Men’s 4x400m relay heats, triple jump HIGHLIGHTS: World Athletics Championships, Oregon 2022 updates

Catch Muhammed Anas Yahiya, Muhammed Ajmal Variyathodi, Naganathan Pandi, Rajesh Ramesh and Eldhose Paul in action at Hayward Field.

Updated : Jul 24, 2022 08:27 IST

India’s Eldhose Paul in action during qualification.
India’s Eldhose Paul in action during qualification. | Photo Credit: BRIAN SNYDER

India’s Eldhose Paul in action during qualification. | Photo Credit: BRIAN SNYDER

Welcome to the highlights of the men’s 4x400m relay and triple jump on the penultimate day of the World Athletics Championships.




  • Paul slips out of contention with a ninth-place finish after three attempts. The last of his efforts is a mere 13.86. Jean-Marc Pontvianne takes the final place in the top-8 with a third throw of 16.86m.

We are only minutes away from the men’s javelin throw final, where Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra and Rohit Yadav will be in action.

  • Pichardo is in a league of his own! 17.92 in the second attempt. Yamig Zhu gets a seasonal best mark of 17.31. Paul stays sixth on the leaderboard after his 16.79m attempt. The Indian slips a place further as Emanuel Ihemeje records 17.03.
  • Pedro Pichardo has a world leading jump only five minutes into the contest - a magnificent 17.95m (+0.3) leap. Tokyo 2020 bronze medallist Burkina Faso’s Hugues Fabrice Zango gets a seasonal best 17.55m. Eldhose Paul gets thing rolling with a modest 16.37. Among all the athletes who have registered legal first attempts, the Indian is the only triple jumper to have finished with a sub-17 effort.


Belgium tops the second heat with a seasonal best timing of 3:01.96. The Czechs equal their National Record, clocking 3:02.42. Poland, with an SB of 3:02.51 as well, is the last of the automatic qualifier.

France and Trinidad and Tobago will return for the finals as the fastest non-auto-qualifiers.


  • India finishes 6/6 with 3:07.29, 8.33 seconds off leader US. South Africa picks up a DNS. Turns out, Rajesh Ramesh had been the slowest starter, registering 48.30.
  • Japan, second, denies the Trinidadians an automatic spot as Jamaica finishes third.
  • USA has its qualification all but wrapped up. Meanwhile, Trinidad and Tobago’s Dwight St. Hillaire tries to pull a move on the Japanese Fuga Sato in the final leg.
  • A long wait, before the athletes fly off the blocks. The Indians are the slowest during the first baton handover.
  • “On your marks!”
  • The Indians will start on the outer lane.

The men’s 4x400m relay team scripted history at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, clocking a new Asian record at 3:00.25, while competing alongside the Jamaicans and Team Poland in heat 2. The quartet of Muhammed Anas Yahiya, Noah Nirmal Tom, Arokia Rajiv and Amoj Jacob finished fourth, only a spot away from qualifying for the final.

However, this time around, there are three new members in the team in Muhammed Ajmal Variyathodi, Naganathan Pandi, and Rajesh Ramesh besides the all-too-familiar Anas, who will be looking to seek qualification.

Meanwhile, Eldhose Paul made July 22 a wonderful day for the country by entering the men’s triple jump final, grabbing the 12th and last spot (he was sixth in Group ‘A’) from the qualification round with his 16.68m effort.

That made Paul, who is yet to cross 17m, the first Indian to enter the triple jump final at the Worlds.

Abdulla Aboobacker (personal best 17.19m) and Praveen Chithravel (PB 17.18), the two men who had produced the second and third biggest jumps in India’s all-time list this year, could not come anywhere close and failed to qualify. Chithravel finished 17th with 16.49 while Aboobacker was 19th with 16.45.

Defending World champion American Christian Taylor, the 2016 and 2012 Olympic gold medallist, was the biggest name to miss the final after finishing behind Chithravel in the 18th spot with 16.48.

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