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Indian 4x400 quartet finishes 7th

August 29, 2004 01:12 IST
Last Updated: August 29, 2004 01:52 IST

The Indian women's 4x400m relay quartet ended up a distant seventh at the Olympic Stadium in Athens on Saturday to bring down the curtain on the country's campaign at the Games on a disappointing note.

The foursome of S Geeta, K M Beenamol, Chitra K Soman and Rajwinder Kaur came home in 3 minutes, 28.51 seconds, slower than the new national best of 3:26.89 seconds they posted on Friday in qualifying for the final.

The Indians made a surprising change to the line-up that ran in the semi-finals. They replaced Manjit Kaur, who had run a blistering anchor leg and enabled the squad to finish third and qualify for the final, with Geeta.

Geeta ran the first leg in the final while Rajwinder Kaur, who began the race in the semis, did the last lap, with Beenamol and Chitra running the second and third legs respectively.

The United States took the gold medal in 3:19.01 seconds. The silver was grabbed by Russia (3:20.16) and Jamaica settled for the third place in (3:22.00).

The Indians finished behind the three medal winners and Britain (3:25.12), Poland (3:25.32) and Romania (3:26.81) in that order.

This was the last event for the 75-strong Indian contingent after the exit of freestyle grapplers Sushil Kumar (60kg) and Sujit Mann (74kg) in the elimination rounds earlier in the day.

The contingent came away with the lone silver medal in shooting, won by Major Rajyawardhan Singh Rathore, in the first week of the Games.

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Sub: Why was Manjit replaced?

Manjit Kaur did the wonderful trick and brought us to the final and she didn't run in the final! What is wrong with the officials. ...

Posted by Natarajan

Sub: Not disappointing at all

I am pleased with Indian women coming into the final. it was disappointing. I felt happy to see our pretty women in the finals. what ...

Posted by vivek

Sub: Indian Performance at Athens

Congratulations to Rathore, Anju, and the women’s 4X400 team. Still one medal for a contingent of 75 and a country of billion people we have ...

Posted by Raj Prasad

Sub: Olympics

Let us go back to the drawing board and stop thinking of participation in Olympics till we can lift the level of sports in India.We ...

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