Star sprinter Muhammed Anas Yahiya once again entered the record books on 21 July 2018 as he broke his own national record to win the 400 meters race at the Cena Noveho Mesta nad Metuji meets in the Czech Republic. Meanwhile, MR Poovamma won the women’s 400m event after clocking 53.01 seconds while sprinter Rajiv Arokia came third in the men’s 200m event with a time of 20.77 seconds.
Anas set a time of 45.24 seconds to break his own record of 45.31 seconds which he had set during the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast earlier this year. The Athletics Federation of India posted a congratulatory tweet for Anas after he set a new Indian record in the Czech Republic.
Three months back Anas had made history by becoming only the second Indian sprinter to make it to the finals of the one-lap event at the quadrennial Games in Gold Coast after the legendary Milkha Singh who won Gold in the 440 yards race at Cardiff 1958. Anas, however, missed a Bronze at the Men’s 400m Final by a whisker at Gold Coast Games but managed to break the national record by clocking 45.31.
Anas, who finished with the timing of 45.31, broke his own national record of 45.32 seconds in the 400m category, which he created in the Indian Grand Prix. Anas had pulled off a stunning performance in the Men’s 400m semi-final, finishing with the timing of 45.44 seconds to qualify for the final. Anas’ timing was the fourth-fastest among all the qualifiers while Botswana’s Isaac Makwala finished the fastest.