World Athletics Championships: Day 2 live streaming, schedule for Indian athletes in Doha
Dutee had failed to meet the qualifying standards for world championships in 2019. (Reuters Photo)
India began their IAAF World Championships 2019 campaign on a mixed note with MP Jabir shining in the 400m hurdles event on Friday in Doha.
MP Jabir finished third in his heat of men's 400m hurdles to qualify for the semi-final. He clocked a timing of 49.62s to finish 11th overall in the field of 39 athletes. Jabir will be in action on Saturday as he will compete in the third heat of the semi-final.
"I am very happy to have qualified for semis and I must say track was good and it was also encouraging to run along with Warholm. I will push to limit in tomorrow's semi final. IAAF has provided very good arrangement for us," Jabir said, as quoted by Rahul Pawar.
Jabir has a season best timing of 49.13s which will put him 2nd behind Qatar's Abderrahman Samba as per the standings after the heats. Incidentally, Jabir will run in Heat 3 which also has Samba.
Meanwhile, Asian Games silver medallist Dharun Ayyasamy failed to make an impression, finishing out of the semi-final spots in the 400m hurdles. Ayyasamy clocked 50.55s and finished 27th in the heats on Friday.
Meanwhile, M Sreeshankar failed to reach the final after finishing 22nd in the qualification round of men's long jump with a below-par effort.
The 20-year-old Sreeshankar could only produce a best jump of 7.62m from his three attempts in the qualification B. His effort was well below his season's best of 8.00m, which he had produced only last month in Patiala.
On Saturday, India's star sprinter Dutee Chand will be in action in the women's 100m heats. Dutee had failed to meet the qualifying standards for world championships in 2019 but she made it to Doha meet after getting an invite from the IAAF.
Dutee will be in action in Heat 3 of the women's 100m on Lane 2. The Indian sprinter will be hoping to produce better her season best, which stands at 11.26s.
All eyes will be on India's mixed relay team as the Asian Games gold medal-winning team will be in action in the heats later in the day.
The Athletics Federation of India is pinning its hopes on the relay team to reach the final and clinch a Tokyo Olympics berth despite the absence of Hima Das and Arokia Rajiv who were part of the Asian Games medal-winning team.
Muhammad Anas is not running in his pet event 400m but he will join the mixed relay team in a bid to boost their chances. Notably, India are not in the heat that USA and Jamaica and their chances of making the next round look good.
India at Doha World Athletics Championships: Schedule Day 2
Women's 100m - Dutee Chand in Heat 3 - 7:14 PM IST
Men's 400m hurdles - MP Jabir in Semi-final Heat 3 - 8:55 PM IST
Mixed Relay - India in Heat 2 - 10:42 PM IST
Live streaming of the IAAF World Championships in Doha will be available on Hotstar.