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Friday, July 7, 2017

2017 Asian Athletics Championship in Odisha,India - Indian Men's 4x100m Relay Team Disqualified

The Indian Men's 4x100 Relay Team was disqualified after one member of the quartet crossed his lane during the exchange of baton in the final leg at the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships on Friday.

The Indian team of John Anoorup, V K Elakkiya Dasan, J Debnath and Amiya Kumar Mallick finished the race ahead of Korea in a photo finish but was later disqualified to the horror of the host country.

It was a smooth race for the Indians till the first and second leg but the problem occurred during the exchange of baton between Debnath, who ran the third leg and Mallick. 

The exchange took a little bit longer than usual and while taking the baton from Debnath, Mallick, who also competed in the individual 100m dash, had crossed the lane. 

The Indians were running in the third lane while the Koreans were on the fourth lane in th second heat. 

The Korea team was declared to have won the heat in 40.18 seconds. The other heat was won by China in a fast time of 39.06 seconds.

Chinese Taipei qualified for the finals with the second best timing of 39.40secs while Thailand had the third best time of 39.48 seconds.

The Indians were not the favourites in this event but could have pushed themselves for a bronze in front of the home crowd.

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