- India finished 58th at the 2019 World Athletics Championships.
- Although the country didn't win any medals, the 400m relays team as well as steeplechaser Avinash Sable qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
- The United States of America finished first with 29 medals.
India concluded its campaign at the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships with a 58th spot in the medal tally. Like the last edition, the United States finished at the top with 29 medals. Although the 27-member-strong Indian contingent was never expected to clinch any medals at the 10-day event which concluded on Sunday, it did produce three finalists. These were in the men’s 3,000m steeplechase, mixed 4x400m relay, and women’s javelin throw.
Of these, steeplechaser Avinash Sable, as well as the mixed 4x400m team, were successful in securing quotas for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Unfortunately, Javelin thrower Annu Rani ended eighth, thus, missing out on the qualification.
The 24-year-old Avinash Sable clocked 8:21:37 minutes in the finals of the men’s 3000m steeplechase event to finish at the 13th spot, enough to secure the Olympic quota.
In the 4x400m relay event, the Indian team of V.K. Vismaya, Muhammed Anas, Tom Nirmal Noah, and Jisna Mathew clocked 3 minutes 15.77 seconds in the final race to finish in the seventh spot of eight participating countries. Earlier, the Indian team had ended in the third position in its heat and seventh overall to make it to the finals. This was also enough to secure themselves a berth for next year’s Tokyo Olympics.
US continues to dominate athletics world
The United States grabbed a total of 29 medals to continue its dominance in the athletics world. Their tally read as 14 gold, 11 silver and four bronze medals. The North American nation had also topped the 2017 edition in London, winning 30 medals.
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With 5 gold, 2 silver and 4 bronze, Kenya came second followed by Jamaica (3 gold, 5 silver, and four bronze) and China (3 gold, 3 silver, 4 bronze).
Speaking on the eve of the final evening session, IAAF President Sebastian Coe pointed out to the fact that six championship records had been set during the competition, with 43 countries winning medals and athletes from 68 nations achieving at least one of the top-eight places.
“The world’s athletes have put on the best show in the history of the IAAF World Athletics Championships, according to the competition performance rankings which are used as an objective measure of the quality of international competition,” Coe was quoted as saying by IAAF.org.
“We are proud of the fact we reach more countries than any other sport,” added Coe. “Just look at the breadth and depth – 43 countries on the medals table and 86 national records set. We want our athletes to experience different cultures and different conditions. It’s what makes our sport so accessible.”