India grabbed their first medal on the opening day of the World U-20 Athletics Championships when India mixed team finished third to claim the Bronze medal in the 4X400m final in Nairobi on Wednesday.
Indian runners -- Priya HM, Barath Sridhar, Summy and Kapil -- clocked season-best of 3:20.60 seconds to finish third behind Nigeria (gold at 3:19.70 seconds) and Poland (3:19.80 secs) while leaving behind Jamaica (fourth) and South Africa (fifth) in the final.
This was India's fifth medal at the World U-20s behind Hima Das (gold in 400m, 2018), Neeraj Chopra (gold in javelin throw, 2016), Navjeet Kaur Dhillon (bronze in discus throw, 2014) and Seema Antil (bronze in discus throw, 2002).The result comes after the Indian team finished first in the Heat 1 of the event with a timing of 3:23.36, which was also their season-best earlier.
India then made one change in the final with Barath S (current Federation Cup Junior champion) stepping in for Abdul Razak CR.
Apart from the quartet, Indians competed in four more events on the opening day of the World U-20s with Priya HM finishing third in the Heat 3 with a timing of 53.79 seconds. The timing didn't warrant her a direct spot in the final but she did eventually qualified on the basis of the next two fastest runners apart from the direct qualifiers out of the three heats. She will compete in the final on August 21.
Summy, on the other hand, clocked 55.43 secs in Heat 2 and couldn't make it to the final race.
In javelin throw, the two Indians in the fray -- Jay Kumar and Kunwer Ajai Singh Rana -- qualified for the finals with Kunwer finishing sixth and Jay seventh in the qualification round after a throw of 71.05m and 70.34m respectively. The duo, who couldn't qualify directly for the final, will compete in the medal round on August 20.
Meanwhile shot putter Amandeep Dhaliwal finished 11th in the men's individual event with a 17.92m throw to find a spot in the final, to be contested on Thursday.
Hammer thrower Vipin Kumar couldn't reach the finals as he finished 20th in the qualification rounds overall with an attempt of 63.17 metres.