On the first day of the World Athletics U20 Championships, India took bronze in the mixed 4x400m relay event at the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya on Wednesday evening.
The first leg was run by Barath Sridhar, who was followed by Priya Mohan and Summy, while the anchor, Kapil, kept the lead behind Nigeria and Poland with a time of 3 minutes 20.60 seconds. Priya, who qualified for the women’s individual 400m race, was competing in her third race of the meet, but she performed admirably. It was the second race for Summy and Kapil, while Barath took the place of Abdul Razak, who had competed in the heats.
Nigeria won gold in a championship record time of 3:19.70s, followed by Poland in a time of 3:19.80s.
In the morning, India won the heat with a time of 3 minutes 23.36 seconds, qualifying for the final. With a timing of 3:21.66s, Nigeria won the heat.
Razak (48.18s), Priya (53.70s), Summy 54.63s, and Kapil 46.85s were the Indians’ split timings in the heat. In the heat, they defeated two tough teams, Poland and Jamaica. The top three finishers from each of the two heats advanced to the final.
Other finalists included the Czech Republic, Jamaica, Poland, Sri Lanka, Italy, and South Africa.
Priya (53.79s) qualified earlier in the women’s 400m after finishing third in her heat. Priya’s compatriot Summy, who finished fifth in the second heat, was unable to advance to the final. On Sunday, at 7 p.m., the 400m final will be held (IST approx).
Meanwhile, with a distance of 17.92m in the men’s shot put event, qualified for the final. Despite the fact that the qualifying standard was established at 19.20m, only three people get it, and the Indian who finished 12th and was a finalist made the cut based on the top 12 performers. The final will begin at 5.20 p.m. on Thursday (IST approx).
Vipin Kumar, who competed in the men’s hammer throw, was the other Indian to compete on the first day. With a mark of 63.17m, he placed 20th out of 24 athletes. 74.00m was the automatic qualifying mark.
Kunwer Ajai Singh Raj Singh Rana, who has a season-best of 74.75m, finished fourth in his qualification (Group A) with a throw of 71.05m in the men’s javelin throw event.