Rio Olympics: Mohammad Anas Qualifies For Men's 400m Race

Updated: 26 June 2016 10:22 IST

The 21-year-old Anas clocked 45.40 seconds, the exact Rio qualification timing, to book the Olympics ticket on Saturday night.

Rio Olympics: Mohammad Anas Qualifies For Men
Mohammed Anas has qualified for the Rio Olympics men's 400m event. (Image for representational purposes only) © PTI

Indian quartermiler Mohammad Anas qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics by shattering the men's 400 metres national record on the second day of Polish Athletics Championship at Bydgoszcz.

The 21-year-old Anas clocked 45.40 seconds, the exact Rio qualification timing, to book the Olympics ticket on Saturday night and become the 21st Indian track and field athlete to qualify for the upcoming Games.

The Kerala athlete shattered his own national record of 45.44 seconds which he set on Friday on the first day of the same competition at this Polish city.

Rajiv Arokia, whose national record of 45.47 seconds Anas broke on Friday, finished second with a timing of 45.60.

Anas had won a silver in the Federation Cup National Athletics Championships in New Delhi in April with a timing of 45.74.

This takes the Olympic contingent strength to 100, the largest ever for India.

(With inputs from Suprita Das and PTI)

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Highlights
  • Anas has qualified for the Rio Olympics
  • He takes part in the men's 400 metres event
  • The Olympics will be held from August 5 to 21
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