The Indian quartet won gold medal in the men’s 4x400m relay at the Asian Games 2023 in Hangzhou, China. The team comprising of Amoj Jacob, Muhammed Anas Yahiya, Rajesh Ramesh and Muhammad Ajmal Variyathodi finished with a time of 3:01.58. India qualified for the finals by clocking the fastest time of 3:03.81 minutes in the heat 1 ahead of Qatar, Japan and Iraq. India also holds the Area Record in the event achieved by the same quartet at the recently concluded Athletics World Champions in Belgium. The team clocked 2:59.05 minutes to qualify for the finals behind the eventual champion USA in that event. While Qatar finished second, it were the Sri Lankans who took home a bronze after finishing third.
Mohd. Anas Yahiya ran a blistering 43.60s but was still only the fifth fastest in the leadoff before Amoj Jacob outran the competition to give India the lead, which it held on to till the end to finish ahead of Qatar.
About the 4x400m relay
The 4x400m relay is a highly anticipated and exciting event in athletics, known for its display of speed, teamwork, and strategy. At the Asian Games 2023, the 4x400m relay event showcased thrilling moments as teams from across the continent competed for glory and demonstrated their relay prowess. One of the key elements in the 4x400m relay is the seamless exchange of the baton between teammates. Teams practiced precision and coordination to minimize time lost during baton handoffs, a crucial factor in determining the race’s outcome.