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India win women’s 4X400m relay gold

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Incheon, Oct 2 :

The Indian women’s 4×400 metres relay team Thursday successfully defended their Asian Games title with a new record at the Incheon Asiad Main Stadium here.Incheon 1

The Indian team comprising Priyanka Panwar, Tintu Luka, Mandeep Kaur and M. Poovamma completed the race in three minutes and 28.68 seconds to overhaul the record which was also set by India in the 2010 Guangzhou Games.

The Japanese team of Aoyama Seika, Matsumoto Nanako, Ichikawa Kana and Chiba Asami set a season’s best time of 3:30.8 to take home the silver while China’s Li Manyuan, Wang Huan, Chen Jingwen and Cheng Chong clinched the bronze in 3:32.02, also a season’s best time.

Mandeep is the only existing member of the team that won the gold four years ago along with Manjeet Kaur, Sini Jose and Ashwini Akkunji.

Mandeep, who ran the last leg in 2010, gave the baton to Poovamma for the last leg.

(IANS)