Photo of Indian sprinter Muhammad Anas Yahiya.© Twitter
The Indian men’s 4x400m relay team qualified for the Commonwealth Games final after finishing second in the heat race in Birmingham on Friday. The Indian quartet of Muhammed Anas Yahiya, Noah Nirmal Tom, Mohammed Ajmal and Amoj Jacob took the automatic qualifying route, clocking 3:06.97s and finishing second behind Kenya in heat 2. India was fourth for the final leg, but Amoj overtook two runners on the last stretch to finish second. He had suffered a hamstring injury last month while running the 4x400m relay as part of the Indian Quartet at the National Inter-State Championships in Chennai. India finished sixth overall in the two heats, with Botswana 3:05.11s fastest.
The final will take place on Sunday. In the women’s 100m hurdles, national record holder Jyothi Yarraji crashed on the first lap with a subpar show. She clocked 13.18m and finished fourth in heat 2 and 10th overall. She holds the national record of 13.04s.
The heat races were run in windy conditions and Yarraji ran with a tailwind of 2 m/s. All participants ran with a tailwind of 2 m/s or more.
Yarraji, 22, had broken her national record three times this season.
Ancy Sojan also failed to qualify for the women’s long jump final. She finished 13th overall in the qualifying round with a best jump of 6.25 m, which was supported by the wind (tailwind of 2.3 m/s).
Those who hit 6.75 m or at least 12 best performers in the two groups will advance to the final.
Sojan, 21, who has a season and personal best of 6.55m, finished seventh in the Group A qualifying round.
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