India had another impressive day at the Asian Games yesterday. In athletics, the women's relay team won a fifth consecutive Asian Games gold in the 4x400m race. Hima Das, MR Poovamma, Sarita Gayakwad and VK Vismaya faced little competition in the event and took the gold easily. India have dominated this particular event since the 2002 Asian Games. Hima Das, who won a silver in the 400m race, began first and gave her team a healthy lead. MR Poovamma maintained the lead as she handed the baton to Sarita Gayakwad. Vismaya completed the race in first place. They finished the race in 3:28.72, and missed the Games record of 3:28.68 by a whisker.
Meanwhile, the men’s 4x400m relay team won a silver medal. Kunhu Muhammed, Dharun Ayyasamy, Muhammed Anas and Arokia Rajiv completed the race in 3:01.85 to finish in second place. Qatar set an Asian record of 3:00.56, winning the gold in the process. Japan took the bronze, completing the race in 3:01.94.