Bhawna Jat, Ravina, and Munita Prajapati, a race walking trio, made history on Friday by earning the country’s first women’s 20km team medal, a bronze, at the World Athletics Race Walking Team Championships in Muscat.
The gold and silver medals went to China and Greece, respectively.
Ravina finished 14th in the women’s 20km event, the best finish by an Indian, with a timing of 1 hour 40 minutes 22 seconds.
Bhawna Jat, a Tokyo Olympian, was 21st with a time of 1:43:08, and Munita Prajapati, 20, was 26th with a time of 1:45:03t.
The entire performance of a country’s competing athletes is taken into account for determining team medals.
After receiving the historic medal, Jat stated, “The hard work we put in at the national camp has paid off.”
In the 61-year history of the World Athletics Race Walking Team Championships, this was the first medal for India’s women’s team.
In 2012, the men’s team had earned a bronze medal.
Amit Khatri led the field in the last kilometer of the U-20 men’s 10km event earlier in the day but was disqualified after collecting his fourth red card.
Khatri was in the first place when he was disqualified, but even if he had crossed the finish line, he would not have won the gold.
He would have finished in the top ten if he hadn’t been disqualified after receiving his fourth red card.
Khatri, who had won silver in the 10000m race walk event at the World Athletics U-20 Championships in Nairobi six months ago, was in 11th place at the halfway point. But he progressively moved away from the pack to take the lead after the 9km mark.
At the start of the final kilometer, Khatri was third behind two Chinese walkers, but he quickly caught up and took the lead. According to the Athletics Federation of India, he also received three red cards in addition to the one previously shown to him.