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Indian women's relay team fails to qualify

Last updated on: August 22, 2008 20:47 IST

The Indian women's 4x400m relay quartet failed to qualify for the final after finishing a disappointing seventh in the heats at the Olympics on Friday.

The team of Satti Geetha, Manjeet Kaur, Chitra Soman and Mandeep Kaur clocked 3:28.83 seconds in the eight-team Heat 1, bringing down the curtain on India's campaign at the Games.

India, who entered the race as the 15th best-timed team, could not better their 3:28.29s effort, in Korat (Thailand) at the Asian Grand Prix two months ago, which booked a berth in the Olympics.

They were also far behind their National record of 3:26.89s, set at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

The Indian girls were more than three seconds behind Germany (3:25.55s), who were the last qualifying team in Heat 1.

Russia (3:23.71s), Cuba (3:25.46s) and Britain (3:25.48s) were top three finishers in the heat.

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