Nirmala qualifies for semi-finals in women's 400m
Quarter miler Nirmala Sheoran's semi-final qualification in the women's 400m was the saving grace in yet another disappointing day for India at the World Athletics Championship.
In the men's marathon, T Gopi finished a poor 28th while Siddhanth Thingalaya crashed out in the heats, finishing seventh in the 110m hurdles.
The 22-year-old Nirmala clocked 52.01 seconds to finish fourth in her heat in the women's 400m first round. She took the last spot among the six best finishers.
The Haryana girl will have to come up with a performance better than her personal best of 51.20 seconds in the semifinals tomorrow if she wants to qualify for the final.
Running at the inner lane number 2, Asian champion Nirmala was slow off the blocks and she was running at the fourth at the final bend. She tried her best to beat Zoey Clark for a third place aiming automatic semi-final qualification but failed in the end.