The Hima Das led women’s 4x400m quartet of MR Poovamma, Saritaben Gayakwad and VR Vismaya failed miserably in the World Relays in Yokohama on Saturday as they finished fourth in heat number 3, clocking 3 minutes 31.93 seconds
They eventually emerged as 17th place finish overall. The top 10 finishers in both the men’s and women’s 4x400m relays and the top 12 in the mixed 4x400m qualify for the World Championships to be held in Doha in September-October.
So Indian team did not qualify for the World Championship.
Hima Das was a doubtful starter but she was inducted in the team as she improved her back and ran the first leg and she was joint second in 52.60 when she handed the baton to Poovamma.
But India dropped down to sixth by the time Poovamma completed the second leg. India was still at sixth after Gayakwad completed the third leg but Vismaya, who ran the final leg, made some recovery to take the team to fifth. But after the Ukraine team was disqualified, India jumped to fourth in the heat.
The Indian team’s timing was a shade better than the silver-winning effort of 3:32.21 in the Asian Championships without Hima Das last month.
In fact Indian athletes disappointed at the men’s 4x400m teams finishing at 17th position while the mixed 4x400m quartet stood 15th.