Indian women 4x400m relay team qualified for the Beijing Olympic Games after clocking 3:28.29s in the second leg of Asian Grand Prix at Korat, Thailand on Thursday.
The team of Chitra K Soman, Raja M Pooyamma, Mandeep Kaur and S Geetha ensured that it was among the world's top 16 teams that will run in Beijing this August. They were followed by China (3:29.75s) and Thailand (3:38.76s) on the second and third spots respectively.
India had finished seventh in Athens Olympics in 2004 and since then, the team has been on a winning spree with titles at the Asian Games 2006, Asian Championships 2007 and grabbing a silver in the Commonwealth Games, 2006.
Slowdown in timing in 2007 raised doubt over team's performance but it was largely due to transition of runners from junior to senior level.
Emergence of Mandeep Kaur and Sini Jose and consistent performance from Chitra Soman brought back the team in winning gear in 2008.