India’s 4x400m women’s relay team on Thursday clinched its fifth consecutive gold medal in the Asian Games in Jakarta to maintain a remarkable domination in this event in the continental showpiece. The Indian women’s quartet of Hima Das, Poovamma Raju Machettira, Saritaben Laxmanbhai Gayakwad and Vismaya Velluva Koroth, finished the race in 3 minutes 28.72 seconds. Also Read - Hima Das Writes to Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju For Access to Outdoor training at NIS Patiala
Bahrain bagged silver with a timing of 3 minutes 30.61 seconds while Vietnam finished third with a timing of 3 minutes 33.23 seconds. Also Read - Year-Ender 2019, Athletics: A Year of Controversies as Neeraj Chopra And Hima Das Struggled With Injuries
India chose to start with Das in the first position, a strategy which in the end paid dividends. The 18-year-old was several metres ahead of her opponents at the first exchange. From there on, it was smooth sailing for the other three Indian women, who kept their tempo steady despite having a huge lead and at the end clinched the gold quite comfortably. Also Read - Guwahati to Host Khelo India Youth Games in January 2020
This is India’s fifth Asian Games 4x400m Gold in a row.
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The gold medal is Hima’s third medal in Indonesia after clinching silver in women’s 400m and a second-place finish in the 4x400m mixed relay event. It could have been her fourth, had she not been disqualified from 200m semifinals.
India currently stands at the eighth spot in the medals tally with 13 gold, 21 silver and 25 bronze (59 in total).