Indian women 400m relay team now on Olympic list

The Indian women's 4x400 relay team was added to the list of Olympic qualifiers list after the IAAF corrected its 'mistake'.

updated: July 12, 2008 14:32 IST
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New Delhi:

Indian women's 4x400m relay team has finally been included in the list of Beijing Olympics qualifiers after the International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF) rectified its "mistake", Athletics Federation of India said on Wednesday.

India were earlier excluded from IAAF's list of top 16 teams, who would contest in Beijing, as it had not considered Asian Grand Prix series (June 23, 26, 30) as Olympic qualifying events in the second of which at Korat (Thailand) last month India won gold with an impressive timing.

After taking into account the 3:28.29 effort in Korat, the Indian quartet have an average timing of 3:30.84 which had placed them in the 14th spot above Italy, instead of outside top 20 if the Asian GP series were not considered.

"In the latest IAAF list, India are in the 14th place. Since there are no more qualifying events left for the Beijing Olympics, Indian team has qualified for the mega event," an AFI release said.

"We have also received a communication in this regard from the IAAF," AFI Director ML Dogra said.
Top 16 teams as on July 16 will compete in the relay event in Beijing.