Anas, Arokia Rajiv move to 400m semis, Chetan qualifies for high jump final

Anas, who holds the national record in the event, topped his heat after clocking 45.63sec, while Rajiv took 46.82sec to qualify from Heat 4.

India's Muhammed Anas Yahiya after croissing the finish line to win his men's 400m heat at the 18th Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta.   -  PTI

Asian champion Muhammed Anas and Arokia Rajiv qualified for the men’s 400m semifinals on the opening day of the Asian Games athletics competition, here.

Anas, who holds the national record in the event, topped his heat after clocking 45.63sec, while Rajiv took 46.82sec to qualify from Heat 4.

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Anas, who has a personal best of 45.24, easily finished ahead of Qatar’s Mohamed Abbas (45.81) and Sri Lanka’s Kalinga Kumarage (45.99). Rajiv came finished second behind Qatar’s Abdalelah Hassan (46.28). The semifinals will be held in the evening.

In the high jump, Chetan Balasubramanya made the final by clearing 2.15m, but none of the 13 qualifiers could touch the automatic qualification mark, which was set at 2.20m. Chetan began with 2.05m before clearing 2.15m to manage a place in the final line-up.