India’s 4x400m mixed relay appeal rejected

Vastavam web: India’s silver medal in the 4x400m mixed relay will not be upgraded to gold after the country’s protest against champions Bahrain was rejected by the Asian Games’ Jury of Appeals for the athletics competition here on wednesday. India had lodged a protest, stating that a Bahraini runner had caused obstruction to Hima Das during the relay race in which India finished second after M R Poovamma frittered away a good 30m lead. India’s protest was admitted by the jury of appeals last night but was rejected on wednesday.

“We presented our case and after due deliberation, the jury rejected our appeal. So the result stands, we are the silver winner,” an Indian team official told. However, Poovamma squandered the lead. By the time she passed on the baton to Hima, Bahrain had created a huge lead. As Hima got the baton, she had to change her lane and sidestep Bahrain’s Oluwakemi Adekoya who fell before her, obstructing her way, after passing on the baton to Salwa Naser. Hima could not cover the distance as Salwa pulled away quickly, leaving Anas with an unenviable job of covering at least 50m lead.