India’s PU Chitra clocked her personal best in the women’s 1500m first round heats, but was unable to progress further in the World Athletics Championships at Doha on Wednesday.Also Read - World Athletics C’ships: Tobi Amusan Breaks World Record In 100m Hurdles Semis, Claims Gold In Final
Asian champion Chitra ran 4 minutes 11.10 seconds, which was a tad better than her earlier personal best of 4:11.55, to finish eighth in heat number two. Overall, she finished 30th out of 35 runners to crash out of the championships. Also Read - Celebrations At Neeraj Chopra's Village In Haryana, Panipat | Watch Video
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Earlier, the 24-year-old from Palakkad in Kerala, won the Asian Championships gold on the same tracks in April with a time of 4:14.56. Her earlier personal best was during the National Inter-State Championships in Guwahati last year.
Meanwhile, Hassan Sifan of the Netherlands, who has already won the 10,000m gold in the championships, led the time charts among the semi-final qualifiers with 4:03.88.