TWO Athletes from the Pune-based Army Sports Institute (ASI) were part of the four-member Indian relay team in the 4×400 metres category that established a new national record in Turkey, on Monday, clocking 3 minutes and 2.17 seconds.
The team includes Army’s Naib Subedar Arokia Rajiv, the current national record holder and Asian Bronze medalist, Kunhu Muhammed from the Army, Muhammad Anas from the Indian Navy, and Dharun from the Income Tax department, said a press release from the ASI. The former two are from the ASI.
According to ASI officials, the team has the support of the Indian Athletics fraternity and is giving its best to improve its position in the forthcoming competitions to clinch the Olympics berth.
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The old record was made in the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok, Thailand, clocking 3 minutes and 2.62 seconds. “The current team has been given appropriate support by the Sports Authority of India and the Athletics Federation of India who have provided training and competition exposure abroad,” said ASI Commandant Colonel P S Cheema.