India’s Dhama crashes out of Paralympics

Rio de Janeiro, Sep 11 (IANS) India’s Ankur Dhama crashed out of the first round of the men’s 1500 metre T1 event despite finishing second in his heat at the Paralympic Games here on Sunday.

Dhama clocked a time of four minutes and 37.61 seconds in Heat 1, a couple of seconds ahead of Raxon Oscar (4:57.22) of Guatemala. But his timing was not good enough to ensure a spot in the semi-finals as according to the rules, only the group winners and the three best losers from the first round could progress.

Deniz Semih of Turkey clocked a time of 4:11.75 to advance from Heat 1.

Kimani Mushai of Kenya registered his season’s best time of 4:04.50 to win Heat 2. Second placed Santos Odair (4:05.34) of Brazil also recorded his best performance this season but could not make the cut for the semis.

Bill Wilson clocked a personal best of 4:13.20 to win Heat 3 and become the second Kenyan to advance to the next stage.

–IANS

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