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India's women relay team fails to qualify

Beijing, Aug 22: Indian women's quartet of 4x400m relay failed to qualify for the finals after finishing a disappointing seventh in the qualifying heats in the Olympics on Friday.

The team of Satti Geetha, Manjeet Kaur, Chitra Soman and Mandeep Kaur clocked 3:28.83s in the eight-team heat number one, bringing curtains down on India's overall campaign at the Games. India, who entered the race as 15th best timed team, could not better their 3:28.29s effort in Korat (Thailand) in Asian Grand Prix two months ago which booked a berth in the Olympics. They were also far behind their national record of 3:26.89s in 2004 Athens Olympics.

The Indian girls were more than three seconds behind Germany (3:25.55s), who were the last qualifying team in the heat one.

Russia (3:23.71s), Cuba (3:25.46s) and Britain (3:25.48s) were top three finishers in the heat.

Story first published: Friday, August 22, 2008, 18:57 [IST]
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