15 athletes from India will participate in the World Athletics Relays. The two-day event will be held at Thomas A Robinson Stadium on May 4 and 5.

New Delhi: India will aim to secure three quota places in the 400m relay at the Paris Olympics when a 15-member team takes to the track at the World Athletics Relays on May 4 and 5 in Nassau, Bahamas. Although the competition is held in five categories, India has only fielded teams in men’s, women’s and mixed events. The other two events are the 4x100m men and the 4x100m women. The two-day competition, a qualifying event for relay teams to book their tickets to Paris, will be held at the Thomas A Robinson Stadium.

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The Indian team will be led by the quartet of Amoj Jacob, Muhammad Anas Yahiya, Muhammad Ajmal and Rajesh Ramesh, who won gold in the men’s 4x400m relay at the 2023 Asian Games. With a timing of 2:59.05s, they also hold the national and Asian records in the men’s 4×400 meters, which were set at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest last year.

Meanwhile, India’s seven-member 4x400m relay team for the 2023 Asian Games includes the silver medal-winning quartet of Vithya Ramraj, Aishwarya Mishra, Prachi and Subha Venkatesan. Veteran runner MR Poovamma, Jyothika Sri Dandi and Rupal are the other members.

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Indian team at the 2024 World Relays

4x400m men: Amoj Jacob, Avinash Krishna Kumar, Rajiv Arokia, Rajesh Ramesh, Noah Nirmal Tom, Muhammad Ajmal, Muhammad Anas, Yashas

Women’s 4x400m: Jyothika Sri Dandi, MR Poovamma, Aishwarya Mishra, Prachi, Vithya Ramraj, Rupal, Subha Venkatesan

Mixed 4x400m: Jyothika Sri Dandi, Vithya Ramraj, Rupal, Amoj Jacob, Rajesh Ramesh, Yashas

The top 14 teams will advance to the main event of the Paris Olympics to represent their respective countries, where 16 teams will compete in each event. The remaining two teams will be determined based on top lists during the qualifying period (December 31, 2022 to June 30, 2024).

The top two teams in each heat will secure qualification for the Paris Olympics and advance to the final on the second day. The seeding positions for the Olympic courts will be decided on the last day. The teams that did not qualify on the first day will get another chance on the second day and the top two teams from each heat will also qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.



Pub Date: May 4, 2024 10:47 AM IST



Updated date: May 4, 2024 10:47 IST