Ashwini Akkunji set for World Athletics Championships after joint 2nd in trials

Akkunji had won a gold each in women's 400m hurdles and 4x400m relay in the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou before she was caught for doping the following year. Her two-year ban period ended on July 3.

updated: July 19, 2013 20:16 IST
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New Delhi: Double Asian Games gold-medallist Ashwini Akkunji looked set to make it to the Indian women's 4x400m relay squad for next month's World Championships in Moscow after she finished joint second in the trials held at Patiala on Friday.

Five runners took part in the trials and Nirmala, who was the fourth member of the gold-winning Indian quartet in the Asian Athletics Championships in Pune early this month, was first in 54.60secs in the 400m trials while Akkunji and Anilda Thomas clocked 54.70secs each.

Saritha was fourth with 55.80secs, while Priyanka Mondal was fifth and last clocking 56.20secs in the trials conducted in the presence of 400m coach N Ramesh and Athletics Federation of India officials at the NIS Patiala tracks.

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