The Indian 4x100m women's relay team on 18 May 2016 broke the 18-year-old national record to finish in 4th position at the IAAF World Challenge held in Beijing, China.
The 4x100m women relay team, which included Dutee Chand, Srabani Nanda, HM Jyoti and Merlin Joseph, clocked 44.03 seconds to finish the race.
The clocked time broke the 18-year-old record of 44.43s created by the quartet of Saraswati Dey, Rachita Mistry, EB Shyla and PT Usha on 22 July 1998 in Fukuoka, Japan.
The Indian team ran with Joseph starting the race with Jyoti running the second. They were followed by Nanda with Chand running the anchor leg.
The China A and the China B team grabbed the first and third position respectively while Japan finished second.
The China A team clocked 42.65s for the gold medal. Japan finished the race in 43.81s for the silver medal. The China B team finished third for the bronze medal by clocking 43.89s.
About 4 × 100 Metres Relay
• The 4 × 100 metres relay or sprint relay is an athletics track event run in lanes over one lap of the track with four runners completing 100 metres each.
• The first runners must begin in the same stagger as for the individual 400 m race.
• A relay baton is carried by each runner and must be passed within a 20 m changeover box, which extends 10 m on either side of each 100 m mark of the race.
• Another line is marked 10 m further back, marking the earliest point at which the outgoing runner may begin.
About IAAF World Challenge
• The IAAF World Challenge is an annual global circuit of fourteen one day athletics competitions organized by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
• Started in 2010, it comprised the second level (after the IAAF Diamond League) of athletics meetings over the season and replaced the IAAF Grand Prix.
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When: 18 May 2016