New Delhi, April 6
Star sprinter Hima Das and national record holder Dutee Chand have been named in the Indian women’s 4x100m team for the World Athletics Relays, an Olympics qualification event, to be held in Poland on May 1 and 2.
S Dhanalakshmi, who had beaten Dutee in the final of women’s 100m sprint in the Federation Cup last month, was also named in the team, along with Archana Suseendran, Himashree Roy and AT Daneshwari.
India will also field teams in the men’s 4x400m and women’s 4x400m relays in Chorzow in Silesia, Poland. The top eight teams from the World Athletics Relays will automatically qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.
The Indian mixed 4x400m relay team has already qualified for the Tokyo Olympics after reaching the final during the 2019 World Championships in Doha.
The AFI named a total of 20 athletes for the World Relays. It will be the first major international event for the Indians sprinters since the Asian Athletics Championships in Doha in April 2019.
Neeraj, Hima set for training stint in Turkey
India’s top track and field athletes, including javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra and sprinter Hima, will embark on a training-cum-competition tour of Turkey later this month, the national federation said today. Apart from Chopra and fellow Olympics-bound javelin thrower Shivpal Singh, country’s relay racers will be part of the 40-odd contingent that also includes coaches. — Agencies