Anas breaks 400m national record, qualifies for world c’ship

Sports News, (New Delhi), May 17:- Kerala sprinter Mohammad Anas smashed the national record in men’s 400m race on route to winning a gold medal at the third leg of the Indian Grand Prix Athletics Meet in New Delhi on Monday.

The 22-year-old Anas clocked 45.32 seconds under hot and humid conditions at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. He also qualified for the World Championships to be held in London in August. The entry standard for the World Championships stands at 45.50 seconds.

The best 400m timing ratified by the Athletics Federation of India is KM Binu’s timing 45.48, which he clocked during the Athens Olympics in 2004.

The Kerala lad broke Milkha Singh’s 44-year-old record of 45.73, which he set during the Rome Olympics in 1960.

The other highlight of the day was the showdown between the seasoned MR Poovamma of Karnataka and the up and coming youngster Jisna Mathew of Kerala in the women’s 400m race.

The 18-year-old Jisna, a protege of legendary PT Usha, had finished second to Poovamma in the second leg on 11 May in Delhi by a hundreth of a second. But on Monday, Jisna upstaged her more fancied rival.

Jisna clocked 52.65 seconds while Poovamma’s timing was 52.73 seconds. Debashree Mazumdar of Bengal was third in 53.69 seconds.The World Championships entry standard in this event is 52.10 seconds.

In women’s 100 m dash, Dutee Chand of Odisha clinched the gold but missed the World Championships qualification mark by a whisker. She clocked 11.30 seconds while the World Championship entry standard in this event stands at 11.26 seconds.

-(PR, Inputs: The Quint)

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