India's Silver medal upgraded to Gold in mixed relay 2018 Asian Games

Last Modified Friday, 24 July 2020 (22:25 IST)
New Delhi:The won by India's 4x400m mixed relay quartet of Mohammed Anas, MR Poovamma, and at the in Jakarta has been upgraded to gold, the (AFI) said.India's also moved from fourth place to bronze medal position in the women's 400m hurdles.
The upgrade came after the Bahrain squad, which finished first in the 4?400 mixed relay final, was disqualified with Kemi Adekoya of the team being handed a four-year ban by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) for failing a dope test.
The 4x400m mixed relay team of Anas, Poovamma, Hima Das and Arokia had finished with a timing of 3:15.7. India is now the first winner of the event, introduced in the Asian Games in 2018, in keeping with the international bid to find gender balance.
Anu had clocked her fastest time of 56.77 seconds in finishing fourth in the hurdles final while her team-mate Jauna Murmu's second fastest (57.48) gave her the fifth place. Adekoya's disqualification saw them moving up.
President Adille J Sumariwalla said the organisation is delighted with the development. 
''The additional medal takes our tally to 20, including eight Golds and nine Silvers,'' he said.
''The news comes as a fillip to us as we are aiming to build on the Asian Games showing and make a mark at the global level in the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year. 
''The 4x400m relay squad will be particularly pleased that it now has two Golds and a Silver from Jakarta. We are confident that under Coach Galina Bukharina's guidance, the relay squad will perform well,'' he added.(UNI)