Guwahati: Indian 4x400m mixed relay team’s silver medal, which it clinched after securing the second position at the 2018 Asian Games, just got upgraded a gold, the Athletics Federation of India confirmed on Thursday.
This happened due to the disqualification of the original winners, the Bahrain team, on account of a doping ban that was handed to one of its runners. After failing the doping test, Kemi Adekoya, one of the team members of the Bahrain team, was handed a four-year ban. The ban was given by Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) for failing the dope test for steroid stanozolol in 2019.
This means that India takes the gold followed by Kazakhstan at silver and China at bronze in the mixed relay. India is also now the first winner of the event which was introduced at the Asian Games 2018 keeping up with the international bid to find gender balance.
The Indian mixed relay team comprised of Mohammed Anas, Rajiv Arokia, Hima Das and MR Poovamma and clocked 3:15.71 sec, while Bahrain’s gold medal team clocked 3:11.89 secs. Additionally, India had also lodged an appeal against the Bahrain team for ‘obstruction.’ They alleged that a Bahraini sprinter had impeded Hima Das’ way during the race by Oluwakemi Adekoya, which was later turned down.
Moreover, as the AIU disqualified all the 27-year-old Adekoya’s results from August 24, 2018, to November 26, 2018, she also lost her Asian Games 400m hurdles title. This was another win for India because Anu Raghvan who finished fourth in the hurdles will now get a bronze. Clocking 56.71 seconds Raghvan who is elated by this news said that had this information came earlier, she could have applied for Arjuna Award.