Nirmala qualifies for 400m semis

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Aug 2017 09:11:10


 

LONDON,

QUARTER-miler Nirmala Sheoran’s semi-final qualification in the women’s 400m was the saving grace in yet another disappointing day for India.
In the men’s marathon, T Gopi finished a poor 28th while Siddhanth Thingalaya crashed out in the heats, finishing seventh in the 110m hurdles.


The 22-year-old Nirmala clocked 52.01 seconds to finish fourth in her heat in the women’s 400m first round. She took the last spot among the six best finishers.


The Haryana girl will have to come up with a performance better than her personal best of 51.20 seconds in the semi-finals on Monday if she wants to qualify for the final.
Running at the inner lane number 2, Asian champion Nirmala was slow off the blocks and she was running at the fourth at the final bend.