Qatar men’s 4 x 400 m relay team breaks Asian record
Antara/Jakarta –A team of Qatar runners took home the gold and shattered the Asian record in the men’s 4 x 400-meter relay at the 2018 Asian Games at Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) sports complex in Jakarta on Thursday night.
Samba Abderrahman, Abbas Muhamed, Mohamed and Hassan Abdullah crossed the finish line at 3:00:56, besting the previous record of 3:00:76 set by Japan in 1996 in Atlanta, the US.
The four Qatar runners also set a new Asian Games record, previously 3:01:70 set by Japan at the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok, Thailand.
Behind Qatar was India’s Pithanpurakkal Kunhu Muhammed, Ayyasamy Dharun, Yahiya Muhammed Abbas and Arokiarajiv, who grabbed the silver with a time of 3.01.85.
The bronze went to Walash Julian Jrummi, Koike Yuki, Abe Takatoshi and Ilzuka Shota from Japan with a time of 3:01:94.
In the women’s 4 x 400 m relay, India's Das Hima, Machettira Poovamma Raju, Gayakwad Sartiben Laxmanbhai and Velluva Koroth Vismaya won the gold.
Bahrain runners Jamal Aminat, EssaIman, Odiong Edidiong and Salaser Naser pocketed the silver with 3:30:61.
Vietnam completed the race in 3:33:23 and settled for the bronze. The Vietnam runners were Nguyen Thi Oanh, Nguyen Tin Hang, Hoang Thi Ngoo and Quach Thi Lan.
In the men’s 5000 m, Bahrain runner Balew Birhanu snatched the gold with a time of 13.:43:17, followed by compatriot Rop Albert and Saudi Arabia runner Alamri Tariq Ahmed.
India runner Johnson Jinson was victorious in the men’s 1,500 m, finishing the race first in 3:44:72. Following behind him were silver medalist IR Iran’s Moradi Amir and bronze medalist Tiouali Mohammed from Bahrain.
In the women’s category, Befkadu Kalkidan from Bahrain took the 1,500 m gold with a time of 4.07.88. Compatriot Belay Tigist finished in second place, while India’s Palakeezh Unnikrishnan Chitra settled for third.
Reporter: Hernawan Wahyudono
Editor: Ruslan Burhani
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