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US powers to two wins on opening day

Champions: US relay team members of the mixed shuttle hurdles relay final, from left, Devon Allen, Sharika Nelvis, Christina Clemons and Freddie Chrittenden, celebrate their win.

Champions: US relay team members of the mixed shuttle hurdles relay final, from left, Devon Allen, Sharika Nelvis, Christina Clemons and Freddie Chrittenden, celebrate their win.   | Photo Credit: KAZUHIRO NOGI

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Indian teams fail to make the final

Sharika Nelvis and Devon Allen dominated the mixed shuttle hurdles relay as the United States won both finals at the World Relays on the opening day Saturday.

Nelvis pulled ahead on the third leg and Allen anchored the Americans to victory in 54.96 seconds. Host Japan was runner-up in 55.59. Australia was disqualified and Jamaica did not start the mixed shuttle hurdles relay, one of two new disciplines making its debut at the meet in Yokohama.

The race featured two men and two women on each team running 110-meter legs.

In another event making its debut, Ce’Aira Brown and Donovan Brazier led the U.S. to first in the mixed 2x2x400-meter relay with a time of 3-36.92. Australia was second in 3-37.61, and Japan third in 3-38.36.

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Hima runs

After keeping everybody guessing for days, Hima Das did run the but the Indian women’s 4x400m team failed to qualify for the final after finishing fourth in its heat in a season-best 3:31.93s.

The Indian men (P. Kunhu Muhammed, Jithu Baby, Jeevan Suresh, Muhammed Anas) too did not make the 4x400m relay final after taking the sixth and last spot with 3:06.05s in their heat.

Strangely, India did not field its best runners in the 4x400m mixed relay and instead opted for Jithu Baby, Sonia Baishya, Prachi and Antony Alex and finished fifth and last in its heat in a poor 3:23.59s.

The Indian quartet of Anas, Poovamma, V.K. Vismaya and Arokia Rajiv had clocked a much faster 3:16.47 while winning the silver at the recent Asian championships in Doha. A similar time in Yokohama would have easily carried the team to the final.

The top ten finishers in the men’s and women’s relays (and 12 in mixed) gained automatic berths for this September’s World Championships in Doha but while the Indian men and women (Hima, Poovamma, Saritaben Gayakwad and Vismaya) finished 17th and failed to make the cut, the mixed team was 15th.

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