Is India’s domination of women’s relay at Asiad in hazard?

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A sensible technique to counter Chinese takeover of Asian quartermile rankings wanted

The Chinese just about taking up this yr’s Asian women’s quartermile rankings — they now occupy seven of the highest 10 rungs, together with the highest 4 — ought to be an enormous fear for Indians.

Heading the chart is 29-year-old Huizhen Yang, 2015 Asian 400m champion, who clocked 51.63s for the National Games gold in Xi’an final month. Behind her are 19-year-old Guojuan Liu (51.94s) and Chunyu Wang (52s), who was additionally fifth in the 800m at the Tokyo Olympics, and Zenghuan Tong (52.17s). Never earlier than has the Asian listing appeared so crowded with Chinese presence in the final 10 years.

India had 5 athletes in the Asian high 10 in 2019 (China had none then) and 2018 (China two) however has simply two this yr: the nation’s quickest quartermiler this yr Priya H. Mohan (52.77s) in fifth place and Dandi Jyothika (53.05) in ninth. 2020 has been pulled out from the comparative examine because it was an inactive yr.

The Chinese domination of the quartermile is a sign that India’s probabilities of extending its five-gold streak in the women’s 4x400m relay, which it had gained at each Asian Games since 2002, could possibly be in large bother in the following yr’s Asiad which China will host at Hangzhou in September.

“Since 2020 was a COVID year, our athletes did not have much time to train properly. Girls like Vismaya and others could not do well but they will come back. We need not get nervous, we still have time,” Tintu Luka, the star of the relay crew that gained gold at Incheon 2014 with the Asian Games document that the nation nonetheless holds, instructed The Hindu on Wednesday. “But it won’t be easy, we will have to work harder this time.”

Two 18-year-olds, Priya and Summy (53.57), who helped India to the combined relay bronze and women’s relay fourth place at the Nairobi under-20 Worlds in August, confirmed there are kids knocking at the relay crew’s doorways.

The current National meets throwing up two extra — AP’s Dandi Jyothika (53.05s, second quickest Indian this yr) at under-23 Nationals and UP’s 16-year-old Rupal Chaudhary (53.73) in the 400m Nationals in Delhi on Tuesday — proved that there’s ample expertise.

Incidentally, three of them have been sooner this yr than the three who went to the Olympics with the combined relay crew. With the Indian women’s relay crew failing to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, will probably be attention-grabbing to see what technique the Athletics Federation of India adopts to carry the younger expertise into the nationwide crew for subsequent yr’s Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, under-20 Worlds and Worlds.

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