Indian 4x400m relay teams crash out after disappointing show

LONDON: Asian champion Indian women’s 4x400m relay team was disqualified for lane infringement while the men counterpart finished 10th to crash out of the World Athletics Championships, as the country’s disappointing show continued on the penultimate day of competitions on Saturday. The women’s quartet of Jisna Mathew, MR Poovamma, Anilda Thomas and Nirmala Sheoran clocked 3 minute and 28.62 seconds to finish seventh in the first heat of the women’s 4x400m relay round one but the team was disqualified later for lane infringement under Rule 163.3(a) of the IAAF Competition Rules. It was learnt that Jisna, who ran the first lap, committed the lane infringement coming out of the second bend. She ran in the other lane after 250m. Had the Indian team not disqualified, the timing it clocked would have been the season’s best, better than the Asian Championships gold-winning time of 3:31.34.