India’s Priya Mohan came close to a medal in the women’s 400m final at the World Athletics U20 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya on Saturday, eventually finishing fourth with a new personal best.
A terrific late surge from the Indian put her in the mix in the final straight of the race. But her competitors held their positions ahead. It was a personal best of 52.77 seconds for Priya, improving from 53.29 seconds set earlier this year.
This was the event that saw Hima Das create history in 2018 by winning gold medal in Tampere. Nigeria’s Uko Imaobong won gold this time, followed by Kornelia Lesiewicz (POL) and Sylvia Chelangat (Kenya).
Earlier at the event in Nairobi, Priya was part of the bronze medal-winning 4x400m mixed relay team from India. She had run three 400m races on the opening day, with the heats for the relay, followed by the heat for the individual event and later the relay final. She is also expected to be past of the women’s 4x400 relay final on Sunday.
In the men’s 400m hurdle, Rohan Kamble did not qualify for the final as he finished seventh in his semi-final race with a timing of 52.88s.
On Saturday, India added another medal to their tally with Amit Khatri winning a historic 10km race walk silver.