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Asian Games-bound Vithya Ramraj misses PT Usha's national record by 0.01s

Vithya Ramraj clocked the timing of 55.43s in women's 400m hurdles to win the Indian Grand Prix 5. She missed the national record held by PT Usha.

Written By: Varun Malik New Delhi Published on: September 12, 2023 13:24 IST
Vithya Ramraj
Image Source : TWITTER @ATHLETICS FEDERATION OF INDIA Vithya Ramraj

Asian Games-bound athlete Vithya Ramraj on Monday missed the women’s 400m hurdles national record set by legendary PT Usha by the barest of the margins. Vithya clocked the timing of 55.43s at the Indian Grand Prix 5 in Chandigarh as she fell 0.01s seconds short of the national record held by the current Indian Olympic Association President Usha. 

Notably, the timing of 55.43s was enough to make the 29-year-old winner of the IGP 5 event. This was also the second-best timing recorded in the season by an Asian athlete - Bahrain's Kemi Adekoya has the best. In the IGP 5 even, Sinchal Kaveramma Ravi came home second with a timing of 58.46s, while Ramandeep Kaur followed in third with 1:01.02.

Notably, PT Usha's national record in women's 400m hurdles stands at 55.42s, a feat she achieved 39 years ago at the 1984 Olympics. This is the second-longest record in Indian athletics. The longest is of the former long-distance runner Shivnath Singh, who set a national record in marathon in 1978. 

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