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CWG 2018: Muhummed Anas First Indian After Milkha Singh To Enter 400m Final

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| April 10 , 2018 , 13:45 IST

India had to wait 60 years to see an athlete compete once again in the 400m final after the decorated Milkha Singh made the nation proud in 1958 as he won the gold in the 440-yard race at the British Empire and Commonwealth Games.

Muhummed Anas won his semi-final heat on Monday to qualify as the third fastest runner to feature in the final on Tuesday.

Anas was in fifth place with 120 metres to go. This is when he turned on the afterburners to finish first in the third semifinal. Jamaica’s Rusheen McDonald could only watch as Anas bolted ahead of him. He crossed the line with the time of 45.44 seconds.

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His coach PB Jaikumar believes the 23-year-old track athlete has natural talent as he possesses both speed and endurance.

"Not too many athletes have the speed to run the 100 and 200 and also the endurance to produced a strong finish in the final stretch. He is naturally gifted,” Jaikumar said about the athlete who hails from Kerala.

Anas switched from long-jump to 400m race four years ago, has come a long way in a short span of time.

The nation’s eyes and expectations will be on the young runner as he takes his place in the final of the 400m final on Tuesday at Gold Coast.