Indian quarter-miler Mohammed Anas qualified for the Rio Olympics by shattering the men’s 400m national record on the second day of Polish Athletics Championship at Bydgoszcz. Anas’ qualification takes the strength of the Indian contingent at an Olympic Games to three digits for the first time, Sports Authority of India reported.
21-year-old Anas clocked 45.40 seconds, the exact Rio qualification timing, to book the Olympics ticket on Saturday night, becoming the 21st Indian track and field athlete to qualify for the upcoming Games and the 100th overall.
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The Kerala athlete shattered his own national record of 45.44 seconds which he set on Friday on the first day of the same competition in Poland.
Rajiv Arokia, whose national record of 45.47 seconds Anas broke on Friday, finished second with a timing of 45.60 seconds.
Anas had won a silver in the Federation Cup National Athletics Championships in New Delhi in April with a timing of 45.74 seconds.
On Saturday, sprinter Dutee Chand qualified for the women’s 100m , less than a year after she was cleared to race following the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s (CAS) ruling on gender testing guidelines.
Earlier in the week, Asian Games champion Vikas Krishan (75kg) and Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Manoj Kumar (64kg), too, booked Olympic berths after advancing to the semifinals of the International Boxing Association’s (AIBA) World Qualifying Tournament in Baku, Azerbaijan.