Bhubaneshwar: India’s national record holder in men’s 400m, Mohammad Anas of Indian Navy has won Gold in men's 400m run on the third and penultimate day at the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships on Saturday, Indian Navy spokesperson says in a tweet.
"India’s national record holder in men’s 400m, Mohammad Anas Muhammed Anas of #IndianNavy wins Gold in men's 400m run(45.77 Sec)#22ndAsianAthleticsChampionship", a message posted using Indian Navy spokesperson Twitter handler read.
"A feat achieved by an Indian after 42 yrs", the Indian Navy spokesperson added.
Earlier in the day, Sudha Singh clinched the Gold in women's 3000m run. The Uttar Pradesh athlete won the race in 9 minute 59.47 seconds to grab the first gold of the day for India in front of a packed crowd at the Kalinga Stadium.
With two Gold medals won today, India has swelled its medal tally to 08 Gold, 03 Silver and 06 Bronze.
Interestingly, a week before the Asian Championship, it was reported that Mohammad Anas "looks doubtful for the meet due to nagging injury".
The Kerala quarter-miler set a national 400m record of 45.32 seconds in hot and humid conditions, in the third leg of the Indian Grand Prix held here on May 15, achieving the 45.50 secs entry standard for the August world championships in London, according to the report.
Mohammad Anas however defied all such reports, participated in the 22nd Asian Athletics Championship and won Gold for the country -a feat achieved by an Indian after 42 years.
Anas had earlier broken the national record in 400 metres at the Polish Athletics Championship in Poland in June 2016, clocking 45.40 seconds, the exact qualification mark for the Olympics, becaming the third Indian athlete to qualify for the event at the Olympics, after Milkha Singh (1956 and 1960) and K. M. Binu (2004).
In July 2016, Anas was part of the relay team that broke the national 4 × 400 metres relay at Bangalore and qualified for the Olympics.
The quartet of Anas, Kunhu Mohammed, Ayyasamy Dharun and Arokia Rajiv clocked 3:00:91, rewriting the national record of 3:02.17 set by themselves four weeks earlier in Turkey.
The performance also helped the relay team jump to 13th place in the world rankings.He was qualified for IAAF in Bahamas after clocking 45.32 seconds in the Indian Grand Prix.