23-years-old Indian athlete Mohammad Anas Yahiya, qualify for the finals of any track event in the Commonwealth Games 2018 and became the second Indian after legendary Milkha Singh, who came in the finals in 1958. Anas finished the 400 meters semi-finals in 45.44 seconds, which is less than what the legend had clocked up in the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 1958. The ‘Flying Sikh’ had finished his race with a time of 46.6 seconds, which makes Yahiya’s feats a historical one indeed. Anas was the fourth-fastest amongst all the qualifiers in the semi-finals, with Botswana’s Isaac Makwala qualifying as the fastest runner. The Indian was trailing in the fourth position, with around 150 meters left to go but, then increased the pace to beat the others behind. He won his heat by a margin of 0.33 seconds, with Jamaica’s Rusheen McDonald coming second.
However, India’s wait for a medal in athletics continued into the second day of the competition with Tejinder Pal Toor and L Suriya falling little in the final of the shot put and women’s 10000m event respectively.
Now, Yahiya will take part in the finals on 10th April (Tuesday), at 5:20 pm IST, and he would be expecting to break the shackles and return India with a medal. On Previously, Legendary track and field player Milkha Singh won a gold medal in the 400 meters, with a time of 46.6 seconds, which made him the first gold medallist from independent India at the CWG. We all are waiting for the day when India will produce next Flying Sikh.
Up until discus thrower, Vikas Gowda won the gold in 2014, Milkha Singh continued the only male athlete from India to have won an individual gold in athletics for the country. Since 1958, no runner had succeeded to reach the final of the Commonwealth Games, though Yahiya, the national record holder with a time of 45.32 promised much before the Games in Gold Coast began.
#ShareTheDream Muhammed Anas YAHIYA @muhammedanasyah 45.44 of #India wins his semifinal heat no. 3 & qualified for Finals @GC2018 #GC2018Athletics Good run Anas, keep it up & go for it.@kaypeem @VishankRazdan @PathakVishal3 @SonyLIV @ESPNIndia @IndiaSports @Media_SAI @DGSAI pic.twitter.com/ORw0VsaxT5
— Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) April 9, 2018
Muhammed Anas Yahiya will be in action at 5.18pm, IST, in the 400m final of Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games watch LIVE on Sonyliv Here's yesterday's SF-3 heat of Anas for those who missed.
Best of Luck Champion✌ https://t.co/r2KgyVOJYn
— Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) April 10, 2018