Anjali Devi ran the fastest 400-metre lap by an Indian for this season on Thursday, clocking 51.53 seconds at the National Inter-State Senior Athletics meet. This timing is more than half a second better than the season best by Hima Das.
VK Vismaya is perhaps the most improved Indian woman quartermiler training in Europe. Not long ago, she was considered the weak link in India's 400m women's relay team. Her timing of 52.12 from Wednesday is only 0.03 seconds slower than the season-best timing registered by Hima Das.
In a presentation during AFI's Annual General Body meeting on Friday, coach Radhakrishnan Nair claimed that India's track and field athletes could clinch 1 silver and 2 bronze in next year's Olympics in Tokyo.
The 42-member Indian team is not expected to achieve the kind of success it did in 2017 with several athletes, including javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, missing out due to various reasons, including injuries.