Bahrain grab inaugural 4x400m mixed relay Asian Games gold

Bahrain's Salwa Naser hands the baton to teammate Abbas Abbas during the mixed 4x400m relay final. (AFP)

Bahrain claimed the gold medal in the mixed 4x400 metres relay in the event’s Asian Games debut as China continued their dominance in track and field on Tuesday.

The 4x400m mixed relay will make its global debut at the world championships in Doha next year before its Olympic bow in Tokyo in 2020.

Nigerian-born Abbas Abbas ran the last leg of the relay as Bahrain clocked 3 minutes 11.89 seconds, comfortably finishing ahead of second-placed India. Kazakhstan took the bronze.

Bahrain’s triumph gave Salwa Naser, who had won the women’s 400m in Jakarta, her second gold of the 18th Games.

“It means something great, something special. It is the first time we make national record, Asian record and I think world record too,” Abbas told reporters.

“We are the first team to win this event. We are two girls and two boys so it’s difficult. We are used to four boys.”

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:57 - GMT 06:57